Fifth row start for Redding at The Brickyard
Indianapolis, United States – 8 August 2015: Scott Redding was disappointed to miss out on a place in Q2 by just eight hundredths of a second this afternoon, leaving him to start tomorrow’s Indianapolis Grand Prix from 13th position on the fifth row of the grid.
There have been some encouraging signs this weekend for Redding but, once again, qualifying proved difficult for the 22-year-old Briton, as he struggled to overcome handling issues whilst chasing a fast lap this afternoon.
Having missed out on the top two by just under a tenth of a second in Q1 it was a disappointing result for Redding, but the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider had a positive final practice session. Redding was consistent in the session, traditionally used by riders to test their race setup, which points to a more competitive showing in tomorrow's 27-lap race.
Scott Redding: 13th – 1’33.170
“This morning wasn't too bad but I was struggling a bit on corner entry. We thought that we had been going the right way with setup but, today, everything seems to be doing something, and not in a good way. I've less front grip, I’m struggling with the rear and I'm a bit lost and more than a little annoyed at this moment. The race pace isn't too bad but the biggest problem I've got at the moment is with the new tyre.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“Friday was a really good day and I thought we'd have the pace to go directly to Q2 today instead of having to try and fight with our way through Q1. Again, today, we didn’t do what we should be doing. We should be securing a place in Q2 automatically and, if we do end up in Q1 for whatever reason, then we should at least be finishing in the top two. Instead, tomorrow, we face another start from too far back on the grid, which guarantees a more difficult race.”