On a soppy track, Lucas di Grassi (BR) in automobile #1 and André Lotterer in automobile #2 started subordinate on middle tires. When Tom Kristensen (DK) took over #1 and Marcel Fässler #2 from their team-mates Audi Sport Team Joest propitious both hybrid sports cars with slicks. Both drivers were means to finish their particular imperative timed laps this way. However, as a times had softened by about 5 seconds on a drying track, a group motionless to let a initial dual drivers, respectively, take a circle again. This choice gave a group a probability to urge a normal time set by both drivers per automobile on dual new, faster laps. This normal determines a grid positions.
Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer achieved grid position 3 this approach with a 1.3-second opening to pole. Lucas di Grassi and his squad, after a good start, usually missed a commencement of a final path by a few seconds – a time had run out.
The third Audi R18 e-tron quattro was using on a totally opposite strategy. In Belgium, Filipe Albuquerque (P) and Marco Bonanomi (I) are scheming for a Le Mans 24 Hours. Their hybrid sports automobile uses an aerodynamics various that is already geared to a continuation competition in June. Sports automobile rookie Albuquerque and his team-mate achieved a plain performance. The Portuguese was primarily using on sleet tires before his Italian team-mate tackled a 7-004-kilometer lane on intermediates. On his final outing, Albuquerque relied on slicks. The twin competent for grid position seven.
Following a fluid continue on Friday, a low risk of flood is approaching for a race. The Spa 6 Hours start on Saturday during 14:30. Eurosport will promote a final proviso from 18:30 to 20:45.
Quotes after qualifying
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport: “It was a really stirring and tighten subordinate session. The lane conditions kept changing. Therefore, it done clarity to start on intermediates. The lane subsequently softened a lot and with some-more downforce we propitious a cars with slicks. It was intensely critical to start another tour during a end. We were anticipating for some-more than third place. But we’re still holding it as a certain outcome and are now concentrating on a race.”
Chris Reinke (Head of LMP): “We gifted an complete subordinate event since a changing conditions didn’t make a work any easier. we consider we were during a right place during a right time with a tire choice. The motorist changes strategically done clarity as well. In such fanciful conditions, there are many parameters that can shift. We’re not overjoyed though can be gratified with a result, The third automobile that was deliberately on a regressive plan achieved a aim too.”
Ralf Jüttner (Team Director Audi Sport Team Joest): “This subordinate event was a novelty. All of a tip teams not usually altered drivers once though twice since a conditions dramatically improved. With automobile #3, with a Le Mans configuration, we proceeded with a bit of caution, also due to a drivers’ miss of experience. They were primarily out on sleet tires though afterwards quick switched to intermediates and eventually to slicks. With automobile #2 all fit. André Lotterer’s initial laps were okay. Then Marcel gathering dual quick laps on slicks and incited a automobile over to André again. It was adequate for third place. Car #1 was a few seconds too late, that’s since Lucas didn’t finish his second path anymore. But a grid position isn’t so critical for a six-hour race. It’s not a best starting bottom though I’m anticipating for a good race.”
Marcel Fässler (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): “Spa is famous for really fanciful weather. That’s accurately what we had again. The lane began to dry and we had to change a tires and drivers during a right time. We didn’t do a bad pursuit of that. Maybe we could have driven another lap. But grid position 3 is good. And we’ve got a good car. I’d like to appreciate my mechanics for this since they worked tough during a past week. With third place a starting bottom for a competition positively isn’t bad. We’re going to conflict tomorrow.”
André Lotterer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): “Qualifying was really vital since we had 30 mins for a 4 best laps. In a beginning, it was a bit damp when we was using on intermediates. Afterwards, Marcel Fässler was out on slicks. we subsequently continued pushing on Marcel’s tires. We managed to urge a average. A bit some-more would have been possible.”
Benoît Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): “It was a flattering good subordinate session. The whole group went about a work with concentration. My team-mates squeezed a best out of each lap. They gathering though any mistake in formidable conditions. I’m happy with their performance.”
Lucas di Grassi (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): “It was a really formidable subordinate session. We didn’t have a ideal strategy. We usually gathering 3 laps on slicks and one path too many on intermediates, that cost us a lot of time on average. That’s since we’re usually in sixth place. We had a lot of intensity and Tom Kristensen was using well. Tomorrow is a new day, a competition is long. We’re aiming to bind profitable points.”
Loïc Duval (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): “It was a complicated subordinate event due to a changing continue conditions. We had a right plan though in a finish we missed a symbol by a slight margin. Tom Kristensen and Lucas di Grassi did a good job. Unfortunately, Lucas wasn’t means to expostulate dual laps on slicks. That deprived us of a improved average.”
Tom Kristensen (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): “These were standard Spa conditions. It was critical to change drivers twice since a lane was improving. Lucas di Grassi missed being means to expostulate another path by usually a few seconds. That would substantially have changed us serve towards a front. we gathering dual timed laps and was happy with a change of a automobile in these conditions. The competition lasts for 6 hours. We’re aiming to bind points for a championship.”
Filipe Albuquerque (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #3): “For a pattern of a automobile these weren’t a best conditions. On a dry track, we’d have substantially been some-more competitive. Marco was using on intermediates since a lane was still damp and we can’t beget adequate heat with a tires. we still switched to slicks. Seventh place was a plain opening since we didn’t risk too much.”
Marco Bonanomi (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #3): “It was a initial subordinate event for us this year. I’m happy to be pushing here and to share a automobile with Filipe Albuquerque. Obviously a outcome isn’t what we’d been wishing for. But a conditions currently weren’t a best for a automobile with a Le Mans aerodynamics. That’s since we were using conservatively, collected information for Le Mans and attempted a best though holding large risks. We’re anticipating for dry continue in a race. That would fit a car.”
1 Dumas/Jani/Lieb (Porsche) 2m 01.198s
2 Buemi/Davidson/Lapierre (Toyota) 2m 01.836s
3 Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) 2m 02.499s
4 Nakajima/Sarrazin/Wurz (Toyota) 2m 03.177s
5 Bernhard/Hartley/Webber (Porsche) 2m 03.672s
6 Di Grassi/Duval/Kristensen (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) 2m 03.881s
7 Albuquerque/Bonanomi (Audi R18 e-tron quattro) 2m 06.160s
8 Bradley/Howson/Imperatori (Oreca-Nissan) 2m 12.103s
9 Zlobin/Mediani/Minassian (Oreca-Nissan) 2m 12.751s
10 Canal/Pla/Rusinov (Morgan-Nissan) 2m 13.143s
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