ARDEN INTERNATIONAL DRIVER EVALUATION PROGRAMME
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Early December and Estoril plays host to the final part of the Arden International 2004 driver evaluation programme. Christian Horner had invited Scott to become part of the programme with the current F3000 champions and Estoril would be the venue.
Unfortunately the heaven's opened on day one and we had to wait until after lunch to go out. At the end of the day Scott had put the quickest time in of the day and for a first time in the car, in the dreadful conditions this was a brilliant effort.
On the Friday, the sky's were blue on the way to the circuit but as it had been raining for two days it would take till after lunch before the track and curbs were bone dry.
The Formula Superfund Series is a series we are also looking at for next season and Arena Motorsport were there with the SF01 Superfund car for some development work. Scott was looking forward to a run in the Superfund car after the Arden test, but unfortunately the Superfund car went off the track in the tricky drying conditions before he had the chance.
With two sessions left, Scott went out on slicks and started to bring his lap times right down on the drying track although there were still damp patches in the shade and over the curbs.
On his last session, Scott went and put in a great lap that was quicker than anyone had gone to that point on the Friday, proving his speed and maturity.
The Arden team continued running for the rest of the day and after the track had dried completely, the fastest time of the day set by Scott was lowered a little further.
Scott Mansell, Zig Zag Mansell Motorsport
"I really enjoyed working with Arden International and I was impressed with the professional manner of the team. Their F3000 car is lovely to drive and the handling is very progressive. It was really good fun in the wet and at one point the rain was really pouring down. 4 & 5.
DAY 1 - VERY WET
DAY 2 - DAMP BUT DRYING
DAY 2 - DRY
Christian Horner, Arden International
"Scott Mansell has performed impressively over the last two days and his car control, maturity, understanding of the data and his outright speed have really impressed me. He is indeed deserving of his inclusion as finalist for this years McLaren Autosport Award and he clearly has a bright future."