Silverstone quali


Silverstone quali

Artem Markelov (1m40.590s) will start Silverstone’s feature race eighth on the grid after coping with some difficult circumstances in qualifying. Team mate Tadasuke Makino (1m41.493s) also had a troubled session with a downshift issue restricting him to 19th on the grid.

Pole position was taken by new series leader George Russell (1m39.989s), ahead of Alexander Albon and Antonio Fuoco.  

Artem Markelov: “On my first push lap there was a red flag and I had to return to the pits, so the edge was taken off those tyres and I was down in P14 after the first run. Then, on my second run, I made a mistake at Turn 1 and had to abort the lap. I then had to wait two laps to push again so that I wasn’t impeded by people on cooldown laps. So, again, I didn’t get the first lap out of the tyres and P8, while not great, was not so bad. I can definitely race well from there!”

Tadasuke Makino: “In practice I was less than two tenths behind Artem but then in qualifying I had a downshift isue. Every corner was a struggle and the car was understeering. That costs you a lot of time around a quick circuit like Silverstone. Hopefully we can solve the problem and I will be able to go forward in the race.”

Svetlana Strelnikova (Team principal): “Artem did a strong job considering he did not get the ‘golden lap’ out of either set of tyres. That can cost you half a second, which would have put him right in among the pace setters. With scorching track temperatures around 50 degrees in such an un-British summer (!), it is going to be an interesting race with tyre management no doubt playing an important part. Anything is possible for both Artem and Tada.” 

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