Seventeenth place start for Alvaro Bautista in Sepang
The Sepang Saturday was positive for Alvaro Bautista as he qualified just behind his team mate – seventh place in Q1 for him with 2’01,727 and therefore the seventeenth spot on the grid – but he demonstrated significant progress in terms of race pace compared to yesterday.
“On my flying lap I’m struggling because of a lack of grip but we are definitely doing better on pace. In the free practice this morning we improved our race pace by more than half a second. Then in FP4 we tested a few things but without any great improvements. The race will be difficult here, even physically, and we need to be focused to manage the power and the tyres. As always our goal is to finish in the points. I’ll need to get off the line well at the start and manage the race well.”