21 November 2009
Qualifying quotes: Macau
Comments from the leading runners following qualifying for the final round of the WTCC season in Macau
Rob Huff, Chevrolet:
I am very, very happy for this pole position. The car has been perfect since it came out of the container from Japan and feels really good. I was the first one to take the track at the restart of Q2 and eventually that paid off, as I could have at least one clear lap. I came to Macau with two objectives: to get the pole and win one race, so half of the mission is accomplished and I am now looking forward to finish the job on Sunday!
Andy Priaulx, BMW Team UK:
I am happy to be where I am as I struggled a lot yesterday and in free practice this morning. My goal is to do everything I can on Sunday to help BMW and Augusto win the championships. I have no idea what will happen, but I also hope to be challenging Rob for the lead.
Augusto Farfus, BMW Team Germany:
This qualifying was pure chaos. In the first phase the SEATs were really strong, but the accidents turned everything upside down in Q2. I'm happy with P3. But I hope that SEAT manages to repair the cars of Gabriele Tarquini and Yvan Muller, as the title should be decided in a fair competition on Sunday.
Tiago Monteiro, SEAT:
Jordi Gene and I were a threat to the BMW guys and Andy Priaulx ruined two of my flying laps at the end of the session; he slowed down where it was impossible to overtake. Then, when I could not carry enough speed he did a fast lap that allowed him to get past me on the starting grid. It is a deplorable attitude, especially in a world championship. It must be said in our defence that we at SEAT Sport always honour a team strategy that does not hamper our rivals. The rest of the qualifying was a bit crazy. It ended up in the night after the incident involving Gabriele Tarquini and Yvan Muller and above all I hope they'll be fully fit for the race on Sunday. It will be an important fight for SEAT Sport and I am focused and motivated to help the team keep its two world titles.
Gabriele Tarquini, SEAT:
Physically I feel a bit stiff but fortunately we have had one day to recover so I hope that tomorrow I wake up a little bit better than now. I was optimistic for another pole but ended up in the hospital so you know never know. I couldn't have avoided the accident. It was the track conditions and Yvan stopped just after the cloud of cement dust and I couldn't avoid him. I was on full throttle and hit him at 130kph. The car was destroyed so I thought it was impossible to make the races but the mechanics said not to worry and they repaired it.
Yvan Muller, SEAT:
I am able to race, I feel well but for some muscular pains. I fold but I don't break. There was doubt about my car but the team did a fantastic job. It was a lot of hours of work but they did it. I'm a bit disappointed because my lap time before the crash was fast but probably too fast! Macau is impossible to predict so I don't like to guess what might happen tomorrow. I don't like to gamble!
Alain Menu, Chevrolet:
Today was really a very difficult qualifying session. Basically, I could only do one proper timed lap in Q1, my very first one, and that was enough to be in the top ten. The rest of Q1, I was blocked by other cars or incidents. In Q2, I was following Yvan Muller and Tarquini on the first timed lap, but Yvan lost his car at turn 14, because there was some oil left from a previous crash, and hit the barrier. Tarquini could not avoid him and I had nowhere to go, so it ended up in a multiple accident. Unfortunately, Q2 ended there for the three of us.
Nicola Larini, Chevrolet:
My Q1 session was completely spoiled, as I found yellow flags on both my attempts with new tyres. It's a pity to be left out of Q2 in the last race of the season, while I made it almost every time this year, but today was really a mess on the track. I will try to make the best out of my starting position, on a circuit like that you never know and maybe there is a card to play for race two.
Tom Coronel, SUNRED Engineering:
To have Porteiro my competitor behind me will be challenging. I qualified better than expected and better than last year when I was 18th. I'm 13th this year which is unlucky for me but I have had zero trouble, the car is fine and I am fine...for me we could race right now.
James Thompson, LADA:
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