Ayumu starts from second on the Austrian GP grid

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Today saw a great qualifying session from Ayumu Sasaki, who will start tomorrow’s Austrian GP from second place on the grid – although he of course nonetheless has to take a double long lap penalty during the race.

Ayumu got an excellent 1’41.244, losing the pole for only 10 thousandths. Also in free practice 3, which took place as the qualifying on the dry track, Ayumu was very fast, being second with a time of 1’41.311. He quickly adapted to the new layout of the Red Bull Ring and after yesterday’s wet FP1, he managed to earn qualifying 2 in the following sessions.

“I am very happy about the qualifying, I think I did the best lap I could on my own. I am a little disappointed with the second position just a few thousandths from the pole, but I think I did great laps. I made no mistakes, and I am proud of myself that I did the lap time on my own. I think we have the best pace so far and this is very good. Tomorrow, we have two long laps, but starting from P2 will help me a lot. With the feeling that I have with the bike everything is possible, so I will not give up and fight until the last lap and see where I can end up.”