Monster Energy factory Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales said that he has to work hard to make up for the time lost down the long straights at the Red Bull Ring as the Spaniard qualified on the second row in Austria.
The Yamaha man qualified in fourth position after topping FP4, and after showing good race pace through the race simulation fourth free practice session, hopes are high for a positive showing.
Vinales said that he was really happy with his pace and his performance on Saturday, whilst working hard to improve for the race.
“Honestly, I’m really happy because we worked in a good way today,” said the 24-year-old.
“But anyway, we have to keep trying because we lose a few tenths on the straights which we have to recover on the brakes and corner speed. We have to keep working hard to see if we can improve.
“The way the bike is working in the corners is really good, so the chassis is really nice.”
With questions over the weather overnight and early morning, the track conditions may be very different to those which they qualified in. Despite the uncertainty over the weather, Vinales remained pragmatic, acknowledging the conditions will be the same for everyone.
“I don’t know what the weather will be like tomorrow, we will just try our best and then we’ll see,” he said.
“After all, the conditions are the same for everyone, so we need to keep working to understand how to be fast when there’s less grip.”