Pit & Paddock
Comments after the Spa 24 Hours
Claudio Berro: «I am really pleased at the result, for the work done by our technicians in developing the car and for my team. Pirelli's tyres allowed us to confront the variable weather with confidence. This was Maserati's first win in a 24 Hour race, one which confirms top spot in the Constructors' Cup. It also sees the Vitaphone team and JMB in the first two places in the Team standings, with Bartels and Scheider a little further back. We are also pleased at the performance of the Team Giudici Trofeo Light that managed to finish the 24 Hour. It is a fun and inexpensive car to drive for gentleman drivers.»
Michael Bartels (2): «I have to thank my driving partners who drove when the weather was really bad. Thanks also to Pirelli and Maserati who set up the car perfectly. It is a shame about the second Vitaphone Racing Team car who pulled out when they were on the podium. Now we will aim to win a normal three hour race, maybe the next one in Germany at Oschersleben.»
Timo Scheider: «It was an exciting race from beginning to end and, in fact, I spun when lapping a back marker on the very last lap in the driving rain. I can confirm that our next aim is to take the next three hour in the FIA GT championship calendar, at Oschersleben at the end of August.»
Eric Van de Poele: «The 24 Hours of Spa is one of the most famous endurance races in the world and obviously here in Belgium. A team has to be prepared perfectly to win this race. This has been great and I dedicate my win to a friend who sadly died recently.»
Philippe Peter: «Incredible! It was a real pleasure racing alongside Andrea and Karl. I felt at home with them immediately and I shared a great car with excellent Pirelli tyres. I am pleased as we scored valuable points and because I thought we would be able to score a one-two finish like this in our first 24 Hour! My partners allowed me the honour of crossing the finish line. It is a shame that there was so much water on the track in the closing stages.»
Andrea Bertolini: «I am really pleased as I now lead the Drivers' Championship together with Karl. I am also happy as, after a year of developing the car step by step, we win such a great race as the 24 Hour. I want to thank the guys on the Maserati and Pirelli teams who backed us up at every stage.»
Comments after qualifying session in Spa
Andrea Bertolini (2): «I am really proud. Unfortunately there was traffic out on the circuit during my fast lap but I still managed to set a good time. We worked a lot with the team and the Pirelli technicians in order to find the right balance. This will allow us to be consistent during the race. We are a well-suited team as Karl and Philippe drive in similar ways. In the final session with ran-in the new engine and gearbox ahead of tomorrow’s race».
Michael Bartels: «It is the first pole position the team has taken this year and we are very pleased as the level of competition is very high. Pole is only the first step towards winning the race. It is very long and anything can happen, mechanical or otherwise. The weather, for example, is very changeable. It will be very important to be consistent and to not commit any errors. I am hopeful as we have a good car».