Johnny Herbert: “I couldn’t wait to get into a Maserati again. The last time I drove one was towards the end of 2004 in the FIA GT; I raced the MC12 four times and just missed out on the win the last time out. So, getting back into a competitive Maserati on my home track is great. I also have to thank Andrea Bertolini who won the title last year in the Quattroporte Evo. Even though I climbed into the car for the first time in free practice and had never tested in it before, I felt comfortable with Andrea’s set up from the word go. It was perfect and I didn’t need to change anything. Now I will challenge for the podium in Race 1 even though it won’t be easy against the Audi RS5 with its four-wheel drive. It is also slightly favoured by the regulations”.
Cesari: "I didn’t cover enough ground in practice"
Mauro Cesari: “I wanted to cover a few kilometres in free practice to get to know the Quattroporte Evo but it didn’t work out because the differential broke on the first lap of session one. I covered 5 laps in session two once the car had been repaired but we didn’t complete the programme that the squad and I had planned. Added to this is the fact that I am not a professional driver and I cannot test between races; the last time I was in the car was at Imola in mid-April. I have only driven at Donington once before and not in a car as quick as the Quattroporte Evo. As things stand, from 15th spot, it will be hard to do what I set out to, that is finish in the top eight. I wanted to do this to be well placed for Race 2 as the grid order is based on Race 1 results but with the first eight places reversed. Still, I will be going for it tomorrow!”