Hinch And Ericsson Start 15th And 16th Respectively
Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda will start Sunday’s IndyCar Classic at the Circuit Of The Americas in Austin Texas from 15th place having set a fastest time of 01:46.8670s.
Speaking following the session the Mayor of HinchTown said:
If we were on a quicker lap, we were probably good enough to transfer (to Round 2). At the same time, these reds (Firestone alternate tires) are best on Lap 1 and we just didn’t get quite the most out of it out on Lap 1. I think we could’ve been a lot stronger for Round 2 had we transferred through, but that’s the name of the game. It’s a long race tomorrow, and I think our car is a lot better than where we’re starting. I have a lot of faith in the Arrow guys on pit lane with the car. We’ll just put our heads down and move forward tomorrow.”
Marcus Ericsson in the No.7 Arrow Electronics Honda starts the race from 16th place having set a fastest time of the day of 01:48.4259s and speaking following the day’s action he said:
“I didn’t even get my first lap on the reds (Firestone alternate tires), and unfortunately we just missed out. It’s a bit of a shame. I think on the blacks (Firestone primary tires) we were there or thereabouts. Coming from a crash from the last practice wasn’t the best preparation. I was building it up on the blacks, and then my red lap I did half a lap and it was a decent first half. Then there was the red flag, so I never really got the chance to see how the reds were. The Arrow car felt a bit better than the third practice, so I think it was a step in the right direction. We know we have a strong race car, so we just have some work to do tomorrow to get where we want.” (About how the Indy car compares to the F1 car at COTA) “It’s definitely very different; it’s two very different cars. I think the track knowledge from F1 has definitely helped me, but the problem is we had two days of testing, so everyone sort of got up to speed on the track. If we didn’t have that testing, I think it would have been a bigger advantage for me. That’s how it goes, I have some tricks up my sleeve from racing here, so I’m going to play them tomorrow.”