Paul-Loup Chatin, 5th in the Hyperpole: “The first of the newcomers”

Elected ofAlpine to lead the A424 No. 35 during the Hyperpole, Paul-Loup Chatin put in a very good performance even if he had difficulty being entirely satisfied.

Published on 14/06/2024 à 09:31

Gonzalo Forbes

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Paul-Loup Chatin, 5th in the Hyperpole: “The first of the newcomers”

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Paul-Loup Chatin, what is your assessment of this Hyperpolis?

A very good result, I am very happy. Afterwards I'm not completely crazy because I'm a competitor. When I start at the Hyperpole, I fight for first place, and as I don't have it, there is a little disappointment. But we have to be realistic, we are the first of the new arrivals. I think the team did a great job and gave me a great car.

Can you explain where you wasted time?

I lost three tenths in driving I think, I had a very good lap but not the lap of my life. I also think that there are six tenths which come from the aspiration that the Porsche. If we add it up, it's nine tenths, we're at one second. It wasn't our objective for the week, we were pleasantly surprised to be in Hyperpole and now focus on the race.

How did you feel driving the car in changing conditions compared to the afternoon test?

The car is very good, we were bothered by the change in wind direction which changed its behavior from the entrance to the esses to Tertre Rouge, and that may not have been in our favor. With yesterday's wind I could perhaps have better exploited our strengths in its passages. But 5th for our first at Le Mans with this car is satisfactory. I don't know the objectives of my Top Management but I am proud of our team.

The race is looming on the horizon, are you confident?

The race has to be finished, that's all. If we finish it without error we will see where it places us. That's going to be the key. I don't know if we're going to lower the power, but we're making the car a little safer, probably maybe doing little things to anticipate the rain. If we can make it easier in these conditions, it can save us a lot of seconds. In the dry, you can only gain a few tenths with adjustments.

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Gonzalo Forbes

In charge of promotion formulas (F2, F3, FRECA, F4...). Carried by the grace of Franco Colapinto.

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