LOPEZ TAKES 3RD PLACE IN QUALIFYING, ELECTRICAL FAILURE AGAIN FOR FAUZY Barcelona , 5th May 2005 -- Jose-Maria Lopez will start one more time on the second row of Saturday's GP2 race after taking a brilliant 3rd place in qualifying. Even though...
LOPEZ TAKES 3RD PLACE IN QUALIFYING, ELECTRICAL FAILURE AGAIN FOR FAUZY
Barcelona , 5th May 2005 -- Jose-Maria Lopez will start one more time on the second row of Saturday's GP2 race after taking a brilliant 3rd place in qualifying. Even though Lopez had already shown his speed in the morning free practice session (4th fastest time), things went not really easy in the afternoon qualifying. In his first attempt with new tires he lost all chance to set a fast time with this first set due to a spin in the 2nd sector.
Jose-Maria Lopez : "When we fit the second set of tires I knew it would be my only chance to set my time. My 1st sector was very good (fastest) but I think that my previous spin and the fact that my fast lap was a real clear lap (finished the lap with a car in front) cost me a few tenths. Any way, I am satisfied that we manage to be regular in the front."
The great disappointment of the day came from an electrical problem on Fairuz Fauzy's car. As the free practice of Imola, Fairuz stopped his car after only 1 lap a lost any chance to set a qualifying time.
Fairuz Fauzy : "This is really frustrating, I had good hopes here because I know the track and during the only lap I did this afternoon, I felt that the car was better than this morning."
Jean-Paul Driot : "I am really disappointed after what happened to Fairuz, he did not even reach the first corner of his qualifying lap, we expected great things for him this weekend and we have a big frustration instead. Apparently it was one more time an electrical problem, the GP2 technical staff is checking the car and we expect a radical solution for tomorrow. Jose-Maria is fast one more time, actually I think he could have been faster without his spin in his 1st attempt, but he is in the front and this is what we expect from him so I am satisfied."