18/09/2021

Placing everything on one card again in the San Marino GP

Marcel Schrötter qualified 13th on the grid on row five at the Misano World Circuit on Saturday. Tony Arbolino lost out in the Q1 rain poker and will start the Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini from position 22.

After a very positive start to the second day on the Adriatic coast by Marcel Schrötter with fifth place in the last free practice session, the 28-year-old had a lot planned for Q2 qualifying. Fortunately, the track was drying quickly from a previous shower, but the 28-year-old struggled to improve on his pace from the morning. In the end, his time of 1'37.345 saw him move up to 13th on the grid, from where he will lead the fifth row of tomorrow's 25-lap race ahead of Tom Lüthi and Joe Roberts.

Tony Arbolino missed the top-14 by just 18 thousandths in the morning's FP3 and had to get ready for Q1 qualifying as a result. Almost at the same time as the 15-minute session began, the first drops of rain started to fall. So there was only one strategy left, to try to get to the front as quickly as possible from the first lap on. After one lap, the young Italian raced into third position, but while the rivals were able to make up ground on slicks in the increasingly heavier rain, the LIQUI MOLY Intact GP rider slipped to eighth place. On the grid, this means that Tony Arbolino will have to give his all again on Sunday from eighth row, this time from P22.

FP3:
1. Raul FERNANDEZ / SPA / KALEX - 1'37.012
2. Augusto FERNANDEZ / SPA / KALEX - 1'37.207 (+0.195)
3. Remy GARDNER / AUS / KALEX - 1'37.245 (+0.233)
5. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX - 1'37.354 (+0.342)
16. Tony ARBOLINO / ITA / KALEX - 1'37.883 (+0.871)

Q1:
1. Celestino VIETTI / ITA / KALEX - 1'38.062
2. Lorenzo DALLA / PORTA / ITA / KALEX - 1'38.212 (+0.150)
3. Joe ROBERTS / USA / KALEX - 1'38.369 (+0.307)
8. Tony ARBOLINO / ITA / KALEX - 1'38.815 (+0.753)

Q2:
1. Raul FERNANDEZ / SPA / KALEX - 1'36.264
2. Sam LOWES / GBR / KALEX - 1'36.615 (+0.351)
3. Augusto FERNANDEZ / SPA / KALEX - 1'36.788 (+0.524)
13. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX - 1'37.345 (+1.081)