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Domingo, 17 Novembro 2019 13:14 | Actualizado em Domingo, 19 Janeiro 2020 00:17

WTCR Macau First Qualifying press conference transcript


Yvan Muller, Norbert Michelisz, Andy Priaulx attended the First Qualifying press conference at WTCR Race of Macau. A transcript follows.

FIA WTCR Race of Macau
WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO 2019
Rounds 25, 26 and 27 of 30, Circuito da Guia, 14-17 November



In attendance:
Yvan Muller, Cyan Racing Lynk & Co, DHL Pole Position
Norbert Michelisz, BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse, Second position
Andy Priaulx, Cyan Performance Lynk & Co, Third position

Q:
Congratulations to Yvan Muller, the DHL Pole Position winner. After dominating the pole positions in China, now you’re on pole here in Macau. Just explain your flying lap, please?

YM:
After the red flag we saw we couldn’t achieve a fifth run so we decided to wait to have a clear lap. We went at three and a half minutes to the end of the session. Yann [Ehrlacher] was in front of me to give me the tow, I follow him quite closely to have the best tow because I knew even in the uphill in the back part of the circuit he would be fast because he showed his speed during all week and finally I could manage to do the pole because I knew it was very tight because I knew the time of Norbi. I saw my predicted time and I saw it would be in the 10ths and finally we did it.

Q:
A word on Yann, who you mentioned just now, he was very quick early in the session but then had a problem. Do you know what happened to him and what are your thoughts on his bad luck today?

YM:
I don’t know exactly what happened but, apparently, he had a suspension failure or something like that. When I went out on the second run behind him [the team] told me not to follow him because it’s too risky and that’s why he lost two runs. To manage to do P5 without a tow with two less runs than us is pretty impressive.

Q:
Turning next to Norbert Michelisz, right until the end it looked like the DHL Pole Position for you until Yvan pipped you. But on the #RoadToMalaysia where the title will be decided next month you’ve scored some very good points?

NM:
I am quite happy to be honest. Yvan did a fantastic job. The session was a bit compromised for me because there was no time to do the last run, I missed it by 15 seconds probably. But in the end starting from the front row is still a possibility to score good points but let’s wait and see. I am quite happy. We did a good job with the car, it was a clean lap and in the end you have to be happy with that.

Q:
Turning finally to Andy Priaulx, so many successes here in the past and your strong qualifying performances continue. How satisfied are you with third position?

AP:
I’m really happy and well done to Yvan and Norbi. I did the lap on my own, so I had more potential. I had to abort a lap that was maybe quicker before that final run. Performance has been great and I’m really getting more and more comfortable with the front-wheel drive, it’s getting better and better in each race and hopefully that will continue and I keep working with the engineers and the team to find more performance.


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