Ralph Firman Q&A

Ralph Firman was the surprise of first qualifying in Montreal, the Jordan driver taking an excellent fourth place on his first day at the Canadian track. He was helped by being on Bridgestone tyres, which had a clear advantage over Michelin in the soaking conditions, and also by the fact that the rain had eased slightly by the time he went out. However, it was still a lot wetter than when the Ferraris set their times early on, and he also outpaced six other Bridgestone runners. It will probably mean very little by Sunday, but nevertheless it was an excellent performance and a lot better than sticking the car in the fence. Adam Cooper spoke to him straight after the session

Ralph Firman Q&A



"It's not the easiest track. It's got very low grip, and you're running with very low downforce. It was a lot more slippery than I expected it to be, actually. But it's basically just chicanes and straights."



"Yes, it's very difficult to find out where to brake, and obviously you've got to make sure that you get through them quickly as well, especially the last one - it's very hard."



"The car felt reasonably good. Because of the heavy rain Charlie [Whiting] decided that we could use the deep groove tyres. So I went out on those, and it was the first time we'd ever run them. I think they worked really well. We still have to improve the car a bit more, because in qualifying we had lot of oversteer on turn-in, and then mid-corner understeer. But it felt pretty good."



"It felt good, and I just wanted to make sure that I didn't make any huge mistakes, really, because you don't want to be at the back of the grid tomorrow, as it's so important. Luckily I got a good lap time at the same time, which was nice."



"Yes, from the middle part of the session it had certainly stopped a lot, which helped a great deal."



"Yes. Hopefully it will be wet on Saturday as well! I think Bridgestone has got a good tyre for this weekend. So if it stays wet, who know what might happen?"

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