Sepang.- “In the last races we are leaving many things behind”, Fabio Quartararo invited Yamaha to reflect on the moment they are going through, the 2021 world champion worried about “how strange” everything is being in this part of the season.
The last ‘misfortune’ for the Devil was to suffer a fall in FP4, when he was working with Franco Morbidelli on the track, breaking a finger on his left hand, which had him very sore from that moment until the end of qualifying.
“It’s the middle finger. It will be difficult, as always, but a little more because I start from very far back positions (12th). After the crash I wanted to return the bike to the workshop, because the other one was calibrated for wet conditions,” he explained. the rooster
Despite hurting his hand and making clear gestures about it every time he appeared on television, Quartararo did not want to use it as an excuse.
“The finger wasn’t a problem in qualifying; maybe I wasn’t fully focused. I still don’t understand why we couldn’t put a second rubber on the second attempt. We didn’t calculate well,” he complained.
He also did not see clearly what happened in the fall, where he detected that the reaction of the amount was not normal.
“In the area where I fell there are many potholes, but in qualifying, normally when you touch the gas everything straightens out. This time something strange happened,” he said somewhat annoyed.
Naturally, the boy from Nice did not want to think too much about how he will face a race in which he cannot give up more than five points to Pecco Bagnaia if he wants to take the fight for the title to the last race.
“Starting 12th there is no strategy that is worth it, you have to go to the maximum, but without a specific strategy. We will have to see what rubber we use, because we did not have too much time to try them all”.
With a dozen motorcycles ahead, five of them Ducati, Fabio must look for overtaking to try to minimize the damage.
“The truth is that I am not sure if there are points where it can be overtaken. It will be a mystery for tomorrow,” he did not want to give any clues.
The only thing clear is that the race is not considered as a last chance, rather as one more to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
“To be honest, I don’t feel the pressure. But what is happening to us in the last few races is very strange. I don’t know if we are working well or not, but we are missing a lot of things. We may have to change the way we work.” , was the notice.
After the wake-up call he released on Thursday to his teammate Franco Morbidelli, the Italian from Yamaha has reacted very positively this weekend.
“I think that if Franco can continue to progress, that will be very positive for next year”, in which they both have a contract with Yamaha.
Finally, they asked him to what extent and in what actions the injury can condition him.
“In the left hand I use the thumb brake and the height adjuster control,” he said without elaborating on more details, such as the output clutch or the obvious need to use the handlebars both when braking and accelerating. .