Krumm Qualifies Tenth and Battles to Seventh Qualifying Michael qualified his 1999 Team 5Zigen Reynard in tenth place for the penultimate round of the 2001 Formula Nippon Championship with a time of 1'35.825, a little over a second from pole ...
Krumm Qualifies Tenth and Battles to Seventh
Michael qualified his 1999 Team 5Zigen Reynard in tenth place for the penultimate round of the 2001 Formula Nippon Championship with a time of 1'35.825, a little over a second from pole position. " We did a fairly good job today, maybe there was a little left to be found in the car, but not a lot. I had some good laps and did not make any mistakes. The differences between the cars is becoming more obvious as the year goes on, the team's with the newer cars are now getting the best from them and we are suffering" Michael commented Saturday evening.
From the fifth row Michael made a good start and passed two cars in the first few corners, only to be pushed wide by the also fast starting Noda (Qualified 11th) and to lose the places he made from the start, he completed the first lap in tenth place.
Following the pit stops, Michael was lapping behind team mate Hattori (who passed him during the pit stops) and Kageyama who he had originally passed at the start. Within half a dozen laps Michael had passed Hattori and began to close very quickly on Kageyama. Michael was soon on his gearbox and the two lapped within a few tenths of each other for fifteen laps, Michael then managed to pull off a superb overtaking move, when Kageyama lost down force in traffic and take seventh position.
Once clear of Kageyama, Michael immediately began to lap 1.0 second quicker , but sadly the delay's had cost him any chance of getting into the points.
"I made a very good start and would have managed to hang onto the leaders through the pit stops, unfortunately Noda made a crazy move on the first lap and I had to take to the grass. Hattori pitted very early and managed to gain several place, so after my stop I was caught behind him and Kageyama. Following Kageyama was difficult, as these cars have a lot of down force and to stay on his gearbox was tough, but once I got past, it was easy to lap at close to the pace of the leaders" Michael commented from Motegi.