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Barcelona: Qualifying Press Conference

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11/05/2007

Timo, fastest in practice this morning, fastest in qualifying this afternoon, and two points mean you're the joint leader of the championship. Do you think you were just a bit too lazy today?
Timo Glock: Ha ha. No I think GP2 it's never so easy. I think we had a pretty good start to the weekend. Already what we had in qualifying is what we had in Bahrain as well, but in Bahrain we had not the best qualifying and I think today we got it together, especially for the last run on the new set of tyres. In the end we were on pole and Andi's in second place so it's great for the team, they did a perfect job I think. That's the hard work we did over the winter, especially the engineers and its great to be on the pole.

You were exceptionally quick today, obviously you guys have been very good in testing here but what do you put that down to?
TG: I think concentrated work in testing. I mean Andi was really quick in testing here and we're pushing each other every time which is good for the qualifying. When I saw his 28.1 I thought that was a good time, and a big step from free practice. I knew it would be hard to beat but I got it together and had a perfect lap and I think that the result of it is concentrated work. Don't look to the left, don't look to the right we just keep doing our job.

Fair enough. Also it's your first ever Pole in GP2. What does that mean to you?
TG: Yeah the last time I was on pole was 5 years ago in Formula 3 in Germany, I think in Hockenheim but I can't remember really. It's a long time ago! So it's great to be on pole. Last year we were second in Magny Cours and really close to the pole and now its great to be on pole for the first time.

Does it surprise you at all that this is your first pole in the series, and also for so long?
TG: I mean, last year it was a difficult situation when I had to change the team. First of all we had to get used to each other and work together. We had a couple of good qualifyings but I came out and every time said, ‘OK that wasn't a 100% lap' and I practiced a lot over the winter doing qualifying stuff in a go-kart. I think that worked well and resulted in pole today.

It's also the first 1-2 for iSport. What does it mean for the team.
TG: Yeah it's great. You can see that with all the mechanics. They were really happy. Last year when we were sitting in Monza together and ART won the team championship, I think Paul and the guys said OK we want it next year and we're going to work really hard on it. And that's what they've done. You could see it at every test in the winter, that they did a really concentrated job and were only looking on the set-ups and how we can get the car quicker and that's the result of it.

Andi, a great drive from you today, You had a really strong push to get pole. How was it for you?
Andi Zuber: Yeah, it was very difficult. I was first for a long time, then I heard that Timo did a 27.7 and so I was pushing really hard on my last lap. I made a little mistake in the last chicane, but I'm very happy for the second place, I'm very happy for the team, and as Timo said we did great work in the winter testing, especially for qualifying, and… yeah. This year we did it.

Early in the session you were at the top of the time sheets, but Timo put his car top. At the end you had some really quick laps too. Do you think pole might have been on for you apart from that mistake?
AZ: Timo did a very quick lap. I don't know maybe if I was one tenth slower, two tenths slower, one thousandth quicker… We'll see tomorrow. We will have a great race.

In testing here you've always been at the front. Were you slightly disappointed not to get pole today?
AZ: No. We had a very strong winter test, especially here in Barcelona where we were first and second. I was expecting top three, top four in qualifying, but second place is very good for me.

Timo's obviously been with the team a bit longer, you've joined him this year. How's the atmosphere within the team?
AZ: It's great! We work really well together in the winter and obviously now together at the races. First race in Bahrain was great and now we're looking forward for tomorrow.

Giorgio, some nice drives for you in practice and qualifying, and you were clearly pushing it to the edge, but it didn't quite happen for you. How was your day today?
Giorgio Pantano: For me, compared to Bahrain, free practice and qualifying was much better, but for sure it was not possible to catch Timo – that was not possible at all. Another tenth or two maybe, but not more than this. I know always in the winter tests and also last year had some problems to find the set up for qualifying, but I have to say we have proved a lot today. I know we have a good car for the race because always on the old tyres and with a full tank the car was quite consistent, so the feeling is fantastic for the race.

About halfway through qualifying almost everyone else had come in and you were on a great lap, right on the edge, and you found I think the only two cars on the track and then went a little wide – do you think if it wasn't for that you could have had pole?
GP: For me it wasn't possible {Giorgio's phone rings] Sorry! For sure, for me it wasn't possible today, one hundred percent. They had for sure a better car today for qualifying, and we are trying to work and keep it together for qualifying, but we are a little bit on the back of the iSport car.

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