What the Drivers Said on Friday at Bahrain
Below is what the drivers said at the post-Qualifying press conference at the Bahrain International Circuit.
Bruno Senna – No.1 Rebellion Racing R13-Gibson LMP1
“It was tricky to manage the out lap because the Ginetta was out front and it was essential to go hard to keep the tyre and brake temperature up.
“It was a good lap and the car felt hooked up last night too [in FP2]. It was not as good today because the track conditions were not the same as last night but it was good enough for pole and the team did a great job. Honestly, we are a bit surprised to take pole again as this is not the track which works so well for our car but we will take it!”
Gimmi Bruni – No.91 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR
“It was a tough qualifying like always in LMGTE Pro. I has the first shot and it was good and we were ahead of our sister car [No.92]. The tyres looked great and the car felt good so we aimed for pole and the extra point.
“We changed our strategy and Richard [Lietz] went in and he did a great lap which was really amazing. We have been working so hard in the practice sessions working for the race so we didn’t really care about qualifying so much but it came our way and we are happy.”
Paul Di Resta – No.22 United Autosports Oreca-Gibson LMP2
“All year we have shown we can be at the sharp end and we managed to convert it to pole position today which is great.
“We have had a difficult start [to the season] with some technical issues but we have put ourselves in a good position now and hopefully it will be more straightforward in the race.”
Larry Ten Voorde – No.57 Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR
“It is my second ever WEC race but my first qualifying. We were really pushing and we got penalised for track limits but the car felt quite good and I got the maximum out of the tyres.
“Ben did a mega job and was within a second of me. I am happy and excited for the race tomorrow but we still have to work on the strategy for tomorrow but I am super happy to be here and well done to the team.”