Haberfeld satisfied with first qualifying session Brazilian driver Mario Haberfeld (Walker Racing) was satisfied with his results in the first qualifying session for the Grand Prix of Monterrey, which will take place in Monterrey, Mexico, this...
Haberfeld satisfied with first qualifying session
Brazilian driver Mario Haberfeld (Walker Racing) was satisfied with his results in the first qualifying session for the Grand Prix of Monterrey, which will take place in Monterrey, Mexico, this Sunday, May 23rd. Friday's session introduced a new format, which divided the drivers into two groups of nine, with the top five times of each group advancing to a shootout. The shootout ended with the fastest driver winning one championship point and assuring himself a spot in Saturday's qualifying shootout.
With a fifth place finish in his group, Haberfeld earned a spot in the shootout. However, on his last qualifying lap, the Brazilian spun and brushed the wall, causing minor damage to his Reynard. The team chose to save a new set of tires, and opted not to participate in the shootout. Despite missing the shootout and a chance to win the championship point, Haberfeld was very upbeat by his and his team's efforts. "This track is not at all favorable to Reynard chassis, and our expectations coming to Monterrey were very realistic", said the driver, "therefore, finishing the day in the top-10 was quite good for us".
Tomorrow's qualifying session will have a format similar to today's, and the top nine drivers, in addition to today's fastest driver (Sebastien Bourdais -- Newman Haas), will participate in a shootout to determine the starting grid for Sunday's race.
The new qualifying session is meant to increase excitement for the fans, and ensure that drivers take to the track earlier in the session, rather than waiting until the end to make their attempts. "This qualifying format definitely makes it more interesting for the fans, and I believe that Champ Car is on the right track by experimenting with it", concluded the Brazilian.