Xavier Simeon is setting his sights on the top ten tomorrow after qualifying a superb eighth for the season-closing Valencian Grand Prix. The Belgian was the quickest of the three Tech 3 runners, admittedly helped by the mid-session shower, and was delighted to bounce back after struggling in the morning practice session.
“This morning I did not have a good feeling with the bike and with the front tyre, when I entered the corners. We did not change much in the afternoon on the bike, but it was a big step. Directly after the start of the qualifying I felt much better, my feeling with the front tyre was immediately good and I had more grip with the rear tyre too. I had two fast laps. When I entered the box it was not raining, but then I saw the other riders entering their pits and that it had started to rain, so I just remained in the box and waited.”
The Valencia weather has been unpredictable all weekend but Simeon isn't worried, and feels he can score solid points whatever the conditions.
“The feeling with the bike was a lot better than this morning, but no matter what condition we have tomorrow, rain or dry, we are good with the settings. I am happy for my 8th starting position. This feels great after starting from 23rd or further back the last few races and my target for tomorrow’s race is to finish in the Top 10.”