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Friday 9 September 2005
FRIDAY ON SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS:
FROM DAMP TO RAIN

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, BELGIUM, September 9, 2005 – Nicolas Kiesa and most of the other drivers wasn't able to do as much work, as they had wished for, as the Spa circuit was washed away.

It turned out to be a rather uneventful Friday on the Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. A damp track in the first session ment difficult conditions for the drivers, but bad turned to worse in the second session, when heavy rain poured down, and washed out any possibility for decent grip on the tarmac.

Nicolas Kiesa comments: "It was quite difficult this morning as I was one of the first to go out in half dry, half wet conditions and also because I have not driven here for three years. I had therefore to get used to the circuit and its difficult conditions.

"But all in all, we had a pretty good practice and I have to say that from the start, the car felt very good. The best thing about the car was even though the circuit was getting dryer and dryer, its behaviour did not change. It was very nice and I felt confident to push it harder.

"We have managed to test some tyres and we have a half-decent evaluation. If I was a race driver, I would have a 85% idea of which tyres we should use and this despite the fact we did not run in the second practice."

Adrian Burgess, Jordan Sporting Director comments: "Everything went ok this morning but we could not do a lot of work because of the weather conditions. We did our tyre blanket comparison this afternoon and all the tyre blankets worked perfectly well. We will wait until tomorrow to see what the weather brings."



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