The OrangeArrows team had a difficult qualifying session at Indianapolis today with Enrique Bernoldi taking 19th position on the grid and team-mate, Jos Verstappen, close behind in 20th place. Enrique Bernoldi I thought that after the progress...
The OrangeArrows team had a difficult qualifying session at Indianapolis today with Enrique Bernoldi taking 19th position on the grid and team-mate, Jos Verstappen, close behind in 20th place.
I thought that after the progress we made this morning I would have had a much better qualifying session than that. There was a problem with my engine during my first run so I had to switch to the T-Car right away which doesn't help your momentum. We did make steady progress after that but I was annoyed to be blocked during my third quick run. My last run was the best but we should have been higher up the grid here."
Compared to this morning the car has improved considerably. The handling was pretty good throughout qualifying but we just weren't quick enough. The car felt at it's best on the last two runs but on the first of those I made a small mistake and on the last I came across Montoya in Turn Three and lost time going around him. I'll have to work very hard in the race tomorrow but I had a good one here last year so let's hope for a little luck to come our way."
Graham Taylor, Chief Race Engineer
Enrique had a misfire at the end of the first sector on his first quick run so had to come in immediately to switch to the T-Car. He had a very good first run in that, considering it was the first time that car ran all weekend. After being held up by the Ferraris on his third run we sent him out again for his final attempt and he went quicker again so, all in all, he deserved more than he got today. Jos improved enormously from this morning after a whole set-up change. Like Enrique, he was reasonably happy with the balance of the car, but just couldn't get any more speed. His last two runs were looking good but he made a small mistake on his first one and had trouble getting past Montoya on his last. It will be the same story for everyone as this is a short track¡¦there will be similar tales of woe up and down the pitlane."
Spare (Bernoldi): A22-08