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"We're going to give a good fight"

Quotes after qualifying at Shanghai.

Ralf Jüttner (Technical Director Audi Sport Team Joest): “That was an interesting qualifying session. The Toyota initially set a strong time. Ben (Tréluyer) was very strong but was a bit unfortunate in traffic and had to pit again in order to get some fuel. Congratulations to Toyota, who are in front for the time being. But we’re going to give them a good battle tomorrow. In the case of our number ‘2’ car, things didn’t go so well. We’ve got to take a closer look at that. Now we’re going to perfectly prepare the two cars for the race.”

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): “We knew that qualifying would be very hard for us here because this track doesn’t suit us particularly well. But we showed that we’re really battling all the way to the end. Ben (Tréluyer) ultimately showed a fantastic lap. The prerequisites for the race are difficult. We’ve got no advantage in terms of lap times and, on top of that, a disadvantage due to the smaller tank capacity. But six hours is a long time and the whole squad will give everything in order to clinch a good result.”

Chris Reinke (Head of LMP): “We saw a thrilling qualifying session in which we tried everything all the way up until the end. The characteristics of the track here at Shanghai are some of the most difficult ones of the whole season for us and despite this we’re on an equal footing with our competitors. This confirms our solid preparation. For the race, we’re expecting a fierce battle for victory.”

Marcel Fässler (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): “We almost took the pole position, there was really just a tiny bit lacking. Ben (Tréluyer) drove brilliantly, the whole team did a superb job of preparing the car. I may have been a bit too ambitious on my fast laps but, still, we’ve got a good starting base for the race.”

André Lotterer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): “That was a nice qualifying session in which we battled all the way to the end. Ben (Tréluyer) did a great job even though it wasn’t quite enough in the end. On his second fast lap, he hit a bit of traffic. It was close but we’re looking to the race with optimism.”

Benoît Tréluyer (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #1): “It was a close qualifying session and a nice battle with Toyota. We worked out a good set-up today, which helped us a lot. I hit traffic twice on my fast laps but that’s part of the game. We’ve got a good car for the race tomorrow.”

Loïc Duval (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): “I was struggling a bit this afternoon but, still, it was fun watching the guys battle for the pole position. Our fourth place on the grid is perfectly okay for such a long race. Naturally, we’d prefer being further in front but things like dense traffic are part and parcel of a WEC qualifying session. Congratulations to Toyota, but also to our sister car.”

Tom Kristensen (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): “I’m not happy with qualifying. I always had a lot of traffic on my three laps. But now we’re looking to tomorrow. In the practice sessions we worked out a few things that should be helping us in the race. That’s what we mainly concentrated on.”

Allan McNish (Audi R18 e-tron quattro #2): “That was a pretty difficult qualifying session. Our second free practice wasn’t optimal, so we weren’t perfectly prepared for qualifying. In terms of lap times, the car is very fast. But our biggest issue is treating the tires well across the distance.”

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