Magny-Cours 1st and 2nd practice notes

First and second free practice sessions Weather: Sunshine but breezy Alessandro Nannini (Alfa Romeo) 1st: "I'm very pleased with the car today. When we came here testing a few weeks ago it felt quite good straight away. It has a good balance...

First and second free practice sessions

Weather: Sunshine but breezy

Alessandro Nannini (Alfa Romeo) 1st: "I'm very pleased with the car today. When we came here testing a few weeks ago it felt quite good straight away. It has a good balance and I think that we can have quite a good race."

Bernd Schneider (Mercedes) 2nd: "It is very hard to find a balance with the 50 kilos of extra ballast. We have too much understeer on low fuel tanks and oversteer on full tanks. The fastest time I made was with a set-up that only works for one lap."

Nicola Larini (Alfa Romeo) 5th: "All through the second free practice I was losing power. Right at the end of the session the engine broke so we know there is a reason why I wasn't as fast as we hoped. Otherwise the car is good and I think we can be quite quick here."

Klaus Ludwig (Opel) 6th: Had wheel bearing problems in the second free session. "The car was good in the first session, when we were fastest, but then we had this silly problem. However, the car's quite good and I'm optimistic for this afternoon."

Manuel Reuter (Opel) 8th: "We were the fastest here in testing a few weeks ago but now the car's balance has changed completely and we don't know why. I hardly did any laps this morning because of technical problems, then had to do a long run in the second session so we haven't decided which tyres will work best for qualifying and the first race." In addition Reuter is suffering with back problems which also affect his right leg.

Yannick Dalmas (Opel) 9th: "We changed the car's set-up between the two sessions but it didn't work so we'll go back for this afternoon. I lost some time with an electronic problem on the gearshift."

JJ Lehto (Opel) 11th: "I've changed my driving style - but I'm not saying what I've done until I've had a chance to try it on other tracks. At present the car has understeer going into corners and oversteer going out. I also had a problem with Michele Alboreto who blocked me twice and then pushed me off into the gravel."

Kurt Thiim (Mercedes) 13th: "We were quick yesterday but changed the set-up overnight and went the wrong way."

Keke Rosberg (Opel) 17th: "We're making slow progress. If we were to stay here for another three weeks I think we could be the fastest!"

Michael Bartels (Alfa Romeo) 18th: "Second gear broke in the second session so we had to change the gearbox. But the rest of the car isn't so good either."

Michele Alboreto (Alfa Romeo) 24th: "I am not happy at all. We have all sorts of problems with the car." Alboreto's car has revised aerodynamics and suspension for this race.

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Series General
Drivers Yannick Dalmas , Bernd Schneider , Manuel Reuter , Michael Bartels , Klaus Ludwig , Michele Alboreto , Alessandro Nannini , Keke Rosberg , Nicola Larini , Kurt Thiim , JJ Lehto