2011, September 10

Italian GP, Saturday

It was another strong qualifying day for LRGP, with both R31s able to secure top 10 positions for tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix. Vitaly will line up in P7 and Bruno in P10.

- Drivers felt the heat this afternoon, as the blistering Italian temperatures peaked at 46°C at track level.

- At the beginning of Q2 Vitaly put in his best time of the weekend; a 1min 23.741secs lap allowed him to return to the garage early on, before competing in Q3 to secure his seventh position with a lap time of 1min 23.530secs.

- Bruno demonstrated his ability to cope under pressure, as he knocked Paul Di Resta off 10th position by less than one hundredth of a second right at the end of Q2.

- Bruno Q1: Mediums, Softs Q2: Softs, Softs, Q3: No timed lap

- Vitaly Q1: Mediums, Softs Q2: Softs, Q3: Softs

Bruno Senna, P10, R31-04, 1:24.157
“I am satisfied with my performance because this was only my second qualifying session this year, and it was definitely a close shave getting into Q3. I was glad to have Vitaly as my reference today because I was struggling to find the right braking points in Q1 and Q2. I put a very respectable lap together at the end of Q2, and I was pleased that I was able to handle the pressure and slot into 10th position. If I had ran in Q3, I would have needed to use two sets of tyres, so I’m glad I was able to save them and hopefully that decision will stand me in good stead come tomorrow’s race. I would also like to thank the team for providing such a competitive car this weekend.”

Vitaly Petrov, P7, R31-06, 1:23.530
“I am extremely pleased to qualify in P7. It was a tough start to the practice session this morning, as we had a few aero issues to cope with. The team then came into the qualifying session having prepared a very good car for me, and they made the right decisions. It looks like we have brought the right downforce package to this race, although we will have to wait until the race tomorrow before we see full evidence of that. We are very, very happy to be lining up on the grid with both cars right up where they should be, and I’m optimistic of having a good race tomorrow.”

- Did you know? Bruno and Vitaly recorded the second and third-highest speeds during today’s qualifying session; Bruno reached 347.2kph and Vitaly 344.8kph.