Friday team by team: Part 2

Autosport.com's new Formula 1 editor Jonathan Noble gives a rundown of what was happening up and down the paddock during the first day's practice for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza

Friday team by team: Part 2



Felipe Massa and Giancarlo Fisichella had contrasting fortunes during the day, enough though there was little to separate them on the time sheets at the end of the day. Fisichella struggled with his car to end up 15th in the second session, while Massa was delighted with his to wind up 13th.

GIANCARLO FISICHELLA: "I was struggling just a little bit as the car lost its balance on new tyres. The track was very dirty and on my last run the front tyres were past their best by Turn Four."

FELIPE MASSA: "The car was very good today, very consistent. I had a bit of traffic otherwise I could have gone a little faster on my best lap."



The team's three drivers had a fairly unspectacular day as they worked through set-up and tyre comparison work. The team was still not saying which one of its men had use of the new lightweight R5B, but Mark Webber was nearly one second faster than Christian Klien.

MARK WEBBER: "The car is feeling good and has been reliable today throughout my sessions. I spent a lot of my time working on tyres with Michelin and we have some good data for the rest of the weekend to help with our decision tonight."

CHRISTIAN KLIEN: "Today has gone as planned for us and we have come away with some really good information on our tyres and the R5. I did a good number of laps today and we have been working on our balance and general race set-up."

BJORN WIRDHEIM: "I have had a successful day and I am really pleased with how the R5 feels. It's well balanced and I am enjoying driving here in Monza."



Mixed fortunes for the Toyota squad as Ryan Briscoe and Ricardo Zonta ended the day pretty pleased with their performance, while a rear end vibration and problems with his brake pedal baffled Olivier Panis. The trio ended the second session 12th, 14th and 18th respectively.

RICARDO ZONTA: "I am very happy with the balance we have. We also carried out the usual Michelin comparison and we found a consistent tyre for qualifying and the race. It was a good first day."

OLIVIER PANIS: "Unfortunately we could not find the source of the disturbance during the sessions, so I struggled to carry out the usual Friday programme. Now we must check the data carefully in order to find out where the problem comes from, so we can fix it."

RYAN BRISCOE: "I am extremely happy with the work we managed to achieve today. We had a few difficulties with the car set-up in first practice, but the team worked well to make improvements over the lunch break. Consequently the car was in good shape right from the start of the second session."



Nick Heidfeld's day was wrecked by an engine failure early in the second session, but apart from that drama the team's three drivers were relatively happy with the handling of their cars. Timo Glock was quickest of the trio overall, ending the second session 16th, while Giorgio Pantano was 21st.

TIMO GLOCK: "I think it was a really good day. We found some good things for the car and for the first time I would say that I am satisfied with the job I have done."

GIORGIO PANTANO: "Apart from some problems I experienced with the rear of the car, we are relatively happy."

NICK HEIDFELD: "The first session worked out quite well because the car was balanced a lot better than it was at the test. Unfortunately before I could do a timed lap in the second session, I had a technical problem which stopped the car on track."



The Minardi trio declared themselves happy with the car despite ending the day slowest overall of the cars that completed flying laps. Third driver Bas Leinders gave the team something to smile about when he set the second high speed-trap time of 361mph.

BAS LEINDERS: "It might have been better with just a little more downforce in the afternoon session, but nonetheless we had a productive day. The team worked very well and we had no major problems."

ZSOLT BAUMGARTNER: "We did some good work today, but we still have to find a good race balance for the chassis. I could definitely have gone quicker on my last run this afternoon, but was held up in traffic."

GIANMARIA BRUNI: "We made some useful changes to the car during the sessions, and as a result I am quite confident for qualifying. The car felt good for the strategy we plan to use for tomorrow."

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