Five weeks have passed. But they failed to understand. It was nice to turn the problem in all directions, difficult to find a justification for the penalty that Fabio Quartararo will have to serve at Silverstone, Sunday, after being sanctioned for an overly aggressive maneuver in Assen before the summer break. The pilots did not understand either. Even the Frenchman’s direct rivals, Aleix Espargaro and Francesco Bagnaia, expressed their disagreement on Thursday during the traditional press conference. But what’s done is done and for the Frenchman, these five weeks have allowed him to digest. Hot, he had confided thinking about no longer attempting such overtaking. “When he says that, I think it’s not true, smiled his runner-up in the Championship, Aleix Espargaro. He will double a lot.” The Niçois now hopes that his case will not constitute a precedent, while other much more dangerous maneuvers at the start of the season had not been sanctioned. “They [les commissaires] must find a balance, underlined the tricolor champion. It’s the most important thing not to make our sport boring.”British Grand PrixQuartararo chamber Espargaro: “How many ‘long laps’ do you want me to do?”ONE HOUR AGOFriday, during the two first practice sessions, “El Diablo” was not bored. If he had assured, the day before, not to think too much about his penalty, he nevertheless devoted a good part of his day to studying the problem On Sunday, in the race, he will have to serve a “long lap”, that is to say take a longer portion of the circuit during one of the three laps following the signage.So, to leave nothing to chance, the French went there several times.Quartararo in the blind spotAim?To work on its trajectory and its bearings, in order to limit the loss of precious time.During the first laps of the race, the peloton will still be grouped and leave two seconds on the way can therefore cause many positions to be lost, which will be difficult to recover on a te l plotted with the Yamaha’s engine power deficit. During his repeated tests, Quartararo was thus able to find a little more confidence, so a few tenths, while erasing the track to make it less dusty. Thus, the Niçois should not lose more than two seconds in the matter.Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) during free practice at the Grand Pri of Great Britain, August 5, 2022Credit: Getty ImagesHe won’t take any risks anyway. “I must not drive myself crazy with this, he confided in his debrief of the day. Risking a fall for one or two tenths is useless.” Especially since he may have worked on it in training, the success of this maneuver will not depend only on him. At turn N.14, the moment could be difficult to live. “Of course, I will waste time there but above all I will go out on a trajectory where the other pilots will not see me, analyzed the Yamaha pilot. can’t do much about it, because I’ll be on the track and I’m not going to stop.” To limit the damage, Quartararo has also worked on an exercise he masters perfectly, namely the hunt for the clock, to try to grab a pole that is bigger than ever. On Friday, he was thus the only one to complete a lap in less than a minute and 59 seconds. Out of the question to leave the slightest place to chance.British Grand PrixQuartararo: “The first title is good, but that’s in the past”2 HOURS AGOBritish Grand PrixQuartararo shows his fangsAGO 21 HOURS
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