If the race is held on Sunday, Marc Márquez will start from the fifth spot on the grid. In fact, the conditions of the Silverstone track had even the six-time world champion in difficulty on Saturday afternoon. Marc avoided taking excessive risks in qualifying, settling for the second row.
“In qualifying, we encountered truly strange conditions – Marc said – The track was dry, but there were three turns full of water. At a certain point, I thought I’d put on slicks, but it was too risky. In these situations, you have to be calmer, since I am usually too aggressive. In any case, we say that the Ducatis are competitive as always.”
Number 93’s attention then shifted to the weather conditions.
“In wet conditions it is difficult to analyse – he said – If it were to rain like today, racing is not possible. In FP4 I went out and I closed the throttle straight away. The problem is that with all the potholes, the water stays on the track. Race Direction surely has the experience to handle this situation – he added – In the event of rain like in FP4, no one would finish the race.”
Marc then went into detail.
“Like I said, the problem is the potholes, because puddles are formed in spots where you can’t predict it and that is very risky. The situation will certainly need to be assessed very carefully – Marc reiterated – I’m not the one who will need to decide whether or not to race. No matter what the decision is, I’ll accept it.”
So, the ball is in Race Direction’s court.
“Race Direction has a lot of experience, as does Loris Capirossi. I am confident that all the riders will be asked, but I prefer not to waste time thinking about it. My job is just to think about preparing the best setup for the bike.”
Marc then tried to shift attention to the race, but the asphalt problem remains.
“It was not a very good job – he pointed out – There are more potholes than before and we saw puddles form. It is a critical situation and something will need to be done for the future, because this uncertainty is not normal. Maybe before Formula 1 the situation was better, like Crutchlow said, but today you saw that it is dangerous.”
The six-time world champion therefore remained focused on the track.
“In my mind, I am keeping the idea of racing. I am a great race lover, but with so much water, racing will not be possible. The problem is that one part of the track dries out quickly, whereas from turn 6 to 8, it stays completely wet.”
Despite his fifth place, Marc prefers to see the glass as half full.
“In FP4, I think we took an important step forward – he concluded – Unfortunately, this morning I made a lot of mistakes with the setup. The favourites? In the dry, I think Maverick is good, then Dovi and me, followed by Crutchlow.”