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Go Taku !Time Diff lap
1 A. Wurz McLaren 1:11.701 25
2 T. Sato BAR 1:12.738 +0:01.037 17
3 F. Alonso Renault 1:12.782 +0:01.081 10
4 J. Button BAR 1:12.918 +0:01.217 12
5 K. Raikkonen McLaren 1:13.065 +0:01.364 5
6 G. Fisichella Renault 1:13.094 +0:01.393 10
7 A. Pizzonia Williams 1:13.427 +0:01.726 4
8 M. Webber Williams 1:13.509 +0:01.808 4
9 R. Zonta Toyota 1:13.573 +0:01.872 20
10 J. Montoya McLaren 1:13.846 +0:02.145 4
11 C. Klien Red Bull 1:14.468 +0:02.767 7
12 R. Schumacher Toyota 1:14.695 +0:02.994 4
13 D. Coulthard Red Bull 1:14.724 +0:03.023 5
14 M. Schumacher Ferrari 1:14.749 +0:03.048 4
15 R. Barrichello Ferrari 1:14.893 +0:03.192 5
16 J. Villeneuve Sauber 1:15.459 +0:03.758 8
17 J. Trulli Toyota 1:15.471 +0:03.770 4
18 V. Liuzzi Red Bull 1:16.351 +0:04.650 15
19 N. Kiesa Jordan 1:16.531 +0:04.830 17
20 N. Karthikeyan Jordan 1:16.555 +0:04.854 9
21 T. Monteiro Jordan 1:16.595 +0:04.894 9
22 C. Albers Minardi 1:17.180 +0:05.479 6
23 R. Doornbos Minardi 1:17.232 +0:05.531 6
[Edited on 23/9/2005 by Minardus]
[Edited on 23/9/2005 by Minardus]
MINARDI TAKES WINGS
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL, September 23, 2005 – The Minardi F1 Team arrived in Sao Paulo optimistic of a strong performance in this Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix. Apart from the Faenza squad having performed well at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in previous years, the Minardi Cosworth PS05 chassis being used by drivers Christijan Albers and Robert Doornbos this weekend are fitted with a number of significantly revised aerodynamic components, including the front wing, floor and diffuser, which should assist performance levels. At the start of Friday’s two free practice sessions, Albers and Doornbos reported the track to be dusty and lacking in grip. As is the norm, however, grip levels improved as air and track temperatures rose and rubber was deposited on the surface. Both drivers concentrated on fine-tuning the handling of their chassis, and Doornbos, who turns 24 today, gave himself a memorable birthday present, recording the 14th fastest time of the afternoon. Albers, who found himself caught in traffic on his new-tyre run, completed the day in 19th place, but still ahead of five other drivers. The team’s official Friday tester, Enrico Toccacelo, is not present in Brazil, as he is competing for Team Italia in the inaugural round of the A1 GP Series at Brands Hatch this weekend.
ROBERT DOORNBOS Best lap: 1 min 13.922 secs Position: 14th
“It’s great to be able to celebrate my birthday with the Minardi team today. Everybody said ‘happy birthday’ this morning, which was fun, and to conclude the day like this was terrific. I was quick and able to get a good lap. I like this circuit a lot, and it was a great team effort as well. I have a new No 1 Mechanic on my car for this race, Ignazio Sanzone, and he was understandably a little bit nervous at the start of the day, but did a terrific job, along with all of the guys. I think we’re going to have a good birthday party tonight.”
CHRISTIJAN ALBERS Best lap: 1 min 14.563 secs Position: 19th
“I think it was quite a hard day today because this is my first time in Brazil and I didn’t do so much running this morning – only three flying laps. Then we started to go well at the beginning of the second session and were able to do a considerable amount of work. The car balance was good and we could turn consistent laps. When we did our new-tyre run, though, there was just too much traffic, so it wasn’t possible to set a really good time. We’ll just press on with our work tomorrow.”
PAUL STODDART, Team Principal, Minardi Cosworth
“To be ahead of three Red Bulls, both BARs, a Toyota and three Jordans can’t be a bad birthday present for any racing driver! Both Minardi drivers did a solid job today on a track where, given our modest expectations, we’ve always performed well. We look forward to continuing this progress through the weekend.”
- Ends -
Chassis allocation – 2005 Brazilian GP
Doornbos (No 20) PS05/02
Albers (No 21) PS05/01
Spare (Albers) PS05/03
He was also 0.7s off a 7 times champ too.
If Minardi could be just 3sec off the pace at the end of last year at Brazil, with Bridgestones that on that day weren't the best, we could be in the hunt for some Sauber and Red bull fighting.
Perhaps the Red Bull team should relocate to Faenza from Milton Keynes- they might learn something.
RD 14th! YAY !:)
Toccacello will still be 3rd driver for next events?! YAY:)
So, what happened to RD's former engineer?? Got snagged by TOIT or A1 Italy or something??
Below RD's press release:
He was light as a feather, as were the Saubers. Normal service will be restored tomorrow.
I spy with my little eye Renault-style flaps on the front wing.
Of course we were light on fuel. Who wasn't?
You aren't going to change their minds - they would already know what the team is going to be called and if it's got Minardi in the name i'll stick around in some form.
If it's just corporate Red Bull Light i'll finally take my Mark Webber-supporting ass and migrate over to the only independent then left, Williams.
Jello and quig - you guys (esp quig) have a special affinity with Minardi because you've been to the factory and met the team. Good for you. Just because others haven't doesn't make their views any less worthy or relevant. ;)
If anyone don't like my viewpoint, eat shit. :o
Of course we were light on fuel. Who wasn't? [/quote]
Well looking at the times for that session probably BAR, Toyota, Jordan and Williams.