WEC - What the Drivers Said on Friday at Bahrain  | Federation Internationale de l'Automobile

WEC - What the Drivers Said on Friday at Bahrain 

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13.12.19

The four crews who claimed the class pole positions for tomorrows Bapco 8 Hours of Bahrain faced questions in the post qualifying press conference.

Bruno Senna – no1 Rebellion Racing R13-Gibson LMP1

“It was tricky to manage the out lap because the Ginetta was out front and it was essential to go out hard to keep the tyre and brake temperature up.

“It was a good lap and the car felt hooked up last night too [in FP2]. It was night quite as hooked up today as I think the track conditions were not the same as last night but it was good enough for pole and the team did a good job. Honestly, we are a bit surprised to have been on pole twice as this is not the track which makes our car look the best but we will take it for sure.”

 

Gianmaria Bruni– no91 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR

“It was a tough qualifying like always in LMGTE Pro. I has the first shot and it was good and we were ahead of our sister car [No.92], so I said the tyres look good and the car feels good so we try to get the pole and extra point can really count.

“We changed our strategy and Richard [Lietz] went in and he did a great lap which was really amazing. We have been working so hard in the practice sessions working for the race so we didn’t really care about qualifying so much but it came to our side and we are happy.” 

 

Paul Di Resta – no22 United Autosports Oreca-Gibson LMP2

“All year we have shown we can be at the sharp end and we managed to convert it to pole position today and it is nice.

“We have had a difficult start [to the season] with some technical issues but we have put ourselves in a good position now and hopefully it will be more straightforward in the race. The car has been in a good zone.”

 

Larry Ten Voorde – no57 Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR

“It is my second ever WEC race but my first qualifying. We were really pushing and we got done for track limits but the car felt quite good and I got the maximum out of the tyres.

“Ben did a mega job and was within a second of me. I am happy and excited for the race tomorrow but we still have to work on the strategy for tomorrow but I am super happy to be here and well done to the team.”