Doornbos Delighted with Promising Start

Dutchman Robert Doornbos was delighted to celebrate his birthday with a promising start to the Brazilian Grand Prix

Doornbos Delighted with Promising Start

The Minardi driver, who turns 24 today, posted the 14th fastest time in the final practice session, less than two seconds off the pace set by McLaren's test driver Alexander Wurz.

"It's great to be able to celebrate my birthday with the Minardi team today," said Doornbos. "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 number one 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."

Minardi boss Paul Stoddart was also pleased with the team's performance after Doornbos' teammate Christijan Albers posted the 19th quickest time.

"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," said Stoddart.
 
"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."

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