Fabrizio would prefer qualifying tyres to be 'scrapped'

Having struggled to make the best of his pace over a single lap, Michel Fabrizio admits he would like to see qualifying tyres scrapped.
Michel Fabrizio says he would be happy to see qualifying tyres 'scrapped' so as to level the playing field and remove the 'element of luck'.

The Italian has struggled to get the best from the Pirelli tyres so far this season, Fabrizio reaching the top eight shootout just once in seven attempts.

Indeed, Fabrizio, is determined to better his fortunes on a Saturday afternoon, though he admits he would prefer it if qualifying tyres were removed altogether.

“My race day plans would be helped if I could actually qualify on the front two rows of the grid. This has been a problem for me this season and it is very hard to get a good result if you have to start a race from rows three or four. I would be happy if qualifying tyres were scrapped because that would get rid of the element of luck in the three Superpoles.

“I think, if the qualifying tyres were scrapped, I would have a much better chance of qualifying on the first two rows of the grid. However, this is not going to change this season, so I and the team just have to manage the situation and qualify better. It is as simple as that.

Despite his qualifying struggles, Fabrizio has posted a series of impressive race performances this season, though three retirements in the last six races currently leave him in seventh overall. Even so, the Suzuki Alstare rider is confident of making the podium at Brno.

“I like Brno circuit very much because it is a real racetrack - full of ups and downs and many fast corners. I particularly like the fast corners and I think my bike will go very well there. It's been a bit of a time since my last podium, but I think Brno is the kind of track where I could get on the podium.

“I am really looking forward to Brno and am thinking of at least one podium. If things go well on Friday and Saturday, then who knows what could happen on Sunday. But whatever happens in practice and qualifying, I shall be doing my very best to get on the podium on Sunday.”

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F. W. - Unregistered

July 08, 2011 4:12 AM

When using the sticky quali tires, does the bike have to be set up with different suspension settings ? If so, it seems like a lot of work to go through to find the optimum setting for a tire you're not going to race on. A team may qualify well on the stickies but have a poor set-up on race tires and just go backwards once the lights go green.

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