Cal Crutchlow has been left disappointed by the opening day of action at the Malaysian Grand Prix, unhappy to be so far down the overall pecking order despite showing strong pace in the afternoons wet free practice one session.
Crutchlow started strong, running at the front of free practice one for the first half of the session, but finishing the practice on the tyres he finished left him back in 13th.
And with rain coming for the afternoon, even a gamble to become one of the first to switch to slicks wasn’t enough to leave straight into tomorrow’s qualifying two session.
“Obviously today we are very disappointed to be outside the top ten, when I’m sure we have the pace to be in the top three. We didn’t change the tyre this morning and I was unable to go faster in my last run, because we were trying something for Honda that we had agreed to try.
“We made a bit of a tactical error and this afternoon was then wet. I went out with the slick to see if I was able to push, but it didn’t dry up enough.”
“Now it also looks like tomorrow morning will be wet so it’s going to be difficult to go directly into Q2 – where we should be. Let’s see what tomorrow brings. We have to remain positive and go through the motions with the team tonight to improve things on the bike and then we will see how qualifying goes.”