After a storming rookie marketing campaign in 2019 with Petronas SRT on Yamaha’s ‘B-spec’ M1, through which he scored seven podiums and 6 poles, Quartararo was signed by the Japanese marque to its manufacturing unit crew for 2021 on the very begin of final yr.
With Maverick Vinales additionally being retained, Quartararo’s signing got here on the expense of Rossi, who served 15 seasons with Yamaha’s manufacturing unit crew – profitable 4 of his seven premier class titles for the marque.
Although Quartararo was adamant final yr that he “can’t exchange” Rossi, the very fact Yamaha wasn’t keen to attend for Rossi to determine his personal future so as to bat off curiosity from Ducati in Quartararo was important.
After an inconsistent 2020 with SRT owing to a tough Yamaha bike, Quartararo has been within the type of his grand prix profession to this point in 2021, profitable 4 races – Doha, Portugal, Italy, Netherlands – and taking a 34-point lead into the summer time break.
Talking solely to Motorsport.com, Quartararo says he hasn’t felt any added strain since stepping as much as the manufacturing unit Yamaha crew however concedes the accountability of taking Rossi’s place was large.
“Sure, I feel for me in regards to the strain, I feel it turns into one thing regular,” Quartararo started.
“I feel I had strain all my life and proper now I really feel it’s one thing regular. So, let’s say I’m used to it.
“For certain there’ll arrive a second the place it’s way more if you’re combating in a single race for the championship however, in the meanwhile, I really feel the strain is similar and regular.
“And the accountability is large. Taking the place of Valentino, everybody was ready for me to make nice outcomes and all the things.
“However I’m there, I feel I’m doing a extremely nice job and I really feel that the crew is pleased about not solely me, however about my crew, about the best way we’re working, the ambiance within the crew in either side with the mechanics is sweet.
“So, all of the crew is engaged on a correct method, and I feel that is serving to quite a bit.”
After a tricky finish to his 2020 season, through which he went from main the championship to eighth within the house of the final six races, Quartararo labored with a sports activities psychologist over the winter.
No stranger to such a transfer, Quartararo defined how this has helped him in 2021.
“Truthfully, I’ve been solely two instances since November 2020, however that’s sufficient for me,” he mentioned.
“My predominant objective was for him to assist me to remain calm, he gave me some workout routines that I do earlier than the practices or after I really feel I must do these workout routines.
“So, I feel at that second for me it’s only a reminder that after I’m offended or sad, I simply do these workout routines and it’s conserving me calm.
“It’s nothing extra. It takes lower than 5 seconds to make the train, so I can do it each time – even on the bike.
“So, it’s fairly straightforward and I really feel prefer it’s simply serving to me to remain calm.
“After which the trail of maturity and expertise, I take it from final yr and I realised through the winter what I wanted to work on.
“However greater than working with a psychologist, it was simply [finding] a method to maintain me calm.”