Second row for Redding at Indianapolis
Scott posted the second quickest time during this morning’s final free practice session, and looked all set to claim a front row grid position in qualifying this afternoon. The 19-year-old Briton moved up to third position during the early part of the 45-minute timed session, but was unable to improve further on his lap time as a slipping clutch upset his rhythm.
Despite the problems in qualifying, Scott remains confident of a good result tomorrow, but also well aware that tyres will play a critical part in the race, on a track that is particularly demanding on tyres due to the abrasive, yet unpredictable, surface.
“I couldn’t seem to find a good rhythm today, mainly because of a problem with the clutch,” explained Scott. “It started slipping early on in qualifying we simply didn’t have time to sort it out with only 35 minutes of the session left to run. So, it was just a case of doing the best that I could and hoping it was enough to put me on the front two rows, which it was, just! Tomorrow’s race is going to be all about the tyres. The rear is spinning up after just four laps, so it’s going to be a case of racing with the head and not the throttle tomorrow. If I can get away with the leaders, and we don’t burn up our tyres battling for position at every corner early on, then I’m confident we can come away from Indy with a good result and more championship points.”
Source: Marc VDS Racing