Dubai: Dams team qualifying report

Andrea Piccini took 14th position in today's combined qualifying, which was a positive result for the team after the time lost in the previous sessions. Andrea Piccini : "Since Tuesday night we have lost a lot of running time on the track due to...

Andrea Piccini took 14th position in today's combined qualifying, which was a positive result for the team after the time lost in the previous sessions.

Andrea Piccini : "Since Tuesday night we have lost a lot of running time on the track due to technical problems. We pay the price now because the track conditions have changed a lot in 24 hours and today we have qualified with a setup that was more adapted to yesterday's conditions. There was much more grip today, the lap times were 3 seconds faster. If we had worked normally through all the previous sessions I am sure we could be much faster. Any way in these conditions I am quite satisfied with my lap time. I am confident for the race; if we are reliable we should be able to make a good result tomorrow. The other problem will be the temperature. We are between 65 and 70 inside the car, which is very, very high. I don't think we will be able to do 1 hour stints so we should make 3 stops to keep the drivers fresh for the full time of the race."

Beppe Gabbiani was in charge of qualifying car #26 and was disappointed by the performance obtained today (qualified 20th).

Beppe Gabbiani : "It was not a good qualifying, I am disappointed because I could not go faster with soft tires than with medium ones, and the other cars have improved a lot with such a change of tire compound. I am not very happy with my driving and the car was not very easy to drive. Our level was higher in Oschersleben and I hope that tomorrow in the race we will be able to make consistent stints in order to get inside the top 10. It will depend also on the heat which is a real difficulty here."

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Andrea Piccini , Beppe Gabbiani