Johnny Herbert: “I made my Maserati debut on my home circuit, Donington, but I enjoy Mugello much more. It is a much more technical circuit and brings out the drivers’ skill and rewards balanced cars that handle well, like the Quattroporte Evo. The car is running great and I have found that Andrea Bertolini’s title-winning set up from last year suits me fine. So, as the weekend is about to get underway, I am feeling optimistic. I also think that reviewing the cars’ balance of performance was the right thing to do because it was too biased in favour of the Audis and penalised the Maseratis. Assigning a 100 kg handicap to the RS5 was right but this won’t be felt that much because of the car’s four-wheel drive. I also believe that reducing the weight on the Quattroporte Evo was correct, as was removing the engine air flanges. It will be like driving with two hands at Mugello because, at Donington against the Audis, it was like having one tied behind my back: I had no chance. I came third in Race 1 at Donington, behind Morbidelli and Kristoffersson, but I hope I can do better at Mugello”.
Cesari: “I am aiming to qualify in the top ten"
Mauro Cesari: “Mugello is one of my favourite tracks. I can’t stand circuits where it all comes down to braking and accelerating and where engine power is what counts. Mugello calls on the drivers’ technique and favours cars set up well, like the Quattroporte Evo. I finished third here in 2009 but the championship was much less competitive than it is today. Everything considered, I reckon I can finish high up the standings this weekend. Obviously, as I am not that experienced, I will be focusing on Race 2. I will be doing all I can to qualify in the top ten and finish in the top eight in the first race. This will mean starting high up the grid in Race 2 as the order is based on the final placings in Race 1 but with the places inverted. Our Quattroporte Evos will be more competitive thanks to the new balance of performance regulations but the BMWs and Mercedes’ are also lighter and so it will be tough out there”.