Qualifying Michael, using a new Reynard Chassis for the first time in two season's, qualified in eighth position for the final round of the 2001 Formula Nippon Championship. With the drivers title already decided, Michael's job for the weekend...
Michael, using a new Reynard Chassis for the first time in two season's, qualified in eighth position for the final round of the 2001 Formula Nippon Championship. With the drivers title already decided, Michael's job for the weekend was to secure the Team Prize for 5Zigen.
"I thought we would do a little better than P8 today, as the new car has a lot more grip. We only completed a shake down test for about an hour earlier in the week, and found that the car is very pitch sensitive, so we are still learning about the set up. I have a lot of oversteer, which cost us in qualifying, so we have to work on that tonight to try and find a good race set up" Michael commented Saturday night
From the start Michael made one of his trademark starts and was fighting for fourth position in the first lap, before making a slight error and dropping back to run in sixth position for the first part of the race. Staying on the track as long as possible Michael inherited the lead as others stopped in the pits and set a string of very quick laps, to gain track position.
Following his pit stop Michael rejoined in fourth position and set another string of fast laps, finally leaving the mark at 1:47.631 for the fastest lap of the day. Closing quickly on the second and third place cars of Tachikawa and Michigami Michael challenged for position, but still suffering from oversteer could not make a move stick.
"Today was quite good, I am pleased to get the fastest lap and secure the team prize for 5Zigen, but we should have been on the podium. If I had held my position at the start it may have been possible. The new car is very good, but we still do not understand it fully, the other teams took most of the season to work out the set up, so we did not do a bad job this weekend. With the over steer I could not get a really clean run on the cars in front to make anymore places and our gearing was a little short for the long straight here" Michael Krumm.