6h Nürburgring: View from the paddock

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The Nürburgring lived up to its moniker of the Green Hell yesterday with a mixture of driving rain and bright sunshine taking the drivers to their limit in the qualifying session. WEC-Magazin spoke to some of the drivers in the paddock and asked them what they expect for the race later today.

LMP1

Stephane Sarazzin (Toyota Gazoo Racing)
Qualifying was not that great but was have a good car for the race. We tried to save some types for tomorrow, as Audi had the quickest car today. We were better in the better so we are hoping for some rain tomorrow.

Mark Webber (Porsche Team)
We never had a real advantage all session and have only been a tenth of a second in front, including in qualifying. There was rain at the final corner so I didn’t get a chance to finish my last lap – that was a shame because I was on a really quick one. The car is better in the dry and we have more grip in the corners thanks to the new aerodynamic package. We are hoping for dry conditions tomorrow, but you never know here.

LMGTE-Pro

Gianmaria Bruni (AF Corse)
Our car was fastest on slick types and we had the fastest two laps in the session. But unfortunately my teammate didn’t have a chance to do a fast lap on slick tyres. The car is nice to drive in the dry and in the wet so it doesn’t really matter what the weather conditions are like. Six hours is a long time so we will see what’s possible.

Olivier Pla (Ford Chip Ganassi Racing)
We are leading the championship so we have high expectations and will be looking to do our best. Our car is actually better in the rain, but we were still struggling a little bit with our balance. Our goal is to beat Ferrari, so I am hoping for some rain tomorrow.