Miller fast but frustrated in qualifying in Argentina

Miller fast but frustrated in qualifying in Argentina

Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Jack Miller was disappointed to miss an opportunity for a top five starting position in qualifying for the Argentine Grand Prix.

The wet track conditions were the perfect gift for noted rain master Miller although in the end the 22-year-old Australian could not maximise his potential for a faster time. 

Miller was impressively fifth fastest in the earlier rain hit FP4 session and was confident of a strong showing in QP1 and the chance to go through to QP2. 

In a bid to go faster the decision was made to switch to the soft compound wet weather tyre in low grip conditions at the 4.8km Termas de Rio Hondo circuit. 

In the end the harder compound tyre was the better option but time ran out to make a late change leaving a frustrated Miller 17th on the grid for Sunday's 25-lap race. 

For teammate Rabat it was a day of working through set-up options to give the Spaniard a comfortable feeling in the tricky and slippery conditions and he improved his FP4 time by 1.5 seconds. 

Now both Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders are focusing on the race and repeating their points scoring performances at the opening round in Qatar. 

Jack Miller: 17th – 1'50.319
“I wasted a lot of time with the wrong tyre choice which was not ideal because I had good speed in the wet, I just didn't get the opportunity to show it.  In FP4 I used the hard tyre and was fast and then for qualifying I tried the soft and didn't even get half a lap before it was gone, just too much spin. I was strong on corner entry so it's a real shame but we'll move forward to the race and hopefully some better weather.” 

Tito Rabat: 20th – 1'50.910
“The conditions today were not very good and I was missing a lot of rear grip on the wet track. I switched to my second bike and was happy with the set-up changes we made but there wasn't enough time to adjust everything and feel more comfortable. But I feel this experience will be a good platform for the race if the conditions are the same.”  

Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“It was a disappointing qualifying especially as in this type of condition we can usually perform very well but for some reason we could not deliver on our expectations. The bike set-up would not allow Jack to maximise his ability to be fast in these conditions. Now we must wait for the race and hopefully do what we did in Qatar with both Tito and Jack finishing in the points.”