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Daniël De Jong: "Qualifying is crucial in GP2"

  • Published on 21 Jul 2016 18:38
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  • By: Dominik Wilde

Halfway through the GP2 season Daniël de Jong is on six points after taking top ten finishes in the Monaco and Baku Feature races.

However, the MP Motorsport driver failed to score in both Austria and Great Britain.

According to De Jong this was partly to do with circumstances such as safety cars and rain, but he also blames his qualifying performances, where he was 20th, and 18th fastest at the Red Bull Ring and Silverstone.

"You can go fast in a race and top ten-times drop, but in GP2 you have to mostly go hard in qualifying, you can see it even in fast guys," he said. "If they have to start at the back they are nowhere as they normally compete for the podium. "

"I noticed it myself in Baku as well. When I started more in front and it went a lot easier. If you drive over good times, you walk away." he tells Formula 1. "If I am there in the top ten qualifiers, it can be fun. I do not do that, then it becomes very difficult. Especially on a track like the Hungaroring."

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