3rd free practice Weather: Warm, overcast In a continuation of their domination of the practice sessions at Donington, the two silver AMG Mercedes of Dario Franchitti and Bernd Schneider once again topped the timesheets in the third free ...
3rd free practice
Weather: Warm, overcast
In a continuation of their domination of the practice sessions at Donington, the two silver AMG Mercedes of Dario Franchitti and Bernd Schneider once again topped the timesheets in the third free practice session. Klaus Ludwig gave Opel cause for optimism with the third fastest time while Nicola Larini found extra speed from his Alfa Romeo to take sixth position. There was disappointment for his Martini Racing team-mate Alessandro Nannini who was forced to withdraw from the meeting following his accident on Friday.
Dario Franchitti (Mercedes) 1st: "The car's alright and I'm alright."
Bernd Schneider (Mercedes) 2nd: Suffered an engine failure at the end of the session. "Despite that I'm quite happy with the car and I won't make any changes for Top Qualifying. But this track is really funny - we're two seconds faster than yesterday but don't ask me why. The air temperature is just the same so I don't see any reason for the quicker times."
Klaus Ludwig (Opel) 3rd: "The car's great and Klaus is great. But we've had to be careful with the aerodynamics of the car here - we've got different diffusers and underbodies but they don't seem to make any difference."
Kurt Thiim (Mercedes) 5th: Left the circuit but did not damage the car. "It was my fault, I was just going too fast. But I'm really happy with the car. Finally we have it working exactly as we want and I think I have a really good chance this afternoon and tomorrow."
Nicola Larini (Alfa Romeo) 6th: "I was pleased to have completed a lot of laps this morning. It meant that we could work on the handling of the car a little bit and try to improve it. But the handling isn't perfect yet so we still have some work to do before the race."
Michael Bartels (Alfa Romeo) 7th: Still continuing without the ground effects underbody on his car. "The car is quite good now. I think that a position on the front three rows of the grid will be good and now, it seems, that we can do those times."
Yannick Dalmas (Opel) 11th: Practice delayed by electrical failure. "I think the alternator failed, so we lost some time on the track. But, on the other hand, I'm quite happy because we've found some grip and balance in the car."
JJ Lehto (Opel) 18th: "This is my Friday practice session. I missed so much of yesterday's sessions that I don't have any information for the set-up of the car - I had grip for one lap only today. This afternoon I'll just have to cruise around and, for the races, I'll rely on the Christian Danner tactics once again."
Alessandro Nannini (Alfa Romeo) has been withdrawn from the meeting following his accident during Friday's timed qualifying session. "The team worked through the night to repair the damage to the car," explained Alfa Romeo engineer Sergio Limone. "They managed to get nearly everything done but, when it came to fitting the gearbox, the alignment was out and couldn't be corrected."