French GP: TSR practice report

Polini Grand Prix de France 2002 Day 1 17th May 2002 Round four of this year's World Championship comes to the famous circuit of Le Mans, 200km south west of Paris. We start this event better prepared with 2 machines now ready for Andrea ...

Polini Grand Prix de France 2002
Day 1 17th May 2002

Round four of this year's World Championship comes to the famous circuit of Le Mans, 200km south west of Paris. We start this event better prepared with 2 machines now ready for Andrea Ballerini, so we can look to recover the ground lost due to our lack of pre-season testing.

With unusual hot and humid weather with us yesterday, this morning returned to 20 oc and with scattered clouds.

FREE PRACTICE

Position:            26

Time: 1.48.304
No. of Laps 20
Best Lap 20

Having the luxury of two machines, Andrea started out on machine A, taking the first few laps learning this circuit, as this is the first time he has ridden here. Staying out on this machine for 9 laps, then changing to machine 2, but just managed two laps before changing back, but this was enough to find out the machine had better performance at low revs but was lacking setting at the top end of the power band.

An encouraging session as the times were coming down every lap, showing a sign that the circuit was becoming easier and being closer to the leader's times than in earlier races.

QUALIFYING PRACTICE -- 1

Position:             25

Time: 1.47.060
No. of Laps 12
Best Lap 10

Starting the session on machine B, with the intention to make 4~5 laps to improve the machine again, was thwarted when the machine failed to run properly out of the pits and he was straight back into the pits where a carburetion change was made, but again the machine failed to run correctly and he was straight back in. Changing to machine A, Andrea stayed out till the end of the session posting his best lap on lap 10 of 12, but made mistake when starting his final lap of the session going over and not through the chicane making the lap wasted and not possible to improve his position.

Improving by 1.3 seconds from this morning was good and we now seem content with machine A, as the changes tonight will be slight. We will look to machine B to start with in the morning to concentrate bringing the machine close to its best and look to improve the time again by the same margin, which will move us close to the top 8 on the grid.

-tsr-

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