Statements after qualifying

Mugello - ITA

Alessandro Pier Guidi 

Statements after qualifying

24/09/2011 - Mugello
Pier Guidi: “Second is good but I could have done better”

Alessandro Pier Guidi:I could have bettered my 1'54"523 if I hadn’t been held up by a few back markers and if the yellow flag hadn’t come out. In the second free practice session, my time of 1'54"221 was set without pushing very hard at all and so I feel that there was room for improvement. Still, considering what happened in qualifying with the traffic on the track, drivers who don’t check their rear view mirrors and the various crashes, I would say that things went well. I am satisfied with this performance because it proves that we did well at the recent tests at Franciacorta and that the slight changes made to the car have paid off. Now I hope that the two Mercedes behind me do not jump ahead of me at the start as they have much more power, over 70 bhp more, thanks to their bigger engine”.

Bertolini: “I paid for an oversight

Andrea Bertolini:
What can I say? It will be even harder now. We did well in free practice and I was confident about qualifying and the races because I thought I could get into the points even with a 60kg handicap. I felt that I could take on Ferrara, my direct rival for the title, as he also has 60kg on board this weekend. As it turned out, everything went against us in qualifying. Along with my team mate, I was slowed down by drivers who didn’t look in their rear-view mirrors and this meant that I never had a clear track. I also had braking problems because the callipers didn’t hold, meaning that I continually had to push the pedal to the floor. Even with these hiccups, I managed to set the eleventh best time of 1'56"508. But, in the end, the performance didn’t register because officials found a problem with a sensor mounting in the post-qualifying checks. This has never happened to me before. I was hit with a penalty and all my times from the session were scrubbed. This means that I will start from the back of the grid in both races because, in Superstars, the two grids are identical. So, even if I will ditch a bit of weight after the first race, I won’t really benefit in race two. Even so, I will be giving it my all. I won’t throw in the towel; I will try to do my best so that it is all to play for at Vallelunga”.

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