Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing's weekend off to a slow start Lausitz, Germany (Saturday, May 10, 2003) - Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing struggled in qualifying today for the season's first oval at the 2.023-mile EuroSpeedway course. The ...
Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing's weekend off to a slow start
Lausitz, Germany (Saturday, May 10, 2003) - Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing struggled in qualifying today for the season's first oval at the 2.023-mile EuroSpeedway course. The #7 entry finished 15th in the morning practice with a lap time of 37.772 seconds and a speed of 192.809. Qualifying didn't go much better. The team moved up to 14th on the grid during the single car qualifying session in the afternoon. Tiago qualified 14th with a lap time of 38.196 seconds and a speed of 190.669.
"It's very frustrating right now," said the Portuguese driver. "We don't understand what the reason is for us not having more speed. We were slower (than Mario Haberfeld) at top speed in Brands Hatch and here it is the same. We have basically the same set up as Mario (Haberfeld), but there is a big difference in the performance of the two cars. Now we are going to analyse everything and see if we can get more speed for tomorrow. Qualifying is not as important on an oval, but it's still frustrating. The worst part is that we don't understand why. Otherwise, I'm enjoying my experience on the ovals; I enjoyed Las Vegas during our test and now I'm enjoying myself here."
Team owner and Formula 1 champ Emerson Fittipaldi has a positive outlook for tomorrow's event. "The car was very strong and Tiago was very strong," he said. "Mario (Haberfeld) had a quick run, so now we need to check the differences between both and that should give us the direction to go for tomorrow. It should be a very exciting race with a lot of drafting; very close wheel-to-wheel racing. It will be difficult for the rookies, but I think Tiago will do well."
Tomorrow's pole sitter is Sebastian Bourdais with a lap time of 37.000 seconds. Grand Marshal for the German 500 is Alex Zanardi who will complete the final 13 laps of the 2001 race in which he was injured. Champ Car Warm Up is at 10:00 AM local time with the race starting at 2:00 PM.