1º He could only try the car once before the race
It had been a rough year for Minardi so it was unclear if he could even compeat that season.
2º He didn't really know the wheel that well!
On qualy the day before the race, he wasn't able to find the neutral botto, and almost stall the car when he started the engine.
3º His first lap on track was with his rental car!
As Melbourne circuit consists of normally public roads, Fernando made some laps with his rental car to get to know the track before it was closed for the race.
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