GUINTOLI IN NINTH POSITION IN THE FIRST OFFICIAL SESSION OF THE YEAR After this morning official presentation at the Spanish circuit of Jerez de la Frontera, the Alice Team was able to step on the track with the new colors that will be used ...
GUINTOLI IN NINTH POSITION IN THE FIRST OFFICIAL SESSION OF THE YEAR
After this morning official presentation at the Spanish circuit of Jerez de la Frontera, the Alice Team was able to step on the track with the new colors that will be used during the upcoming season. The day began under heavy rain, which have limited the riders' work during the morning. In early afternoon the weather conditions have improved, even if the track has remained wet for the afternoon official test. Young French rider Sylvain Guintoli has made it to enter the top ten in the first official session of the year, and he feel confident after this day of work. In the other side of the Alice Team garage, things didn't go too well for Toni Elias, who has finished in nineteenth position.
Luis d'Antin - Team Principal
"It was the first time for our riders in wet condition under pressure to get the result, and maybe Toni found some difficulties also for this reason. But we don't have to worry because we believe in him and he has all the time he needs to adapt to the Ducati Desmosedici GP8 Sat. We are very happy for Sylvain (Guintoli) result. His abilities in wet conditions are well known to everyone. Tomorrow we have to work a lot to obtain as many information possible for when we will come back here for the first European Grand Prix of the 2008 season."
Toni Elias - Alice Team Rider (19th best lap time in 1:57.698 - Total laps 7)
"I have to be honest, today I didn't have much confidence with the bike, and results are the proof of it. Tomorrow's weather forecast don't promise anything good, I need to work in dry condition to continue to adapt to my new bike. I am sorry for my technicians who wanted to do well in this first official session of the season. I will give my best to be able to give them great performances as soon as possible."
Sylvain Guintoli - Alice Team Rider (9th best lap time in 1:52.058 - Total laps 14)
"I am happy to finish this first test in ninth position. It isn't surely a sensational result, but a good first step towards the beginning of the season. It's a pity that in my last fast lap I couldn't improve my performance, we tried a different rear wet tyre that didn't perform as we thought with the drying track conditions. In addition, wind has increased, limiting our performances."
-credit: alice team