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What the Drivers Said... Qualifying

2016 WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps - Post qualifying press conference
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Porsche Team – Porsche 919 Hybrid

Timo Bernhard  #1:  “In free practice we did a good job for the race but also found some improvements for qualifying. Brendon did a mega lap and so I knew what I had to deliver. We are now in the best position for tomorrow and are happy to have scored our first point.”

Brendon Hartley #1: “I managed to put a pretty good lap together and Timo did almost the same lap time. But we didn’t expect such a gap. In the first practice session we were not happy with the balance of the car and the improvement since is a great team effort. We have now scored our first championship point for pole and want full points tomorrow. That’s the goal. After my accident in Silverstone our championship title defence starts here in Spa.”

Romain Dumas #2: “Because we had issues with the FIA telemetry on Thursday, we missed some time in free practice and therefore haven’t finished our set-up work. Even so we have managed to improve the car for qualifying. La Source, the first corner, is very tight and therefore it is good to start from the front row. In the race tyre wear will be crucial. It will be exciting to see who manages it best to keep the tyres in the operating window.”

Neel Jani #2: “We had some difficulties in practice and are not as well prepared as the sister car. They are really fast, congratulations. We knew that for us a realistic target for today was P2 and that’s what we’ve got. Before qualifying we also fitted new brakes which was a significant improvement.”

Toyota Gazoo Racing – Toyota TS050 - Hybrid

Anthony Davidson #5: “I didn’t extract the best out of the tyres on my qualifying lap. It was my first flying lap on new tyres this week and the grip surprised me. It was good to be fighting with the Audis, but Porsche were out of reach in qualifying trim. I think tomorrow we can be closer and I hope we will be in the fight.”

Kazuki Nakajima #5: “The car was strong and the lap time was very close to third position. We have made a real improvement in terms of car set-up and I am happy with that; it was very nice to drive. We need to look at the little details where we can find more lap time for tomorrow. I hope to have a clean race so we can show what we can do.”

Stéphane Sarrazin #6: “I am really happy with our qualifying performance. We showed the TS050 is a big step forward compared to last year and we expect to be challenging tomorrow. This team does not give up and we have found some positive improvements. We have good tyre management which is a positive point so I’m looking forward to the race.”

Kamui Kobayashi #6: “That was my first qualifying session in LMP1 and it went well. I think we have made a strong start to our Spa race weekend but race day is the important one. Actually, I feel more confident of our race pace than our qualifying performance. I have been happy throughout the week with the car balance; I think we will have an interesting race.”

Audi Sport Team Joest – Audi R18

André Lotterer #7: “A rival slowed in front of me at the beginning of my first outing, which I stopped as a result. My second lap was better even though I was somewhat slowed by understeer.”

Marcel Fässler #7: “I stopped my first lap after the rear got too light for me at one stage. Later, in the fast Blanchimont corner, I lost some downforce behind two rivals and, to top it off, made a braking mistake in front of the chicane.”

Oliver Jarvis #8: “My lap was okay, but certainly not anything special. Considering the fact that we didn’t drive a lot of kilometers in the free practice sessions, the time was okay.”

Loïc Duval #8: “Obviously, the potential on used tires at the end was limited. However, it wouldn’t have taken a lot more for Audi to have been the second-strongest force in the field trailing Porsche,”