Bernoldi/Negrao - Copyright Maserati/Mario Chiarappa

Free practice

Interlagos - BRA



26/11/2010 - Interlagos
It was again the Brazilians who starred in the afternoon's pre-qualifying session at Interlagos.

This time though, the Maseratis just missed out on being the quickest on the track.

Daniel Serra, in the N.34 Maserati MC12, posted a time of 1:33.073, just off the top time of 1:33.024 set by Belgian driver Jimenez and Brazilian Dahruj in a Mad Croc Racing Corvette.

Not far back, in fourth, are Maserati's other two Brazilians: Bernoldi/Negrao (1:33.266). Bartels/Bertolini set the ninth best time (1:33.486) to improve on their morning effort.

In nineteenth came Heger/Mueller in the Triple H Team Hegersport (1:34.220).

The sessions were run under grey skies and, after an hour, a sprinkling of rain came down. Even though this lasted only a few minutes it altered the teams' strategies. As usual in pre-qualifying, the teams covered only a few laps to preserve the tyres for the main event.

Temperature: air 24, asphalt 32




0111Jimenez / DahrujCorvette Z0652:56.922
0234Serra / LongoMaserati MC12+ 0.049
0325Zonta / KecheleLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+ 0.227
042Bernoldi / NegraoMaserati MC12+ 0.242
055Westbrook / MutschFord GT Matech+ 0.248
0623Dumbreck / KrummNissan GT - R+ 0.326
0740Martin / LeindersFord GT+ 0.384
083Wendlinger / MoserNissan GT - R+ 0.407
091Bertolini / BartelsMaserati MC12+ 0.462
108Nygaard / MückeAston Martin DB9+ 0.615
1113Hennerici / MargaritisCorvette Z06+ 0.680
1237Bouchut / BassengLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+ 0.704
137Enge / TurnerAston Martin DB9+ 0.714
1424Kox / HaaseLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+ 0.823
159Makowiecki / ClairayAston Martin DB9+ 0.861
166Jani / ArmindoFord GT Matech+ 0.891
1722Campbell-Walter / HughesNissan GT - R+ 0.978
1810Piccione / HirschiAston Martin DB9+ 1.039
1933Heger / MüllerMaserati MC12+ 1.196
2038Schwager / PastorelliLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+ 1.220
2141Bobbi / PalttalaFord GT+ 1.244
224Ara / NilssonNissan GT - R+ 1.313
2312Huisman / KuismanenCorvette Z06+ 1.336


Maserati one-two in free practice

26/11/2010 - Interlagos
The Brazilian blend works.

The two Brazilian crews took centre stage as they collected a Maserati one-two in Friday's free practice at Interlagos, Sao Paolo.

Fastest on the track was Enrique Bernoldi (1:33.046). In the race Bernoldi will be pairing up with his fellow countryman, Xandinho Negrao. Negrao is substituting Miguel Ramos, a driver he crewed with in 2008 when driving a Maserati MC12 for the Vitaphone Racing Team.

Second on the timesheet, after posting 1:33.148, is the N.34 Maserati MC12. Fielded by Triple H Team Hegersport, it features the all-new duo of Francisco Longo and Daniel Serra, making their debut in the Maserati MC12. Both drivers have experience in the Trofeo Maserati Brasile driving the GranSport.

Their team mates in the N.33 car, Heger/Mueller, placed seventeenth in 1:35.266.

Eighteenth-placed Bartels/Bertolini (1:35.453) used the hour and twenty minute session to study the track. It is a new one for almost all the drivers, above all for the FIA GT1 as it is the first time the series has been held in Sao Paolo.

After the heavy rain that fell on Thursday afternoon, this morning's sessions were held under cloudy skies but on a dry track.

Temperature: air 23, asphalt 27




Free Practice

012Bernoldi / NegraoMaserati MC121:10:43.850
0234Serra / LongoMaserati MC12+ 0.102
0323Dumbreck / KrummNissan GT - R+ 0.470
0411Jimenez / DahrujCorvette Z06+ 0.664
057Enge / TurnerAston Martin DB9+ 0.904
0638Schwager / PastorelliLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+ 0.930
073Wendlinger / MoserNissan GT - R+ 1.069
086Jani / ArmindoFord GT Matech+ 1.368
098Nygaard / MückeAston Martin DB9+ 1.395
105Westbrook / MutschFord GT Matech+ 1.447
1124Kox / HaaseLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+ 1.605
1240Martin / LeindersFord GT+ 1.725
1310Piccione / HirschiAston Martin DB9+ 1.742
1437Bouchut / BassengLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+ 1.815
1513Hennerici / MargaritisCorvette Z06+ 1.979
1625Zonta / KecheleLamborghini Murcielago 670 R-S+ 2.023
1733Heger / MüllerMaserati MC12+ 2.220
181Bertolini / BartelsMaserati MC12+ 2.407
1922Campbell-Walter / HughesNissan GT - R+ 2.500
2041Bobbi / PalttalaFord GT+ 2.599
2112Huisman / KuismanenCorvette Z06+ 2.667
224Ara / NilssonNissan GT - R+ 2.847
239Makowiecki / ClairayAston Martin DB9+ 3.294