Magny-Cours qualifying notes

Qualifying Weather: Warm with sunshine and light winds Nicola Larini (Alfa Romeo) 1st: "I drove the same good lap as I did yesterday in testing but the main difference with the track is that there is much more grip today. The car is very ...

Qualifying

Weather: Warm with sunshine and light winds

Nicola Larini (Alfa Romeo) 1st: "I drove the same good lap as I did yesterday in testing but the main difference with the track is that there is much more grip today. The car is very consistent in its handling and I think we are in a strong position." Both Martini Racing cars have reverted to 1994 specification sequential gearboxes for the Magny Cours race.

Alessandro Nannini (Alfa Romeo) 2nd: "The car is running well. When I saw Franchitti's time I felt sure that it was possible to beat it. We'll just have to try to repeat the showing tomorrow."

Dario Franchitti (Mercedes) 3rd: "We made a slight change to the set-up after this morning and it seems to have worked. I'm a little surprised how fast we were able to go. Concerning my championship hopes, as I said In Estoril, there's still time to kidnap Bernd Schneider."

Bernd Schneider (Mercedes) 4th: "The set-up was okay for one lap but we need to make some changes to the car. After the de-briefing we'll know exactly what it is that we need to alter."

Manuel Reuter (Opel) 5th: "I'm quite happy with my time but nevertheless we still need to work. I've had some massage on my back and feel much better but I really don't know if I can complete two races on Sunday..."

Jan Magnussen (Mercedes) 6th: "My first lap should have been my best but I wasn't sure about the set-up on the car so I went out later and did another one."

Yannick Dalmas (Opel) 7th: "We changed the set-up from yesterday to today but it was a big mistake. We changed it back for qualifying and got this reward. The team has worked really hard for the last few weeks to give us this sort of performance."

Stefano Modena (Alfa Romeo) 8th: "I'm not delighted but we have made some progress."

Klaus Ludwig (Opel) 9th: "I just went out and did a safety lap to make sure that I was guaranteed a place in the first 15. Manuel Reuter's time is a far better indication of the car's potential and my aim is a top six place tomorrow."

Gabriele Tarquini (Alfa Romeo) 11th: "I think this is just as fast as this car can go and I'm in the top 15, which is important. I'm enjoying the ITC very much but, after driving for Tyrrell at the Nurburgring last week it took me a couple of laps to become reacquainted with this style of driving."

Keke Rosberg (Opel) 14th: "I'm one second faster than this morning so I should be happy - but I'm not really satisfied."

JJ Lehto (Opel) 15th: "I thought I would be in the top eight but I think we chose the wrong tyres - there was hardly any grip at all."

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Series General
Drivers Jan Magnussen , Yannick Dalmas , Dario Franchitti , Bernd Schneider , Manuel Reuter , Klaus Ludwig , Stefano Modena , Alessandro Nannini , Keke Rosberg , Gabriele Tarquini , Nicola Larini , JJ Lehto