Prost makes last minute changes

Alain Prost is confident that his team has overcome the troubles it encountered in winter testing but warns that the first race will be a 'public test session.'

Prost makes last minute changes

The new Prost-Peugeot AP03 has been neither fast nor reliable. Prost is reportedly unhappy with the new Peugeot engine, and blames many of the difficulties on the late delivery of the new V10 and the electronic problems it subsequently caused.

Major changes are now being made but the four-time world champion admits that the Australian Grand Prix will be tough.

'In effect we will be arriving in Australia with a brand new car, and by that I mean even in comparison with the one we have used up to now,' he explained.

'We will be working right up until the last moment which means that we will have mechanical and aerodynamic parts that have never before been tested.

'From that point of view you could say that the first race will be a public testing session for us, but it is the only way we can catch up on the delays we have suffered.'

Prost was optimistic that the design changes would cure the problems that have kept the AP03 near the foot of the timesheets and frustrated drivers Jean Alesi and Nick Heidfeld.

'At Silverstone last Tuesday Nick Heidfeld discovered that the car had been literally transformed,' he said.

'I'm certainly a lot more optimistic than I was ten days ago. It will be difficult, but not impossible.'

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