DIFFICULT QUALIFYING FOR BOTH PRAMAC D'ANTIN RIDERS IN DONINGTON Pramac d'Antin riders Alex Barros and Alex Hofmann braved the second of today's two practice sessions in preparation for tomorrow's British GP, the eighth championship appointment...
DIFFICULT QUALIFYING FOR BOTH PRAMAC D'ANTIN RIDERS IN DONINGTON
Pramac d'Antin riders Alex Barros and Alex Hofmann braved the second of today's two practice sessions in preparation for tomorrow's British GP, the eighth championship appointment of this 2007 season.
Today's weather conditions were more favourable than yesterday but this wasn't enough to help the ‘Portacolori' Italo-Spanish team that will start tomorrow's GP from the fifth row of the grid when the red lights are extinguished.
Brazilian Barros had some bad luck, even if he had a good feeling with his race set-up, he wasn't able to utilise fully the Bridgestone qualifying tyres and could not obtain a strong position on the starting grid because of some technical difficulties.
For Hofmann, the British GP will be a difficult race as the German rider still searches for a good fee ling with his bike.
Alex Barros (1'30.071 on race tyres -- 23 laps )
"Putting to one side my position on the starting grid, I must say I'm quite satisfied with my race set-up. Today we worked a lot on race configuration and the results are not so bad: I have some difficulties under braking, but in general I have a good feeling and my race pace is satisfactory. Unfortunately, because of some technical difficulties that we haven't still identified, I wasn't able to exploit the qualifying session fully. However, I'm not really worried about this and I will rely on a good start that will hopefully help me to contest a competitive race. Tomorrow morning, I hope we can use the warm-up because we have a small modification to try that could help us to improve further; nevertheless, we are following the right direction."
Alex Hofmann (1'29.911 on qualifying tires -- 29 laps)
"I'm not really satisfied because I haven't found the right feeling to ride the bike. In the first two sectors of the lap, we are quite good, but in the chicane I'm not as fast as I want to be and I lost too much time this afternoon. We need to study closely all the data at our disposal to really know what it is that is not working as well and to be able to make set-up modifications. For me, it is very important to have greater confidence and, in this way, I could be faster, especially in the last two turns, and to make up some lost ground during the race. The last track session tomorrow morning will be a very important point and if we succeed to perform then we have more possibilities to get important results in the race. I hope that tomorrow's track conditions will be dry, so that during the warm-up we will can try further setting solutions.