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Timo Glock has admitted that he lacked the confidence ‘to go to the maximum and push’ in qualifying on Saturday, with the Lindenfels man struggling for fundamental grip at the Yas Marina Circuit. The former Jordan and Toyota driver placed his car 20th on the timesheets, just one tenth ahead of HRT F1’s impressive Daniel Ricciardo.
"Today the car was a bit more difficult to drive than yesterday," 29-year-old Glock revealed after stepping out of his car. "We already struggled this morning with the braking - I just didn’t have the confidence to go to the maximum and push. Depending on the corner, the rear end behaved differently, making it quite difficult for me to judge.
"But my qualifying lap was a good one and I am happy to be in front of HRT and pleased with the lap. It was good and no mistakes. But I’m sure that if we have more confidence in the car we can push more, so we have to look into this and understand why it changed overnight."
Team-mate Jérôme d'Ambrosio, whose lap time was exactly 0.184 seconds slower than Glock, was also optimistic about his chances in Sunday’s race.
"I had a reasonable qualifying today," said the Belgian, who starts from 22nd. "I didn’t get the perfect lap but equally it wasn’t such a bad one. I’m looking forward to the race tomorrow as my set-up was oriented more towards the race rather than optimised for qualifying, so I like to think there is more to come.
"This is a special race track with the timing of the qualifying and race, as the reference points are gradually changing as the light is falling. I hope we can have a good two-car finish for the team."
Jerome d' Ambrosio
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