for Qualification race
Räikkönen Robertson driver Roberto Streit qualified fourth today, ahead of the Qualification race at the Windsor Arch 55th Macau Grand Prix.
The 24 year-old racer snatched fifth on the grid in the dying seconds of the session, and following a penalty for second placed man Sam Bird, was elevated to the second row of the grid.
Today’s second qualifying session sets the grid for tomorrow’s Qualification race, a ten lap race which will set the grid for the event that every driver want to win – the 55th Macau Grand Prix on Sunday. In another action packed day which was once again marked by numerous red flags, the Räikkönen Robertson team concentrated on perfecting their set up.
With the final practice session over, the team prepared for the second qualifying session. Having been among the top runners throughout the previous practice and qualifying session, Streit was again on the pace in second qualifying, and was third with just under 15 minutes to go.
A red flag period 13 minutes from the end brought Streit’s Double R car back into the pits, allowing for some last minute adjustments. As the session continued the times started to fall, with Streit falling down the order.
A second red flag just three and a half minutes from the end heightened the tension further, but Streit coped well, returning to the track lying in a provisional 10th, the Brazilian snatched fifth on the grid which would later become fourth place. Atte Mustonen had a disappointing outing in his second qualifying session, the 20 year-old hit the wall hard with 30 minutes of qualifying still to run, bringing his effort to an early conclusion. Without the opportunity to completed laps as the track improved, Mustonen will have a lot to do from his 26th place grid slot tomorrow.
Macanese driver Michael Ho will start from 29th place. Speaking about his performance in qualifying, Streit said,
“I’m pleased with our efforts, it’s good for me and for Räikkönen Robertson Racing. We made some changes in the final red flag period, and the car was just perfect afterwards – the balance felt great and I was able to push. I think if we’d had a little more time we could have found a bit more in the car, so I think we’re going to be in good shape tomorrow.”
Team principal Anthony Hieatt added, “Once again Roberto did a fantastic job. Today’s qualifying session was something of a lottery and with two red flags in the final stages it was very hard to get the best out of the car and the track. Atte was unlucky, he looked like he was making good progress when he hit the wall, which then really compromised his weekend. There’s a long way to go yet though, and I’m confident we will get some good results tomorrow.”
The team will be back on track for the Qualification race which will take place at 13.45 local time tomorrow. For more information on the team
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