Richard Mille Racing’s Tatiana Calderon said that the weekend’s FIA World Endurance Championship round in Monza, Italy was a difficult one for her and the team however, the Colombian feels that despite this, the team gained valuable experience and information ahead of the 24 Hours of LeMans which takes place from August 21 and 22.
Speaking following the action, Calderon said:
Overall it was a difficult weekend. We missed some track time in FP1 with some brake issues, and we tried some things that didn’t work out in FP3, which made qualifying difficult for Sophia. At the beginning of the race, we had good pace but most cars in the class had very similar pace which made it hard to overtake. We also lost some time having to push back the car twice during pitstops as most cars around us pitted at the same time. I had some good battles on-track in my first stint, but I was left with really old tyres for my final stint, so it was a case of just surviving and not losing too much time. The full-course yellow probably cost us P5 or P6, which would have been a good result. That said, we are still missing some pace, but I want to thank the team for working through the night replacing the engine after qualifying. The weekend was still a useful preparation for Le Mans, which remains our main goal for this season.”