FIFTH AND NINTH ROW START FOR KORNFEIL AND NORRODIN AT SACHSENRING2016-07-16 02:33
Remaining confident ahead of the German Grand Prix, the DRIVE M7 SIC Racing Team duo will start tomorrow’s 27 lap race from 15th [Jakub] and 26th [Adam] position on the grid.
Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager
“We’ve been working on the bike quite a lot with both riders this weekend and finally we found something for them in FP3 this morning. Going into qualifying we were quite optimistic for both Jakub and Adam.
From the start Jakub was riding very well but unfortunately we made a little mistake in the last outing and he was unable to go with the group like he had wanted to. Fifteenth on the grid is not a disaster because we know he has a strong race pace and can ride well here; this is the most important thing. With a good start Jakub can definitely be there to fight tomorrow.
With Adam he did a good qualifying up until the last outing and with the last tyre we had. We knew this could be an issue, so we spoke about it before the session; it’s never so easy to improve in the final minutes of qualifying. We’re a little disappointed because we were hoping for more for Adam today, but still he is not so far off. Of course a bit further up the grid would have been better to make it easier for him tomorrow but regardless, we remain confident and have high hopes for the race.”
#84 Jakub Kornfeil
“The qualifying today was quite hectic because we got a red flag with twenty five minutes of the session still to go. Our first outing was not so bad and we set our qualifying lap time then. I was ninth position at the time but I knew I would still have to go faster. In the second outing my time was not improving and we had just one final opportunity left to push. Unfortunately we made a small mistake and I was unable to go out on track with any other fast riders. There was no one around me, so I couldn’t use a slipstream to improve my lap. I was pushing as much as possible. Although we could not reach our qualifying target today, which I’m very unhappy about, I know that our race pace is good and that I can do consistently quick laps here. We have improved the bike a lot since the first practice so there is definitely hope for a great race tomorrow. Now I just have to stay focussed and prepare myself to fight hard in the race.”
#7 Adam Norrodin
“I was really looking forward to qualifying today because we made a really positive step in the final practice this morning. We had a good time in FP3 and I was confident that I could make another step this afternoon; unfortunately I didn’t. The session started well and we were making progress but then the red flag came out because of oil on track. When we restarted I felt different on the bike and I struggled to regain my rhythm. The grip didn’t feel the same and something was missing. I’m disappointed that I couldn’t improve in the second part of qualifying; I had a lot higher expectations for today. Starting twenty sixth is not good for the race, so I know I have to make a really good start and go with a fast group. I want to finish the halfway point of the season with a strong result; this is what I am focussing on now.
Source: SIC Racing Team
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