Petrobras Junior Team Silverstone Tuesday test summary

Tuesday 12th March 2002 Following last week's test at Imola, the team moved to Silverstone for the final two-day test before the season starts in Brazil on the 30th March. The track was wet for the start of the morning session, but Antonio ...

Tuesday 12th March 2002

Following last week's test at Imola, the team moved to Silverstone for the final two-day test before the season starts in Brazil on the 30th March. The track was wet for the start of the morning session, but Antonio Pizzonia was on the pace early on. The team decided not to use the new tyres until the afternoon session when the track conditions were quicker and therefore Antonio finished the morning fourteenth quickest.

Ricardo Sperafico only completed fourteen laps in the morning due to a problem with his car. During the afternoon Antonio was again quick early on in the session but unfortunately on his second set of tyres he spun which lost him the chance of going quicker. He finished the afternoon seventh quickest. Ricardo did not have the best of afternoons either, as the balance on his car was not ideal, he therefore finished the afternoon thirteenth quickest.

Antonio Pizzonia 1:36.214

"It was a bit better than the last test but we're still off the pace but overall it has been more productive. On my second set of tyres I spun off while I was on a quicker lap and up to that point I was four tenths quicker than my fastest lap and that was on the fourth corner so I still had the second half of the track left, so I think I could have been at least six tenths quicker than my best time. We still have quite a lot to do tomorrow to try and get on the pace when using old and new tyres."

Ricardo Sperafico 1:36.841

"It has been a difficult day especially in the morning because the weather was not great. We had a problem with the diff and we had to spend time trying to sort the problem out. This afternoon we just didn't find the right set-up we seemed to be much slower than the other drivers. I still need to improve in a few of the corners and we have a lot of work to do to find the one second gap. Tomorrow we will work hard and hopefully find the right set-up."

Team Manager - Paul Jackson

"This morning there wasn't a lot of serious running done because of the track conditions and we also had a small problem with Ricardo's car which stopped us running. In the afternoon Antonio set the early pace on his first set of tyres and then two or three people went a little quicker and on his second set of tyres he had a spin which obviously lost him his best opportunity of improving his time. However he still ended up seventh but hoping to improve on that tomorrow. In the afternoon Ricardo never quite got the right balance on his car and he also lost his second set of tyres due to traffic, so potentially he could have been quicker but again we are looking to improve tomorrow."

-pjt/cl-

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Series F3000
Drivers Antonio Pizzonia , Ricardo Sperafico