Andrea Bertolini: “The weekend kicked off just as I wanted it to. I really wanted to take pole and I managed it. The team did a great job getting the car ready and it performed well in practice and qualifying. This meant that I could give my all, improving constantly and lowering my times in each session. In the first free practice session I set 1'39"844, in the second 1'39"347 and, in qualifying, my lap time fell to 1'38"812. Even though getting pole was important, we are only 10% of the way to our target. There is still a lot to do as BMW are just as quick as us: Cerqui set the second fastest time even with a 60kg weight handicap. This shows how the decision to shave 20kg off the M3’s minimum weight, from September on, was debatable. The M3s have been 90kg lighter than our Quattroporte Evos for two races now. Even so, they don’t frighten me and I have two special fans supporting me this weekend: my three year-old son, Alessandro, and my wife Angela. She is great at giving me space while also being there for me”.
Pier Guidi: "I could be right behind Andrea at the start"
Alessandro Pier Guidi: “I am really pleased at how qualifying went. I managed to set the third best time despite having a 20kg weight handicap. I finished not far off Bertolini, who was weight-free. I could have done even better if I hadn’t started on cold tyres; we had a problem with the heated tyre covers and I couldn’t use them. Still, starting from third in both races means that I am just behind Bertolini. If I can stick to him at the start, maybe I can climb a spot. I am confident I will do well and win important points for Swiss Team and Maserati”.