Ayumu lines up tenth on the #PortugueseGP grid
The day of the qualifying of the Portuguese Grand Prix was characterized by a very variable weather, which, especially in free practice in the morning, saw the presence of a lot of rain.
The rain, combined with very low temperatures, prevented most of the drivers from improving their times. Both Ayumu and stand-in teammate David Salvador have retained their positions in the combined free practice rankings. For this reason, Ayumu, thanks to the twelfth position, gained direct access to qualifying 2.
Ayumu took part in qualifying 2 and, without making any mistakes, he progressively lowered his time. In fact in the meantime the weather conditions changed again and, after it stopped raining, the track started to dry progressively. Ayumu, at the last of the seven laps completed, got the time of 2’05.395, with which he will start from the tenth position on the grid tomorrow.
AYUMU SASAKI :
“It was a good day already in free practice 3. I managed to get into Q2 , but in qualifying I was expecting a little bit more. We struggled a little bit with the grip in the beginning of the qualifying due to the new tires. In the last two laps I felt good, I started to push again, but we finished P10, which is good. We did not have any crashes in qualifying and that also was good. We know that we could have improved a little bit more, but we are in P10 and that means we can fight for the podium and the win. Tomorrow we will be ready for either a wet or dry track. I feel good, I am confident and we will see what we can do tomorrow”