R09 Spa Francorchamps - Qualifying Report
FIA Formula 2

30 August 2019

Foto 1 - R09 Spa Francorchamps - Qualifying Report

The qualifying session for the Belgian round of the FIA Formula 2 Championship ended in positive fashion for PREMA Racing. Despite the disruptions occurred due to red flags, Mick Schumacher secured a brilliant sixth place which is expected to prove particularly valuable given the great slipstreaming chances typical of the mighty Spa-Francorchamps circuit. Tomorrow's feature race will thus begin with good expectations right from the start. Being so close to the front with both sets of tires is also an additional confirmation of the consistent pace of the 20-year-old German racer.

On the other hand, Indonesian Sean Gelael ended up 16th after he unfortunately went off-track and clipped the barriers at the tricky Pouhon corner. The 22-year-old had posted a competitive lap in his first attempt and will need to use that good pace to fight back in the opening race. 


# 9 - Mick Schumacher

"My first lap in Qualifying was not too bad yet definitely not ideal either. I did some small mistakes here and there, having a lock-up and being too ambitious in breaking at another spot, so actually, I was surprised to hear that the gap to the lead was just 1 tenth. Coming to the second set, I was hoping we could improve a bit more but some of the front runners managed to find something more, especially in the middle sector. In general, though I think we can be happy. The feeling in the car was good, Spa is a track where you can overtake and where there always is some action with the tight first corner. It is a track that I like a lot and feel very comfortable at, so I think we will be able to fight for some good positioning in the race tomorrow."


# 10 - Sean Gelael

"Looking at where we were before we went off, we were one tenth away from Mick so the potential was there. It is what it is. The cars in front and at the back of me went off too, maybe there was some oil because we didn't do anything differently from usual like clipping the kerb or something similar. Another difficult start to the event but it will be a long race tomorrow, 25 laps at Spa, so hopefully we can do something."

Foto 2 - R09 Spa Francorchamps - Qualifying Report

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