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What the teams and drivers said - Friday

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Team and Driver Quotes following Friday Practice Sessions

McLaren - Toyota - Williams - FerrariRenault
Red Bull 
- BAR - Jordan - Sauber - Minardi  

(selected team quotes, for a full team and driver preview click on the team name)

McLaren Mercedes ( Alex Wurz - 1st, Juan Pablo Montoya - 4th, Kimi Raikkonen - 5th )

"A reliable and uneventful first day with us, as always, concentrating on our Michelin tyre choice and race set up. The team has come here highly motivated and has every intention of keeping the momentum of the past few races."

Full Team and Driver Practice Report  Back to Top

Toyota ( Ricardo Zonta - 2nd, Ralf Schumacher - 10th, Jarno Trulli - 11th )

Mike Gascoyne - Technical Director Chassis
"It was a productive first day. We had no mechanical worries on the cars and both race drivers completed their programmes. Ricardo also completed his full programme doing tyre evaluation in the morning and long runs in the afternoon, and we gained some good data for the tyre choice. There were a lot of yellow flags which made it difficult to get a clear run on new tyres. But overall the cars look competitive so we'll be looking for podium finishes on Sunday."

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Williams BMW ( Nick Heidfeld - 3rd, Mark Webber - 6th )

Sam Michael (Technical Director, WilliamsF1):
Not as planned for the first day. On Nick's car we suffered a drive line failure, which we are investigating now, and Mark ended up in a gravel bed. We will check his car and data later on when the car is back in the garage. It is now going to be difficult for us to make our tyre choice, but, we have some data from the runs Nick did. Tonight we will work through this tyre data and the set up.

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Ferrari ( Rubens Barrichello - 7th, Michael Schumacher - 13th  )

Jean Todt: “Today was a day like any other, with the team working on car set-up and on choosing between the two types of Bridgestone tyre on offer. A problem with the electronics prevented Michael from completing his entire programme, but Rubens got through all of his. All in all, the situation seems quite good, with the car-engine-Bridgestone tyre package appearing to be competitive. Now we must carefully analyse the data we have acquired to finalise tyre and set-up choice, which will be crucial for tomorrow’s qualifying -which is now the only grid-deciding session – and for the race on Sunday.”

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Renault ( Fernando Alonso - 8th, Giancarlo Fisichella 9th )

Pat Symonds, Executive Director of Engineering
"After the exception of Monaco, where we ran more laps than usual, this Friday practice represented a return to the norm for us, so we ran very few laps in first practice in order to preserve the condition of our tyres for the second session. Both drivers completed their programmes without any problems and, as is usual on Friday evening, the balance still requires some fine-tuning to be completely to their liking. Performance-wise, the weekend looks like it will be closely fought with a number of teams showing competitive pace today. As usual, we are slightly behind the Friday front-runners, but I am confident we will be fighting for the front rows of the grid come tomorrow afternoon."

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Red Bull ( Christian Klien - 12th, David Coulthard - 14th, Vitantonio Liuzzi - 21st )

Günther Steiner, Technical Director:
“The air and track temperatures have been higher than expected, so we’ll have to evaluate all the data to see which tyre to use tomorrow. David had no major problems although we still need to work on the balance of his car. Christian did well, completing all the laps we needed to evaluate the tyres, but Tonio’s car had a hydraulic problem near the end of the session. The hydraulic oil pressure dropped, so we stopped his car to identify the problem and prevent any damage.”

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BAR Honda ( Takuma Sato - 15th, Jenson Button - 16th )

"With no low fuel qualifying we focused on race set-up and tyre choice today. We were also trying to be conservative with our engines as they have not been run for five weeks. However the balance of both cars needs to be improved, so we have some work to do tomorrow."

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Jordan ( Franck Montagny - 17th, Tiago Monteiro - 20th, Narain Karthikeyan - 24th )

“We had a very productive day today. Franck Montagny gave us another opinion on where we are with the chassis and the tyres and he did a very good job. Moreover, we have made some good progress on the Bridgestone tyres. Narain Karthikeyan had a few moments: he damaged the car when he hit a cone, then he had a little spin. His laps were therefore very limited. Tiago did a very professional job and we are very pleased so far.”

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Sauber ( Felipe Massa - 18th, Jacques Villeneuve - 19th )

Willy Rampf (Technical Director):
"We concentrated on race set-up work all day. We have virtually made our tyre selection. It was not a foregone conclusion, and we will confirm it going through the data this afternoon. We will also be looking for ways to improve for tomorrow."

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Minardi ( Christijan Albers - 22nd, Patrick Friesacher - 23rd )

PAUL STODDART, Team Principal, Minardi Cosworth

“Despite Patrick losing most of the second session due to a damaged wiring loom and a clutch problem, overall, we’re relatively pleased by today’s performance at a track that we felt would not necessarily suit our car at an early stage in its development. That said, to end the day between the Jordans, and within a respectable distance of Sauber and Red Bull Racing, is highly encouraging indeed. Hopefully, tomorrow we can work on reliability and set-up for what we hope will be an exciting race on Sunday.”

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Hisao Suganuma, Bridgestone Motorsport Technical Manager, said: “The track was quite dirty this morning which produced some graining on the front tyres but the track improved considerably in the afternoon session resulting in the level of graining reducing. The track temperatures did rise quite a bit to approximately 40 degrees [Celcius] which can be tough on the tyres but the tyres looked OK today. Having completed the practice sessions we will now conduct the normal checks - wear checks for example - on all the tyres used by our three teams and will make our recommendations to the teams later this evening.”

Full Bridgestone Practice Report  Back to Top


Pierre Dupasquier, Michelin motorsport director
“Several of our partner teams appear to be extremely competitive at the Nürburgring – a pleasingly familiar pattern at every race so far this season. There is a greater degree of uncertainty about Friday fuel loads this weekend, of course, with the revised qualifying system. I completely understand why Formula One is reverting to a single qualifying session, but it is slightly frustrating for engineers not to see the full potential of their cars and tyres being exploited on low-fuel runs during the build-up to the race. We will have to wait until Sunday to appreciate where we stand in the overall scheme of things.”
“What we do know, from a performance perspective, is that everything has worked very well so far for Michelin. We have several ‘prime’ compounds here, although they are only subtly different, and one ‘option’. There is a clear distinction between the different types of tyres in terms of single-lap performance, but we have yet to finalise the full implications over longer runs. It is conceivable that both will be used in the race.”
“It has been extremely hot today – but one should never be surprised by huge temperature fluctuations in this region of Germany. It was one of many factors in our pre-race preparations.”

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