Driver quotes after Aragon WTCR qualifying

Driver quotes after Aragon WTCR qualifying

11.07.2021: WTCR Race of Spain 2021 Motorland Aragon 10-11 July 2021 This is what the top three in WTCR Race of Spain Qualifying had to say following a tightly-contested session at MotorLand Aragón.


WTCR Race of Spain 2021
Motorland Aragon
10-11 July 2021


This is what the top three in WTCR Race of Spain Qualifying had to say following a tightly-contested session at MotorLand Aragón.



First position: Frédéric Vervisch (Comtoyou Team Audi Sport, Audi RS 3 LMS)



“I was very happy with that. It was for me almost a perfect lap. It can always be better, but I’m sure these guys would say exactly the same. You know, it’s quite a mental game the whole qualifying session you have nowhere else.


I’m not so used to it any more, but it’s a good challenge against yourself and you are always happy when you do one lap, you do a good lap, and then you say oh my god I have to do it again and maybe even better. And that is very challenging, so I’m very happy with today.


Obviously I’m very happy to be back with this new car and it’s the first pole position for the new car, so it’s great for Audi, for us, the team as well. And I think Gilles proves it and Tom Coronel as well that they’re up there. It’s great for us, let’s say, but I have to be honest, I struggled a lot the first two weekends. We struggled a lot but maybe me a bit more and these are hard times.



So this pole position, OK it’s not a victory, but it counts, it helps for the motivation. If you keep pushing we get some results, so hopefully we can convert it into some good points tomorrow.”





Second position: Thed Björk (Cyan Performance Lynk & Co, Lynk & Co 03 TCR)



“As Fred said I was also struggling for the first two weekends of this championship and I’m back on top and it feels so good. I can’t do anything else. I had this momentum, it started a little bit in Estoril, then I was struggling in qualifying, but now it continues. Also as Fred said, it feels so good as a driver when you know what you can do and you just go out in the car and everything feels good.



Put the lap in, put the next lap in – because of the red flag [in Q1] I started the last of everybody, so I didn’t get the first lap. And then the pressure rises, the tension in the car that you need to perform on the next lap. It’s a fantastic feeling when you do challenge yourself and put it where you want it. My lap, it felt so good.





Third position: Gilles Magnus (BEL) Comtoyou Team Audi Sport, Audi RS 3 LMS


“First of all, big congrats to Fred and the whole team because being first and third is a positive thing. I think we deserve it after a tough time. So again, happy for the team. Maybe it was not the perfect lap today, but OK – it will never be perfect. Even Fred says his lap wasn’t perfect, so that’s how it is. But I’m happy to be here and let’s see tomorrow.



Thed is very confident that he has a quick car, but it’s two against one, so I think it will be a big fight tomorrow. We will enjoy it and I hope the viewers will enjoy it, so let’s hope we catch some good points and keep on this positive way and keep this momentum.”





Luca Engstler said
: “I am not happy with my qualifying and we have to analyse what went wrong.”



Néstor Girolami said
: “We tried our best throughout Free Practice and qualifying, but from the start of the day we were completely out of the game. We were trying different things to improve the car but it didn’t work. Unfortunately it was a really hard day for us but we are there in the championship and we need to keep pushing. Now with the 60kg compensation weight we are struggling a lot and in these temperatures that hurts more than in normal conditions. We need to have a look into the data, analyse everything and come back stronger tomorrow.”



Esteban Guerrieri said
: "In terms of our performance, we absolutely struck the maximum and could not have got any more out of the car, so I'm pleased on that front as we always expected a tough session. What's a little bit strange is there's something a little bit funny with the physics; the exchange rate between kilograms and seconds has suddenly increased dramatically here. For tomorrow, we are at least within touching distance of the points so will try to gather what we can in the circumstances."



Tiago Monteiro said:
“Obviously today has been very, very frustrating. After getting 70kg in one go we can’t expect miracles, but I’m very much surprised by the time difference between ourselves and our competitors. There is certainly something to be analysed from these big changes in lap times we have seen. What we can say is we have done our job and showed our performance all the time, we’re here to race and not to go into games."




Attila Tassi said:
“We knew that we would struggle this weekend with the 70kg extra weight compared to Estoril, but unfortunately I didn’t even get the chance to set a time in qualifying. When I started my first fast lap, midway through I had a problem, which turned out to be the connector to the fuel pump breaking, and that was my session over. Tomorrow will be a tough day starting both races at the back but let’s see what we can achieve.”



Richard Rodgers,  photos DPPI



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