Augusto looking to fight for the top five in Austria
Dry conditions at the Red Bull Ring this morning gave Augusto Fernandez and his crew the perfect opportunity to further fine tune race settings on his Kalex chassis and he was able to complete 21 impressively consistent laps.
Under heavy cloud cover in the spectacular Styrian mountains, Fernandez was satisfied with solid progress made this morning after he spent the majority of his time on track better understanding his potential on worn tyres.
The Spaniard was able to move into the crucial Q2 session courtesy of his incredibly fast start to the weekend, with his best lap of 1’29.177 set in time attack mode in FP1 yesterday proving decisive.
The number 37 continued his positive progression this afternoon in qualifying and a lap of 1’29.107 was his best of the weekend to secure a place on the fourth row of the grid.
“I was very happy with the job we managed in FP3 this morning. We spent a lot of time working on my race pace and I was happy with my rhythm. But it was quite difficult in qualifying. I couldn’t put together one fast lap when I really needed to. The good thing is that based on my pace from this morning I know we can recover plenty of positions. It will be crucial to make a good start and find my best rhythm quickly so I can be fighting close to the front.”