Will Stevens says he is sure he would have been able to get within the 107% time in qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix if he had run.
A fuel system issue prevented Stevens from taking to the track during Q1 having run in all three practice sessions at Sepang. With Roberto Merhi outside the 107% time in the second Manor, the team must now wait to see if it allowed to race and Stevens pointed to his FP2 time as an indication he would have qualified himself.
“It’s incredibly disappointing for me and team because the pace shown in FP2 we would have been inside the 107%, and with track temperatures cooler I would like to think we would have made it safely inside 107,” Stevens said.
Stevens’ time in FP2 was half a second quicker than the cut-off time in Q1, and he hopes it will be enough to convince the stewards to let him start on Sunday.
“I’m not sure what happens now, but personally from my side of the garage we showed we could comfortably get inside 107 per cent. The time in FP2 would have seen us through in quali.”
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