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Friday 23 September 2005
FRIDAY AT INTERLAGOS:
THE ALL IMPORTANT TYRE TESTING

SAO PAOLO, BRAZIL, September 23, 2005 – It was a hard days work on the Brazilian Interlagos-track, as Nicolas Kiesa had to combine his expirience with the EJ15B, the anti clockwise track and then some, to reach a verdict for the tyre compound.

After using both sessions on different types of Bridgestones Nicolas clearly favors one of them. His choice has been handed over to the regular drivers, Tiago Monteiro and Narain Karthikeyan, who will continue the evaluation on Saturday.

As the tyre evaluation took a little longer usual, Nicolas ended the day in 23rd spot. In Fridays first session Nicolas managed a time of 1:16.351 and was 21st. He bettered the time by almost 1½ seconds and was faster than regular driver, Narain Karthikeyan, in the second session.

Nicolas Kiesa comments: "It went pretty well today considering the fact that the last time I drove here at Interlagos was in F3000 in 2002 and my physical condition was not good enough at that time. I was wondering how it was going to be driving a Formula One car and I was glad to see that it was not a problem.

"I struggled a little bit to find a good car balance as the track surface is very bumpy and dirty. I have tested different types of Bridgestone tyres and now we have to make our choice for tomorrow."

Adrian Burgess, Jordan Sporting Director, comments: "Today was not a bad day. The three cars were reliable and we were able to gather a lot of data on the tyres and chassis changes we have performed today. I think we know which way we will go regarding the choice of tyres for the rest of the weekend.

"The circuit is relatively short so it can be quite busy when the 24 cars are out. Nicolas completed a great number of laps, which will give us a lot of useful information. The times were all relatively close so now we will wait and see what tomorrow will bring."



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