Sprint Race Report

Qatar Airways Grand Prix of Qatar 2024 - Sprint Race

9 March 2024Lusail International Circuit – Qatar


Sprint Race Start: 19:00 (GMT+3)  – Sprint Race Length: 11 Laps equal to 59.18 km / 36.74 miles – Dry Track

Air Temperature (end of session): 21°C / 70°F

Track Temperature (end of session): 27°C / 81°F

MIGUEL OLIVEIRA : “It was kind of a disappointing day, but with a competitive pace and with competitive lap times. I was very close to go through to Q2, especially very close in the Practice today. I got a bit disturbed on my fastest lap and then it was just not good enough to go through and I qualified 14th. The race was a bit like a yo-yo; I was faster than the guys in front but couldn’t find a way to get past them and then the race was finished and I ran out of time. Hopefully, tomorrow, I can make a slightly better start, gain a few places and try to reach a position inside the top 10.

Sprint Race Position: 13

Sprint Race Points: 0 – Championship Standing: N/A –  Total Points: 0

Sprint Race Time: 20’54.382 – Best Lap: 1’53.104

Average Speed: 169.8 km/h / 105.50 mph – Top Speed: 354 km/h / 219.96 mph

Qualifying Position: 14 – Qualifying Time: 1’51.565 – Q1

RAUL FERNANDEZ : “I’m happy because I feel like I recovered the speed, especially this morning in the time attack. But, at the same time, we have to work more with the electronics. Now we have the material and the possibility to do something good. Aprilia gave us some really great tools – our bike is working well. We saw with the race of Aleix (Espargaro) that we can do very well, but we have to understand the electronic a little bit better. I think we have more potential and we need to understand what we need to do to improve. The speed is there, I recovered it, I recovered the feeling, when I want to be quick, I can, but in the race it’s quite difficult and different with the slipstream. We need to learn. But in general, I’m glad we have the speed, but I’m not happy with my Sprint race.

Sprint Race Position: 14

Sprint Race Points: 0 – Championship Standing: N/A –  Total Points: 0

Sprint Race Time: 20’ 55.082 – Best Lap: 1’52.620

Average Speed: 169.7 km/h / 105.44 mph – Top Speed: 355.2 km/h / 220.7 mph

Qualifying Position: 12 – Qualifying Time: 1’51.521 – Q2

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