Staff Emeritus | Motorsport Engineer
- Mar 14, 2013
RaceDepartment's Seb Scott sat down with Audi's André Lotterer after a difficult qualifying session for the team.
Lotterer qualified 5th, behind both Porsches, the partner Audi and Toyota. "I didn't manage my consumption well on my first attempt, and on my second attempt I hit a lot of traffic. So, I didn't use the full potential of the car."
"I went back out on new tyres to improve, a 1:40.2, which is the same as our sister car. It would have been more beneficial to put Marcel [Fassler] back out with new tyres, because he would have improved the average."
With the race being 6 hours, it can be said that qualifying position is not as crucial as it is in sprint races, or short endurance such as Formula 1. Lotterer said "Every second that's lost is lost, and you can never recover it. So, for sure we have to fight our way back as quick as possible tomorrow. Hopefully we'll have the car for it, and everything will work according to plan - good strategy, the right tyres at the right time, hopefully no incidents. At the moment it looks like we have good race pace."
André also spoke about his experience in F1 with Caterham in Spa 2014. He was critical of F1's new engine generation, saying that F1 should be about raw pace and racing, rather than efficiency.
"They should be there to sell the dream, to sell the no compromise, to sell the maximum performance to the people, to really open their eyes. When the cars pass by it makes the body vibrate, that's what it used to do. People were like 'my God, this is nuts!' Now, it's not impressive at all.
"[The WEC], on the other side, is there for different things, we have very impressive looking cars so this is already an advantage for us. Of course, our car as a diesel doesn't sound very sexy either, but it's a piece of technology which makes it very interesting.
"I think we have a completely different task for manufacturers to show new efficient technologies over 24 hours, which is a marketing tool for the car brands, and can be transferred back to the road car.
"We consume 20-30% less fuel, but in Formula 1, over an hour and a half races, who cares? They just want to have maximum entertainment."
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