“We had to nail qualifying”:Abt

Qualifying has been the Achilles heel for Audi this season according to Daniel Abt, but the German believes when the team gets it right as they did in Berlin, the team can be unstoppable. 

In Paris and Rome, both Abt and Lucas Di Grassi showed how the Audi could fight through the field after a disappointing qualifying session.

In Rome, Di Grassi came from sixth to finished in second, while Abt qualified eighth and finshed fourth. In Paris Abt, fought his way through the field from 12th place to finish seventh on a track that proved difficult to overtake.

“Recently qualifying has been super frustrating for us,” said Abt. “That is how we have lost so many points this season, not being able to qualify at the front like we know we can. 

“We often start quite well in free practice sessions, but then we seem to fall away when it comes to qualifying normally. Then for some reason in the race, we are super quick. So that is why it has been frustrating. However, we have looked at it between Paris and Berlin and maybe we have found something with the set-up. 

“Hopefully when we qualify in Zurich we can be at the front again because I think our car is untouchable if we qualify on the front row. If we can’t qualify well we struggle to make the time back in the race even when we are one of the quickest cars on the track,” added Abt. 

The 25-year old admitted that he felt confident going into the Berlin ePrix and wasn’t concerned about having Di Grassi right behind him after the pit stop phase.

“My confidence was high coming into the weekend. I was looking forward to my home race, and I knew I had a car that could give me a great result. 

“When I saw how happy Jean-Eric Vergne was after his home win in Paris, I was like I will do that in Berlin, and I did which was amazing. 

“I wasn’t concerned when I lost time to Di Grassi in the pits. It was better to wait a few seconds than have an unsafe release. I knew if I just continued how I drove in the first stint it would be difficult for Lucas to get past, so I just pushed and the gap increased, and from there I just had to manage the race,” concluded Abt. 

 

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