The 2022 Yamaha doesn’t carry out effectively when grip is at a premium on tracks, with the reigning world champion admitting on Friday in Barcelona he was frightened about his tempo in low grip circumstances earlier than in the end occurring to win the race because the circuit improved over the remainder of the weekend.
Quartararo has gone by means of an analogous Friday on the Sachsenring, ending the day seventh overall having struggled in FP2 on the hard rear tyre.
“So, it was not dangerous, but it surely I felt prefer it was a used tyre,” Quartararo mentioned of the laborious rear Michelin possibility.
“However then our consistency was fairly good. I might stay in 1m21.6s, 5s, however in comparison with the highest guys they might do 1m20s excessive, 1m21s low, and I used to be not capable of do it.
“The efficiency to start with, I didn’t really feel any positives.
“So, that’s why I didn’t actually prefer it. [It felt] like a used tyre, mainly.
“I went out with the brand new laborious and it was prefer it already had no efficiency.
“Once I swapped to the mushy, the hole was approach too large and it was, I might not say troublesome to make time assault, however first lap was 1m20.6s, then 1m20.4s, 1m20.4s.
“So, I might do a bit higher however once you come from a tough and go to a mushy that’s a lot softer, the distinction is approach too large.”
Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Manufacturing facility Racing
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Requested whether or not the medium may very well be a race possibility, the championship chief mentioned: “For me, sure. I solely tried it within the morning, however within the morning I did 24 laps, it was not so dangerous.
“However the factor is, possibly there’s extra efficiency with the medium.
“However then the drop is greater, so we have to discover a resolution as a result of I bear in mind in Barcelona the primary day I used to be struggling a lot with the grip, after which it was higher each day.
“So, I hope tomorrow would be the similar and we enhance. When the grip is low, we wrestle extra, so hopefully tomorrow the grip is healthier and we are able to enhance.”
Quartararo says the laborious rear he used on Friday was pre-heated, however the medium he felt higher on was additionally pre-heated – so isn’t satisfied that is the principle problem.
“The medium of this morning was pre-heated additionally, and I don’t suppose it was an enormous change,” Quartararo added.
“Hopefully it’s an issue of the pre-heated tyre, however I don’t suppose it was the issue. It was pre-heated from Barcelona, I believe.”