Petronas SRT Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo said that issues on the brakes were the reasons behind his disastrous Malaysian Grand Prix, which saw the Frenchman go from pole to seventh place.
The rookie looked in stunning form after taking his fifth pole position of 2019, however, it was clear from the moment the lights went out that it wasn’t going to be Quartararo’s day. Ending the first lap down in eighth place, only making up one spot through the race, eventually ending the race last of the four Yamaha’s in seventh place.
Quartararo explained that he was having issues braking, but once he found a good feeling, the damage had been done.
“Unfortunately, it was a very difficult race,” said the 20-year-old.
“I didn’t start off well and I had several problems on the brakes, I couldn’t brake. When I passed Miller, I found the sensation I wanted, but it wasn’t enough.”
As well as braking issues, Quartararo said that the front tyre was causing him problems in the race.
“I opted for the soft and the biggest problem was the front, even though we all struggled with that tyre,” he said.
“Besides that, we have to be calm and prepare for Valencia, where we’ll do our best. It is a pity for this race, especially the first lap which was a disaster.”