Pit & paddock
Comments after the race at Spa
Andrea Bertolini (2): «I can’t tell you if this success is better than the one in 2006, all that matters is that my name is in this race’s honor’s list. I thank the team and Maserati for the opportunity I was given and I dedicate this success to Roberto Ronchi, who is leaving Maserati, and I welcome Harald Wester who is joining us now.»
Comments after the qualifying at Spa
Andrea Bertolini: «Unfortunately, the traffic on the track was decisive and this was a shame because the car had the potential to be on the front row. On my first quick lap I was held up at the final curve by a much slower car. From the telemetry, you can see that I dropped 1"6 seconds (for the record, Bertolini's best time with the first set of tyres was 2'15"759, Ed). I asked for the car's set up to be tweaked because I felt a but of understeer when I put my foot down, especially at Pouhon and at Eau Rouge. Now the car handled much better but the track was so congested I couldn't make the most of the new tyres. With the third set and on a dry track, we managed to improve the time even though there was a car ahead of me coming out of Blanchimont. Still, I am pleased because the car is consistently quick and this is what counts.»
Alexander Negraõ (2): «It was certainly a strange qualifying session. The first set of tyres worked well and, with the track still quite warm, we were comfortably in third even though we were trying not to stress the brakes too much taking corners. We had old brakes on the car as the number of sets used during the season is quite low anyway. We didn't really have the chance to exploit the second set due to the traffic and then the red flag came out. I only had the third and last set on for about nine minutes but, as it was the first time I have driven this track in the dark, I couldn't get the best out of them.
This meant that I could not attack some of the more bigger curves and that is crucial to do if you want a quick time. The time may be a reason to be down but I am not worried at all. Firstly, the car is set up brilliantly; secondly, we have three sets of tyres in good condition and, thirdly, the race lasts 24 hours so it is not fundamental to be in pole. We will have to be switched on the whole time and maintain a high tempo in the race».