Latifi was ‘losing six-tenths on the straights’ in qualifying · RaceFans

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Nicholas Latifi says he would have simply made it into Q2 had it not been for an issue along with his automotive which price him six tenths of a second on the straight.

The Williams driver was eradicated in Q1 for the ninth time this yr whereas crew mate George Russell reached Q3 for the second race in a row. Latifi initially felt happy along with his qualifying effort.

“The automotive was feeling good,” he stated. “I might have completed a barely higher lap, the automotive stability might have been barely extra within the window. However total I used to be fairly happy truly.”

Nevertheless he had blended emotions when he discovered he’d missed the reduce for Q1 by two tenths of a second.

“I used to be completely satisfied as a result of I felt it was an excellent lap, pissed off that it was very gradual,” he stated. “I acquired out of the automotive and I noticed why.

“I’m unsure why it’s, what triggered it, however I’m dropping six-tenths within the straights. Simply within the straights. In order that’s simply Q2, even when I get a few of that.”

Latifi, who was over half a second slower than Russell in Q1, stated he was relieved to found “it wasn’t essentially my fault” that he dropped out within the first spherical.

“We now have to grasp why. I felt that from the primary lap in qualifying it simply didn’t appear to be I used to be getting as a lot prime velocity as I ought to have in comparison with observe.

“As quickly as I completed the lap I [asked] was I pulling as a lot velocity as I ought to have been into the corners. It simply felt slower than it ought to be.

“I’m not going to start out guessing what it was however I’m dropping six tenths within the straights and that simply places me into Q2 fairly comfortably. So I’m very pissed off, clearly. However I feel automotive set-up-wise, driving-wise, it was a good job.”

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