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ItalianGP: First row after strong practice days

The starting positions for the Italian Grand Prix were decided on Saturday under fantastic weather conditions. Tom Lüthi secured the second starting place for the race in Mugello with a high constancy during both training days.

Tom Lüthi was pushed away from the top in the last free practice (FP3) in the morning of the qualifying day just like the day before. This time from the Spaniard Augusto Fernandez, who placed 0,009 seconds ahead of the Swiss.
Nevertheless, it was clear that the chances for the Italian pole position were very good. And actually he had this from the beginning of the 15-minute session with an early mad time of 1'51.169 almost in his pocket. But at the end Intact GP colleague Marcel Schrötter came into play. Tom Lüthi's teammate had emerged ninth from the three practice sessions and in the final qualifying lap he was still in first place from fifth to first. With a 1'51.129 he pushed Tom Lüthi out of pole with a lead of only four hundredths.

Tom Lüthi P2 - 1'51.169 (+0.040)
It's important to be in the front row of the grid. That was also our goal. The pace is crucial this weekend. My team did a really good job and I want to thank them for it. We worked hard on the setup all weekend. We had our difficulties at Le Mans, but now we've found a way at Mugello. That's important for the race. I'm very confident. It would have been nice if we had clinched pole position, but Marcel was a bit faster in the end. Congratulations to him, he also did a great job. I think I was pretty strong, but we still have some work to do. I was able to do a really fast lap right at the beginning. But after that I really had problems. I made a lot of mistakes and we have to analyse now what happened. For tomorrow we have to try to solve the problem. After that we are definitely ready for the race.

1. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX - 1'51.129
2. Thomas LUTHI / SWI / KALEX - 1'51.169 (+0.040)
3. Alex MARQUEZ / SPA / KALEX - 1'51.346 (+0.217)

See full starting grid here.
See lap analysis of Q2 here