Qualifying #20 Mike Conway, 15th #21 Ho Pin Tung, 19th
The weekend of Trident Racing at Istanbul encountered a rough start. At the end of an eventful qualifying session, Mike Conway took the 15th position, while Ho Pin Tung ended up 4 positions adrift in 19th. The 30-minute session was marred by several yellow flags that turned the research of the right time for a flyer into a true lottery. The main problem was to be able to start pushing with tires at the right temperature. The team had a tough job after the initial practice session, developing the new set-up solutions used in qualifying, and the same will be done before tomorrow`s Race 1, starting at 15:00 on a 34-lap distance.
Ho Pin Tung
"This morning`s free practice session was pretty troubled for us, but the set-up improvements we made definitely changed the handling of our car. In qualifying i had a better feeling and, honestly, I can`t explain myself why the laptimes were higher than I imagined. I lost a couple of tenths in my fastest lap, and several yellow flags forced me to slow down at any time. We`re gonna make further investigations with our engineers".
"We made changes on the car`s set-up after the practice session held this morning, but in qualifying the situation didn`t improve much with the first set of tires. The engineers then made further changes, allowing me to improving my times in all the sectors. In my fastest lap I lost approximately 3 tenths of a second, and that`s a shame because I would have made it to the top-10. Of course, today`s one ain`t the kind of result able to satisfy both me and the team, but we`re gonna work hard to reverse the situation".