Tricky Saturday sees Darryn line up 16th on the #ValenciaGP grid
Qualifying for the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana ended with Darryn Binder setting the 16th fastest time today.
Waiting until the end of FP3 to set his flying laps, Darryn was unfortunate to have his fastest lap time deleted. This left him 26th with a time of 1min 41.530secs. However, his FP1 lap put him ninth overall and secured a place in Q2. Darryn echoed his team-mate in getting out early in Qualifying to set a banker lap of 1min 39.810secs. Unfortunately, the South African made a mistake and was unable to improve upon this and will line up 16th on the grid tomorrow.
FP3 was a bit tricky because the track conditions were not the best and there were still some damp patches, so it was quite difficult to get a lap together this morning. I still managed to get through to Q2, so I was quite happy with that. In Qualifying I went out and did a lap at the beginning and felt good. After we had set ourselves up with new tyres for the end of the session, I went out and unfortunately made a big mistake going into Turn 2, which meant I lost half a second in the first sector. I tried my best to recover as much time as I could, but I wasn’t able to improve my lap time. I’m disappointed to finish the final qualifying of the season this way, as I would have liked to have been further up the grid. We’ve still got Warm Up tomorrow to find a good rhythm for the race, where I’m going to get my head down and do my best.