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Brno: Saturday Quotes

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13/10/2007

Brazil

Sergio Jimenez: "I was really happy by Q4 compared to the start of qualifying. In Q1 we went the wrong way and the car was undriveable, it was a very difficult session for me. After that we changed the car a lot between each session. If I explained how much we changed, nobody would believe it. It feels now like I've started driving a racing car. Our pace on old tyres is good so I'm confident for the races. The sprint is short so realistically I think we can try to gain a position at the start and maybe one more in the race, and just go for some good points. In the feature, who knows, maybe we can get a podium. We've done a lot of hard work this weekend, so I'm looking forward to turning that into a strong race performance tomorrow."

Canada

James Hinchcliffe: "It's unfortunate that we effectively wasted this morning's practice working on a set-up with a questionable set of tires. Our theory about the tires was proved correct as soon as we started qualifying and we were up against it from then on. I have to give credit to Simon (Cayzer) and the team as they kept their cool throughout and we've emerged with a decent Feature start."

Czech Republic

Erik Janis: "Well, I am disappointed. I was quite happy with the car after the last practice but somehow it did not work in the qualifying. We put a new set of tyres and we had the same problem like yesterday and the rear oversteered a lot. Actually, I thought that the Q2 on used set would be quicker but it did not happened. We did some changes for Q3 and the car was much better. I tried to improve on the last run but was too quick at the first corner and spun. It is a shame but I had to try! I had known that it is going to be a difficult weekend because I am still lacking mileage. However, anything can happen in the races and I can promise that I will fight hard!"

Antonin Charouz, Seat Holder: "We have to me realistic. Erik has a talent but you can not expect that he would jump from Octavia do A1GP and will be in front immediately. He should improve in the second half of the season after will know the car better. Obviously, we would have preferred better result in our home event. I believe that Tomas with his experience would have done better but he is not fully fit. I know that Erik is disappointed and it is quite a trying weekend for him but I am sure that he will get through it will be stronger in the future as a result."

France

Nicolas Lapierre: "We were quick this morning but we weren't able to maintain the same pace with the new tyres when we went out this afternoon. Our race set-up is almost perfect. Maybe we lacked just that little extra bit of time to prepare for qualifying. We were a second off pole but the gap is much smaller in race conditions. Overall, I'm pretty confident for tomorrow. We've got nothing to lose for the Sprint race while the Feature race will allow us to make the best of the situation with a strategy well adapted to race circumstances."

Olivier Panis, Sporting Director: "Nicolas Prost and Nicolas Lapierre's work yesterday on worn rubber has borne fruit. The fall-off in tyre performance is enormous on this circuit, but we've managed to limit the problem in race set-up. We still wear our tyres, but less than the others. Of course, we'd have liked to do better in qualifying, but the performances of the cars are so close that the slightest little problem can have serious consequences. Nicolas Lapierre was a late replacement for Loic Duval, and we didn't have enough time to allow him to find his marks. Thus, he maybe didn't have enough confidence to really go for it this afternoon. We've got measured ambitions for the short race but in the other one anything can happen. We'll draw our conclusions after the chequered flag falls."

Germany

Christian Vietoris: "Unfortunately our set-up wasn't quite right today. After everything went perfectly on Friday and we set the fastest time, we had a lot of understeer this morning on the used tyres. For this reason we changed the set-up again before qualifying and, as it turned out, in the wrong direction. In the two qualifying sections for the sprint race I then had big oversteer. We then went back with the set-up step-by-step until it was the same as Friday, but it was only in the fourth session that it was as it should have been. Unfortunately, I had to overtake several cars on my last fast lap which cost me a lot of time. Ninth place on the grid for the main race was the best I could do. It'll be tough to make up places in the sprint race tomorrow. With a bit of luck a podium finish in the main race could be possible, because overtaking is possible in Brno."

Great Britain

Robbie Kerr: "Both the sprint and feature qualifying sessions went fairly well though we weren't exactly where we wanted to be - unless I'm on pole position, I'm not hundred per cent happy! We had a few issues earlier in the weekend with tyre graining but managed to fix this before qualifying. We will make a few minor adjustments ahead of tomorrow's races and I'm looking forward to going out there and challenging for some serious points".

Katie Clements, Team Principal: "Naturally pole position is always the aim, but the team and Robbie performed very well today and to line up 3rd for both races gives us an obvious opportunity for podium finishes – and perhaps the chance to win as we did in Zandvoort. The pit crew will have a lot of work to do tomorrow, but the team has already shown how well it is working so we are very much looking forward to both races."

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