Jean-Marc Finot – Stellantis Senior VP:
“During the free practices we saw a regular improvement in terms of timing. For this qualifying session, we did the same lap times that we did during the free practices so there is no surprise for us. We can see that some manufacturer managed to make a big gap between the qualifying and the free practices, so we still have improvements to make to optimise our qualifications. Beyond the fact that we did a major step of performance since Sebring, the main thing for tomorrow is to ensure the reliability of the car and the team. But we are confident with the job done by all the team.”
Paul Di Resta – PEUGEOT #93
“My qualifying session was pretty smooth; if I think ahead to tomorrow, I think we are a bit safer in terms of strategy to play the long game in the race. We’ve got the car in the best window it has been in all weekend. Of course, for now, it is not close enough to the competitors but, this can’t be done in two or three weeks but after a lot of analyses and development.
Ultimately, we need to do the best we can, hope that we have a good car during the race and that the conditions will stay the same as today. And it seems that the hotter the track is, the better it is for us. I think we can be satisfied even if there is still a lot of work to do.”
Nico Müller – PEUGEOT #94:
“The qualifying was alright in terms of what we got out of the package. I think it was a decent and clean session. Obviously, we would have wished for the gap with the leaders to be bit smaller, but we are P6 in the end so it’s clearly a step forward compared to Sebring. The hard work is slowly paying off and it’s good to have some positive signs.
I’m pleased for the team because they really gave it all the last few weeks so we can see that we are heading into the right direction. Tomorrow is going to be long and exciting but I’m confident. Because of the traffic, this track is challenging to find a clean and fast way through slower cars but hopefully we can have a strong race.”