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リリース – ボーダフォン・マクラーレン・メルセデス

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2009 SANTANDER ITALIAN GRAND PRIX FREE PRACTICE

Monza, Friday September 11

LEWIS HAMILTON
MP4-24-04
P1 programme                                     26 laps
1m23.936s (1st)
P2 programme                                     32 laps
1m24.902s (11th)

Lewis conducted four runs this morning as he evaluated MP4-24’s low-downforce Monza package and back-to-backed a number of aero components. Despite losing a piece of bodywork (a right-hand-side fuel-filler cap) on his first lap, he was immediately on the pace,topping the timesheets for the whole session. He completed runs of three laps/1m24.632s best, four laps/1m24.147s, five laps/1m23.936s and threelaps/1m24.920s.
The afternoon’s session also started with a slight hiccup when Lewis flat-spotted his tyres under braking for the Variante della Roggia and pitted early to avoid the excessive vibration. Nonetheless, he enjoyed another productive session, tweaking the set-up and evaluating both tyre compounds while running heavier fuel-loads. He conducted Prime-tyre runs of one lap/1m31.930s, 10 laps/1m25.099s before switching to Options and setting best times of 1m24.902s (nine laps) and 1m24.920s (three laps).
“I’m pleased with our progress,” said Lewis. “It’s always a little nerve-wracking when you arrive at a unique circuit such as this because you want to see if you’ve taken the right direction with the car’s aerodynamics. But this morning’s session showed us that the engineers had made a very accurate assessment of what would be needed. KERS certainly helps around here – we can expect it to be worth nearly four tenths in qualifying tomorrow – but we also made some good progress with our overall package. This afternoon was spent on heavier fuel-loads, so you can’t read too much into the times, but I’m encouraged by where we are.”

HEIKKI KOVALAINEN
MP4-24-03
P1 programme                                     27 laps
1m24.332s (2nd)
P2 programme                                     41 laps
1m24.482s (4th)

A strong day for Heikki, who underlined the solid foundations of MP4-24’s low-downforce spec by finishing the day’s sessions in second and fourth place. He started the morning working to neutralise the set-up of the car, becoming increasingly happy with the balance as the session progressed – he set times of 1m25.133s/six laps, 1m24.332s/six laps and 1m24.492s/eight laps.
For P2, he once again declared himself happy with the balance, setting times of 1m25.311s/five laps and 1m25.164s/nine laps before switching to Options and recording a 12-lap long run (1m25.320s), a 1m24.482s/four laps and a final single-lap run of 1m24.865s.
Heikki said: “At Monza, you’re always facing the problem of balancing overall downforce with grip through the corners – and I think today was possibly better than we anticipated. We’re quicker in the corners than we were last year, which is good.
“The KERS advantage here is nearly four tenths per lap so it’s really helpful along the straights and out of the slower corners. Others have more downforce compared with us, but we have this fantastic KERS from Mercedes-Benz. It’s funny: the teams have all adopted different technical solutions but the laptimes are still very close together – that’s the beauty of Formula 1.”

MARTIN WHITMARSH
Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

“A disciplined day’s work for the team today as we evaluated our low-downforce Monza aero components and looked at tyre performance on heavier fuel loads. We’re encouraged by the results of today’s programme, but are fully aware that all teams will be making substantial changes overnight and, equally, we’ll need to further adapt our cars ahead of qualifying. Nonetheless, we’re encouraged by the direction we’ve taken and the results we’ve seen in both of today’s sessions.”

NORBERT HAUG
Vice-president, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport

“Two good and productive sessions for us today. As we’ve all learned over the course of this season, the field is very tight. Heikki in fourth is separated from Giancarlo Fisichella in 20th position by just over a second, and all 20 cars are within 1.6 seconds. Our long runs on high fuel loads looked quite promising compared with our competitors,but I seriously think there are a handful of teams who can compete for pole tomorrow.”
image002.jpgルイス・ハミルトン
フリー走行1=1位/フリー走行2=11位
「僕らの進歩に満足しているよ。ここみたいなユニークなサーキットに来ると、マシンの空力の方向性が間違っていないか試したくて、神経を使うんだ。だけど、午前中のセッションでエンジニアが正しい仕事をしてくれていることが分かったよ。KERSは、このサーキットでは力強い味方さ。搭載の有無で、予選でも0.4秒くらい差が出ると思うよ。全体的なパッケージもさらに良くなってきてる。今日の午後は燃料をたくさん積んでいたから正確なタイムを読むことはできないけど、僕らは自信があるよ」。

ヘイッキ・コバライネン
フリー走行1=2位/フリー走行2=4位
「モンツァではいつも、コーナーを通過する時のグリップとダウンフォースのバランスに苦労させられるよ。だけど、今日は思っていたよりも上手くいったと思う。去年よりもコーナーで速かったしね。ここだとKERSがあると、1周につき0.4秒くらいの違いが出るからストレートと高速コーナーの出口では心強いよ。ライバルたちは僕らよりダウンフォースが多いけど、その代わりに僕らはメルセデスのファンタスティックなKERSがあるんだ。全然違う技術を使ったライバルたちが、トラックに出るとラップタイムがかなり近い。面白いよね。そこがF1の面白いところでもあるんだ」。

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