Fabio Quartararo is the new Portuguese Grand Prix winner. The Portuguese started the new season furiously, and if we can guess from this, he could have a great season. Still, let's wait until the end. The Portuguese had problems on this track last season, and he was worried that it would be the same this time as well, but something completely different happened.
"Yes, I feel honestly like [I did in] 2019," Quartararo said, as quoted by motorsport "The bike is working so well and I have the same [bike as Qatar]. "We didn't touch the bike. We arrived here, it's exactly the same bike as Qatar, [only] changing a few things."
"But we never asked ourselves 'should we try this. And 2019 was like this and you can see the difference between Qatar and here, it's totally different tracks. "So that means the bike is going so well and I'm pretty sure the bike will work in all the tracks this year.
Maybe we will struggle for sure, but I think the bike will go well in all tracks."
The Portuguese revealed that he had changed some things about himself, and that talking to a psychologist helped a lot.
"When you win the first two races in a row with advantage of four seconds, you feel that it's going to start and keep going," Quartararo explained. "But the other ones are working so hard to go over you, to take that place.
And actually now I'm just thinking race by race. At Jerez [last year] I was like 'wow, we are first in the championship' "I'd never been in that position ever and was strange for me. So, that's why right now I'm even not looking at the championship.
"I'm just thinking about the next race, and even during the pre-season I worked pretty well with my psychologist and I feel like all the exercises he gave to me were good at keeping me calm." Quartararo was surprised with the pace "I think we did more 1m39s than 1m40s, and actually the pace was so strong.
"Here with our bike we feel a lot the fuel going down and in the middle of the race the pace was amazing. "I knew we had a little bit extra pace from Alex, he was riding so fast, 0.2s [behind] always. "He made a mistake, but honestly the pace that we set today was unexpected for myself but feels great to enjoy that track a lot."