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First practice looking a bit sad - nigh on 10 seconds off the pace! :o
I think we should all relax and not expect anything until Imola.
Both Minardis about 5 seconds off the pace. 5 seconds gained between 1st and 2nd practice. The rate we're closing on the big boys this weekend we could dominate. ;)
1 12 Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 1:35.608
2 10 Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes 1:35.620
3 38 Ricardo Zonta Toyota 1:35.677
4 9 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:35.719
5 17 Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:35.838
6 6 Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:35.841
7 2 Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:35.949
8 3 Jenson Button BAR-Honda 1:35.992
9 5 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:36.103
10 14 David Coulthard Red Bull Racing 1:36.57
11 16 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:36.841
12 15 Christian Klien Red Bull Racing 1:36.968
13 35 Pedro de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes 1:37.033
14 4 Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 1:37.044
15 8 Nick Heidfeld Williams-BMW 1:37.067
16 1 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:37.270
17 39 Robert Doornbos Jordan-Toyota 1:37.878
18 11 Jacques Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas 1:38.121
19 19 Narain Karthikeyan Jordan-Toyota 1:38.855
20 37 Vitantonio Liuzzi Red Bull Racing 1:39.349
21 18 Tiago Monteiro Jordan-Toyota 1:39.755
22 20 Patrick Friesacher Minardi-Cosworth 1:40.940
23 21 Christijan Albers Minardi-Cosworth 1:41.156
24 7 Mark Webber Williams-BMW
5 seconds off the pace :( - but we improved by around 3 seconds from practice 1 well done mechanics and drivers.
BAPTISM OF HEAT
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, March 18, 2005
After nearly a week spent acclimatising to the heat and humidity of Kuala Lumpur, Minardi F1 Team drivers Christijan Albers and Patrick Friesacher today had their first chance to sample the challenging Sepang International Circuit, scene of Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix. Driving interim Minardi Cosworth PS04B chassis, the men spent Friday’s two one-hour practice sessions familiarising themselves with the 5.543-km track and adjusting the handling of their cars to suit. Albers and Friesacher both reported that circuit grip levels improved during the morning, and subsequently made progress with chassis set-up in the afternoon session.
Time: 1 min 40.940 secs Chassis: (No 20) PS04B/02
“I’m happy with the job we did today because we improved the car quite a lot and discovered some interesting information about the diffuser. I’m also feeling more comfortable in the car than I did in Australia, but we still have some work to do on overall car balance. I’m looking forward to tomorrow and making a further step forward. As usual, the mechanics did a really good job and the car ran reliably throughout both sessions.”
Time: 1 min 41.156 secs Chassis: (No 21) PS04B/04
“It was a good day overall, and I think we made some progress. Patrick and I were both trying different aerodynamic parts and chassis set-ups. It’s a shame that the level of traffic meant I wasn’t able to get as much as I would have liked out of the new tyres, but the most important thing to focus on now is qualifying tomorrow, and we’ll see what we can do then.”
PAUL STODDART, Team Principal, Minardi Cosworth
“It’s clear to everyone that the 2005 regulations are a resounding success – so much so that they’ve succeeded in adding more than three seconds to Minardi lap times compared with last year. Furthermore, it is interesting to note that, in the first practice session today, in near-identical climatic conditions to 2004, the top 10 cars were, without exception, faster than last year.”
Stoddy spot on here. Max is shit.
It's to costfull and useless to drive a 3rd PS04B overseas !!!!
But we REALLY need to have a 3rd driver once the European races get going !!!!
And SteVefan, don't even think about it....You know in your heart the rest of us are right.
Max, however, loses for every day this thing goes on, as his potential electorate view the chaos. Its an embrace of death, with no winners.
At least we have two evenly matched and competent drivers this year. That will be interesting to watch.
In my mind that is a victory for the Faenza crowd. No budget, small staff, 2002 era chassis and we are still improving.
Does not sound all that bad to me.
Our engines will run like last season. That's why Patrick changed it for this weekend (as well as Albers) !!!!
Pat will however get the penalty !!!:(
Swing and a miss for Max. Again.
one-two for minardi in first 20 mins. of any f1 practice must be a record eh?