Johann Zarco explains the late exit in Q2: “I wanted it to dry out a bit, that wasn’t a bad strategy”

The owner of the tenth time in qualifying yesterday, Johann Zarco wasn’t one of the first to hit the track in Q2 and explained what made him make this decision, which he didn’t think was a bad strategy.

The French commented on his day like this: “No luck. When the dry conditions showed up, it wasn’t completely dry, I had problems and was very surprised at what Pecco [Bagnaia] Did. At the end of FP4, the track was very wet even in the last sector to get more confidence in the speed. So I didn’t want to do too many laps and have a surprise like other drivers and I crashed and I did ‘don’t want to risk too much’.

Then there was qualifying, where the driver didn’t start right away and explained why: “I wanted it to get a little better and that happened when I saw the Q1 drivers and then in Q2 I knew the tires would take some time. ” until they were finished, but here too I wanted the track to be as good as possible and so I waited five minutes in the pits. It wasn’t a very bad strategy because I really needed the last sector to be as dry as possible, I lost a lot with those wet spots.

And then he ended: “I gained confidence in two or three laps, but then I made a little mistake and got slower. In the last one I was lucky enough to have Bagnaia in front of me and followed him, I improved my time, but then I got a mistake, I touched water, hit the curb and fell.