Qualifying between lightness and darkness for our two pilots

BMW M Grand Prix of Styria 2020 – Qualifying

22 August 2020Red Bull Ring – Spielberg – Austria

Romano and Alonso in the Grand Prix of Styria will take off respectively from the twenty-first and twenty-fourth position.

Our two pilots in the Free Practice 3 have improved their times, but they did not succeed to qualify for the Q2. As a matter of fact Romano in the combined ranking with the time of 1’36.702 resulted to be in nineteenth position, while Alonso resulted to be in twenty-fifth place, with the time of 1’37.095.
It is evident that in the second weekend of race on the same circuit the competitiveness of all the pilots on the starting grid is considerably increased. Indeed in the combined ranking concerning the three sessions of free practice, the thirty pilots resulted to be in an overall time gap of 1.408 s. Let us analyze the performances of our two pilots throughout the qualifying.

Romano did five laps in two runs, sealing the time of 1’37.431. His time gap from the leader of the Q1 J. Masia, resulted to be equal to 0.510 s.
1’37.609 represents the best lap sealed by Alonso. He did nine laps in only one run and he resulted to have a time gap from the leader of the ranking of 0.688 s.
For what concerns the starting grid, there is still a little doubt about the possible sanctions that could be given to the pilots, due to the fact that they have slowed down too much during the qualifying. This decision could modify the positions on the grid.

Here are the words of Romano, of Alonso, and of our Team Owner Max Biaggi.

Romano Fenati: “It has been a rather difficult qualifying, because several pilots have slowed down to find a good slipstream. To avoid the sanctions I slowed down a little and I did the lap almost alone. This has considerably affected the final time. We hope that tomorrow we will do a good come back, because, even if on this track we suffer a lot, it is important to obtain a good result.”

Alonso Lopez: “I am very happy, because I am working a lot and this is taking me to a better understanding of the bike, which is the most important thing of the weekend for me. It is crucial to know how fast I can be and how I can achieve it. I think that this is the path that needs to be followed, to have a full understanding of the bike.”

Max BiaggiTeam Owner: “This second Grand Prix of Austria did not start well since the Free Practice. Unfortunately our two pilots have some issues that do not depend neither on the performances of the bike nor on the capabilities of the team. I am really worried, because even if we are working extremely hard, we have not found a solution so far. Tomorrow it will be very tough race.”

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