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Comments after qualifying

Budapest - HUNGARY

Comments after qualifying

29/08/2009 - Budapest
Alex Müller: «I am very happy at how the car performed: it really is great. We worked hard on the set up for qualifying because it is not easy overtaking on this circuit.»

Alessandro Pier Guidi: «I had a problem with vibrations from the front end, above all when braking, so I decided to come into the pits during my first timed lap. The guys checked the car over to see if there was anything wrong but they couldn’t find anything. So, I went back out and, as time was running out, I pushed as hard as I could. I managed to grab fourth even though vibrations were still there and lasted the whole session. This was a shame as I could have been even more aggressive; I would have done better. It was weird because we had no problems in pre-qualifying. Anyway, the car is very well balanced and I am pleased with our performance».

Alex Müller (2): «We are hopeful about tomorrow because the car is very consistent. It is the first time after Silverstone that I will be racing without any ballast and, I have to say, it makes a huge difference. You just have to compare my times with Bertolini’s. Taking of Bertolini, I have to apologise to him because I was ahead of him when he was on his quick lap and I think I may have held him up when he, in the past, has always let me through. I am really sorry but I just didn’t see him. Anyway, I would like to thank the team for this pole for their hard work after Spa and for preparing a perfect car. I cannot wait for tomorrow».

Andrea Bertolini: «Our aim was to be ahead of Hezemans/Kumpen’s No.4 Corvette and we managed it. We could have done even better: during one of the opening laps we set the best time in the first two sectors but, unfortunately, one of our other cars held us up in the third sector. It is a shame but these things happen. Tomorrow we will be sixth on the grid. We will try to start fast and find some free track to play with rather than get held up in traffic. This is why we will be deciding the best strategy in the upcoming briefing sessions. As for the Maserati MC12, we are really happy with the set up and think we will do well. Races here at Budapest are difficult, hard fought and tricky. We need everything to go our way…»

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