Quartararo limited by his machine

Quartararo limited by his machine

After taking ninth place in the Portuguese Grand Prix sprint this Saturday in Portimão, Fabio Quartararo confided that he was not able to make the same choices as his rivals due to a Yamaha that was too demanding with the tires.

Fabio Quartararo gave everything. After taking ninth place during the qualifying session, the French driver was unable to climb the hierarchy during the twelve laps of the sprint. Pushed back to eleventh at the start, notably being overtaken by Pedro Acosta, “El Diablo” took advantage of the racing incidents to regain his starting place under the checkered flag. On the Algarve track, the Nice driver experienced the same difficulties as in Qatar with his tires, which forced him to choose the medium rubber at the rear when all his rivals left with the soft, which “does not doesn’t hold” on the Yamaha according to the 2021 world champion.

« I had pretty bad feelings with the tender », he added before explaining his strategy for the sprint. “ I preferred to suffer a little more in the first two laps and try to improve the pace, but it was pretty good, he told the press. It was good to see the difference with other bikes, like Aleix Espargaro’s, the riding was totally different and it was good information for us. »

Quartararo: “Taking steps forward until mid-season”

Despite everything, Fabio Quartararo draws positives from the experience and turns to the Grand Prix with one idea in mind. “ I think that tomorrow (Sunday), we will leave with the hard at the front and the medium at the back, to try to really optimize our skills and our performances with these tires,” said the Habs, who intend to test this tire during the warm-up. As for the objectives, they remain measured.

« I don’t know if it will be much better but at least we had a race with the medium, he added. For me, what was difficult was the first two laps, because it was quite difficult to warm up the rear. But I think it was going pretty well and that tomorrow (Sunday), we will take the hard part at the front. We didn’t test it all weekend, it’s a big mistake on our part but it’s okay. As I said, you gain experience. Tomorrow (Sunday), the tires should be hard-medium. » If the results are not there, “El Diablo” assures that Yamaha is doing “a very good job” to correct the problems with its machine. “ I think we can take steps forward until mid-season “, he concluded.

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