Tricky qualifying for Czechs The Czech team suffered in the qualifying on new tyres and Erik Janis managed to qualify on 21st for the sprint and 17th for the feature race. Four qualifying segments decided the grids of both races and the Czech ...
Tricky qualifying for Czechs
The Czech team suffered in the qualifying on new tyres and Erik Janis managed to qualify on 21st for the sprint and 17th for the feature race. Four qualifying segments decided the grids of both races and the Czech team went through a difficult time. The setup of the car at the beginning was the same like in the last practice session but the balance on new tyres was not there.
Erik set 17th time in the first run for the sprint but was unable to improve on used set in Q2 which means that he will start only 21st.
The team decided to do few changes in a try to improve the balance on new tyres, as Erik had two new sets for the last two runs. They worked well and he set his personal best lap of the weekend 1:46,926 in Q3. He tried hard to improve in the lust run but was too quick at the first corner and spun. As some others improved he dropped from 7th to 17th.
Erik Janis: "Well, I am disappointed. I was quite happy with the car after the last practice but somehow it did not work in the qualifying. We put a new set of tyres and we had the same problem like yesterday and the rear oversteered a lot. Actually, I thought that the Q2 on used set would be quicker but it did not happened. We did some changes for Q3 and the car was much better. I tried to improve on the last run but was too quick at the first corner and spun. It is a shame but I had to try! I had known that it is going to be a difficult weekend because I am still lacking mileage. However, anything can happen in the races and I can promise that I will fight hard!"
Antonin Charouz, seatholder: "We have to me realistic. Erik has a talent but you can not expect that he would jump from Octavia do A1GP and will be in front immediately. He should improve in the second half of the season after will know the car better. Obviously, we would have preferred better result in our home event. I believe that Tomas with his experience would have done better but he is not fully fit. I know that Erik is disappointed and it is quite a trying weekend for him but I am sure that he will get through it will be stronger in the future as a result."