Minardi driver, Robert Doornbos had to dramatically abort his qualifying lap for the Turkish Grand Prix Saturday, when he lost power and pulled into the pit lane near the end of his lap with flames coming from the brake ducts on his PS05.

According to a statement by the team the problem was caused by an incorrectly fitted brake pipe.

"It was obviously a disappointing qualifying for me," reflected Doornbos.

"I was hoping for a very good run, because although we had a difficult tyre choice to make Saturday morning, I think we found a good set-up for the race and things looked promising. As a result, there was something to look forward to in qualifying, but even on the out lap, I knew the car was not how it should be, and that there was a problem with the brakes.

"They suggested over the radio that I just carry on and try to complete the lap, but the problem got worse and worse, and the car was very slow on the straights, just like the handbrake was still on. I really hope I can have some better luck Sunday and do something special in the race."

Minardi boss, Paul Stoddart was understandably less than pleased, but at least the incident meant his team got plenty of TV coverage!

"It was an interesting start to qualifying," added Stoddart, "what with Robert's spectacular incident at the entrance to the pit lane. Sadly, a brake pressure problem had left him with no choice but to abort his flying lap."

 

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