Muller Second-Fastest In Hot Battle For The Pole In PortimÃ£o Huff (5th) and Menu (9th) also well-placed for tomorrow's two races in the Algarve PORTIMÃƒO, 3rd July 2010 Once again the three Cruzes are in the top ten of the qualifying session...
Muller Second-Fastest In Hot Battle For The Pole In Portimão
Huff (5th) and Menu (9th) also well-placed for tomorrow's two races in the Algarve
PORTIMÃO, 3rd July 2010 Once again the three Cruzes are in the top ten of the qualifying session for tomorrow's Race of Portugal in the demanding and beautiful Autódromo do Algarve. Yvan Muller will start from the first row, after having set the second-fastest lap time and having fought for the pole throughout the entire Q2. Eventually, he came short a mere 53 thousandths from local hero Tiago Monteiro.
Rob Huff, with the 5th time, will start from row 3 and Alain Menu, 9th, from row 5, in an interesting position with regard to race 2. All the three drivers were satisfied with the balance of the Cruze in the very hot and windy conditions, and all of them are aiming at good results tomorrow, with the objective of bringing home as many points as possible and at keeping the lead in both championships.
Yvan Muller (2nd): "I am really happy with my performance, it was a fantastic lap, I really gave everything I had and I was so focused on driving that I feel like being still behind the wheel... It's a pity to lose the pole for such a small gap, but that's racing. The important thing is that the car feels good and we are competitive, I think we really found a set-up that allows the Cruze to be consistently good in all the circuit sectors. Race 1 tomorrow will be complicated: it will be difficult to try to catch the SEAT in front while keeping the BMW behind, but I'll try my best and I'll try to save the tires, which are certainly going to suffer in such a hot weather".
Rob Huff (5th): "It was a good qualifying session, and I am happy with my best time: I had a clear lap and made no mistakes, so I am a little bit surprised not to be higher than fifth in the time sheets. I really don't know where Tiago and Yvan found the half-second of advantage they have! Still, tomorrow is going to be a very tough race because of the heat, which will affect tires in particular. I am happy with the race set-ups we worked in free practice and I think we can go for some more good championship points".
Alain Menu (9th) : "I am happy with the balance of the car and my performance and don't really understand where I lose time with respect to the fastest cars. I know I have quite some understeer in turns 11 and 12, but I find it difficult to believe this explains the entire gap. In any case, tomorrow, with such high temperatures and such a strong headwind in the straight, it is going to be an interesting day! My objective, of course, is to get well-placed for Race 2 and try to do something then".
Eric Nève : "It has been an exciting fight for the pole, and it is always rewarding to be in contention for the top position, even when you come in second. It proves we are competitive in a track that is really a demanding the best out of both the car and the driver. Tomorrow the fight will be superb and I hope we can make another step forward towards the championship".
-source: Chevrolet Europe