Wednesday May 9th, 2001
Brazilian Luciano Burti is confident he can use his experience of the A1-Ring to help the Prost team overturn their disappointing start to the season at this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix.
Burti, who moved to Prost at the expense of Gaston Mazzacane, finished in a respectable 11th position at the Spanish Grand Prix two weeks ago, but believes he can improve on the performance in Austria.
"Last week's test has been very useful for the team and personally very productive as I'm getting more familiar with the team," said Burti, who stood in for Eddie Irvine at Jaguar for last year's Austrian race. "I have worked a lot on my car's set-up.
"The Austrian Grand Prix will be for sure always special to me, since it's where last year I ran my first Formula One Grand Prix. It is still a good memory although my debut was somehow hasty. It was so unexpected that my helmet was not even ready.
"The A1-Ring is a fast low grip track, where it is difficult to find the limit, especially on qualifying," he added. "Even though racing there once was not enough for me to learn the circuit, I enjoyed it, and after testing with the team in Valencia, I feel ready and confident."