Drivers’ quotes after the today’s qualifying session at Valencia’s Circuit Ricardo Tormo.
Yvan Muller – pole position : “It was tough after the penalty I had in Q1. I was pleased with my time, but they told me on the radio that it had been disallowed and I had to go again. The question was using the same set of
tyres or going for a new one? But then I would have had only one set left for Q2. We decided to stay on the same set and fortunately I could secure a position among the top-12. In Q2 my first lap was very good, but because Gabriele (Tarquini) is capable of anything, I said myself : maybe this is not enough. So I made another attempt and managed to improve by one tenth. I’m happy to be on pole, because tomorrow’s races will be tough. It will be hot and Tommy (Coronel) is not far behind.”
Gabriele Tarquini – 2nd : “I’m a little bit disappointed because of the mistake on my last lap in Q2, but to be honest my time would have been slower than Yvan’s. I was trying to improve my first run’s time, but I lost the front on my car at Turn 11 and found myself driving wide on the gravel. I was lucky that my first run was good enough to secure second place. A front row starting position makes me happy, because I think this is the best I could achieve, considering that Yvan’s 42.2 was an amazing lap time.”
Tom Coronel – 3rd : “I missed most of Q1 in the pits, because a driveshaft broke on my first lap out. The team did a great job, as they were capable to fix it in time for me to rejoin the session and post a lap time that sent me to Q2. On my first run in Q2 I saw Muller and Tarquini in front of me, so I said: they know the way, they are fast, so it’s better I follow them. And indeed they gave me a good tow. On my second run I was following Gabriele once again, but he made a mistake which spoiled my lap as well.”
Pepe Oriola – 1st in Yokohama Trophy : “This has been a great result for me and the team, especially after we had to fix a technical issue during the second free practice. We knew I could fight for pole position in the Yokohama Trophy, but definitely we did not expect to be among the top four. I could not have dreamed of a better result for the team and the Spanish fans. Now we need to focus on finding a good set up for tomorrow’s races.”