Qualifying quotes from the fastest drivers

Qualifying quotes from the fastest drivers

Jean-Karl Vernay (1st): “It was good. We knew before coming here that we would be the guys to beat because we know that the Audi has a great top speed. We did a perfect job, the car was great and I knew I had to be as quick as possible, but it wasn’t easy. The Cupra guys are almost certain to win the (Teams’) championship because the car is quick everywhere and Azcona is doing a good job. It’s not going to be easy to take a lot of points from him this weekend but we’ll try to do the best we can. It made sense to go out alone rather than risk being in traffic and then maybe doing no laps. I think it was a good strategy and so I could focus on being quick in Sector 2. Let’s finish the job this afternoon!”

Mikel Azcona (2nd): “I am very happy, because we knew that the Audi of Jean-Karl Vernay would be very fast on the straights here in Monza. To be in second position, only three-tenths or something behind Vernay, is fantastic for us; to be on the front row of the grid is perfect for us. The best thing for me is that Borković is behind us, so we have to take advantage of that and not make any mistakes. I think I have a psychological advantage here because I know the track and I’ve been here a lot of times. I want to leave Monza as the championship leader and then I will be at my home track for the final fight for the title.”

Attila Tassi (3rd): “I have to give huge thanks to the team and to Josh (Files) in particular. Yesterday was hard for me but I got some really good data from Josh and I watched his onboard camera so that helped me a lot in my driving. I only had one lap remaining in Q1 because of the red flag and I was able to get P3 thanks to a tow from Josh. In Q2 he towed me again and although I made a slight mistake in Lesmo 1, I was able to stay in his slipstream and it was enough for P3 so I’m very happy. We’re going to discuss our tactics for the race now but the aim is to finish on the podium and collect as many points as we can.”

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