Quartararo: “I’m going to try my best to bring the World Cup alive to Valencia”

More serious than usual appeared fabio quartararo this time before the journalists present in Sepang. His twelfth place on the grid was not something to be happy about, especially after having suffered a crash in FP4 that caused a small fracture in a finger on his left hand, his heart. It mainly depends on him that the World Cup arrives alive in Valencia, for which he has to lose a maximum of ten points compared to Bagnaia, who will start ninth.

“I have a small fracture in the finger (heart of the left hand), but more than the fall it is frustrating to see how we ended the day today”, He began by saying before reminding him that on Friday he said that this Saturday was the most important day of the year and that yes, seen what has been seen, it has been the day of the lost opportunities for the three of the title. His response: “Well, I’m sure we’ve lost an opportunity, a good opportunity, but in the end I see that we’ve lost many opportunities in the second half of the championship. In the end Pecco went very fast, Aleix a bit like me. We’ll see what we do tomorrow. With the rhythm I don’t feel bad, but the official has been a disaster”.

Having said that, he is clear about the objective for the Malaysian race: “I have to try to ensure that the World Cup doesn’t end here and that I get to Valencia alive. If I will get it? I don’t know, but I assure you that I’m going to try everything.” As to whether his chances are complicated by starting twelfth, he believes he has them “as always”, and adds: “In terms of pace I haven’t felt so bad. After the crash I went out with a different bike, because we had one for dry and one for wet, that’s why I was so determined to take the bike to the garage. Basically, they have changed the springs. The bike was different but the pace wasn’t too bad. But starting so far back is going to be difficult. We will see”.

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As for what bothered his finger during Q2: “Honestly, in the official it wasn’t a problem. Maybe he wasn’t that focused. I didn’t understand very well what happened in the first outing, and in the last one I didn’t understand why we didn’t have enough time either. We have not calculated well to do two laps. That second round has been better, not in the sensations, but in the lap time, until the moment that I had the scare in the same corner in which I fell before”. And about the crash in FP4: “There are many potholes in this corner, but in the official one as soon as you touch the gas it should be better, although I have lost the front end. It’s been very strange.”

Regarding the strategy for the race, the champion believes that “Starting twelve I can’t have a strategy… The strategy will be to try to go as fast as possible, and from there see how things go. But I don’t think there is a specific strategy. First we will have to understand what tires to use, because the truth is that we have not had too much time to compare the medium and the soft. I think that tomorrow we will try to put more laps on the soft to see how it goes”.

And if Pecco and Aleix, who have also fallen today, feeling the pressure like him, sentence: “To be honest, I don’t feel pressure. But the way we are living these last races is being very strange. I don’t know if we are not working in the right way in the last few laps, but we are missing a lot of things. Maybe we have to do something differently. They have been very strange races…”.

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