Vitantonio Liuzzi and Thomas Biagi qualified in fourth and fifth respectively, behind the three Audis which have been the dominant force so far this weekend.
“The races will be tough tomorrow”, said Liuzzi. “This track is particularly hard on the tyres, because they undergo a lot of huge weight loads through these long corners. The last corner is particularly important because it takes you to a very long straight, so you need to get a good run out of it.
The Audis are really quick and they also proved that they are much more gentle on the tyres. We know that the races tomorrow will be very demanding especially on the rear tyres, which will make it more difficult.”
Biagi echoed the former Grand Prix driver, stating that Vallelunga is really tough on the tyres and this could make the difference in tomorrow’s races.
“This track is not easy at all on the tyres. We have a lot of hard braking sections, as well as very slow corners which demand a sudden acceleration with lots of torque in first or second gear, and so the tyres will be crucial tomorrow. For me the Audis are in a class of their own this weekend. I don’t think we will be able to beat them.”
Liuzzi currently has a 19-point advantage over pole man Johan Kristoffersson, with Biagi a further three points adrift.