Heidfeld Frustrated by Lack of Track Time
|By Atlas F1||Friday, March 5th 2004, 07:18 GMT|
German Nick Heidfeld was satisfied with his first day of work after Friday's practice for the Australian Grand Prix.
The Jordan driver, however, admitted the lack of track time had left him frustrated as he had been unable to try a different set-up for his EJ14. Heidfeld, in his first Grand Prix with the Silverstone-based squad, completed only 15 laps and posted the 19th quickest time of the day.
"It's good to be back out on track and we did our tyre evaluation programme but I'm a bit frustrated that we weren't able to carry out a set-up change I wanted to make after the morning session, and now we have limited time available," said Heidfeld.
"Otherwise, I think I'd have been a bit further ahead in the timing sheets. If it had given me an extra tenth I would have been within range of Toyota and Jaguar, a good starting point at our first race."
Italian Giorgio Pantano, making his Grand Prix debut this weekend, finished more than two seconds off Heidfeld's pace in 23rd place.
"I enjoyed my first day of Grand Prix driving and I'm concentrating entirely on learning as everything here is new for me," the Italian driver commented. "We are making every effort to do our best and I think in preparation for tomorrow we can make changes and improve, for sure."