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Jordan EJ15 needs improvement: Narain
May 26, 2005 17:23 IST
Narain Karthikeyan will be back on track with confidence for the season's final Formula 1 race in Europe, where he expects the down force track will not be too tough on tyres and give him a pretty good finish in the seventh Grand Prix in Nurburgring, Germany.
The Jordan driver, who failed to finish the race last Sunday in Monaco for the second time in his debut season, also said that every track has its own challenges and his Jordan EJ15 still needs a lot of improvement on the aerodynamics front.
Jordan Grand Prix will conduct an aerodynamics test session after the European Grand Prix and before it crosses the Atlantic for the Canadian and American legs.
"At first sight, it looks like the current Nurburgring is a fairly high down force track and should not be too tough on tyres," said Karthikeyan, who left Monaco for Germany on Monday with his wife Pavarna along with the mechanics and engineers.
"Having said that, each race presents its own unique challenges.
"The Nurburgring is a flowing track and we should reach high speeds of around 290kph on the main straight. Obviously, to achieve a competitive lap time we need good traction, particularly out of the hairpins, good chassis balance and stability under braking," he said.
The 28-year-old rookie Formula One driver, who had only one day to relax and review the Monaco race, also explained his failure on the Monaco track.
"After six races I feel I've learnt how to set-up the car properly. Monaco was a different game, because I lost the pace on Thursday with my small accident and I never found the confidence around the Monaco track again for the rest of the weekend," Karthikeyan said.
The Indian described the Nurburgring track as a beautiful one, which was very interesting initially and exciting towards the end.
"The first corner is very interesting as we have to brake very hard from 300km/h down to first gear for the entrance to the Mercedes Arena.
"The last part of the track is also exciting where we'll go over 300km/h on the straight before the Veedol chicane which is a great opportunity for overtaking.
"This is also quite a beautiful circuit with the Eifel mountains in the background. However, I was warned about the weather here, which can change quickly and play a major role in the result. Some say that it could be wet on Sunday, which is excellent news for Bridgestone tyres, but we will see.
"The Jordan EJ15 still needs a lot of improvement on the aerodynamic front but I feel we can have a good result here like we did in Imola."
Karthikeyan's race weekend has already started in Germany with a special invitation from Toyota team principal Tsutomu Tomita and Toyota Motorsport president John Howett to visit their factory in Cologne.
"It was fascinating to see how the world's second largest car manufacturer manages its day-to-day motorsport operations with over 800 employees working at the Cologne base. I can now understand why the Toyota engines we use are so strong and reliable", Karthikeyan said after a visit to the Toyota factory.
"On Wednesday morning I also worked on my fitness jogging around the Nurburgring to try to understand it already. I ended up running about 10km.
"Tomorrow I'll also have a chance to examine the circuit closer at the wheel of a car. All of us F1 drivers will be driving lucky prize draw winners around the circuit," he said.
"I think this is a great opportunity to reach out to the fans and give them something back," Karthikeyan said.
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