Felice Jelmini admits ‘he has no strategy’ ahead of Paul Ricard race one

Sébastien Loeb Racing’s Felice Jelmini says he hasn’t got a plan of how to tackle the opening race of the TCR Europe round at Paul Ricard.

Jelmini, who finished qualifying on Saturday morning in third behind Teddy Clairet and teammate Mehdi Bennani, also admitted that he is still unsure as to where his Hyundai Elantra N is strong on the French circuit.

“This (qualifying) is a very strong result for all the team, so I’m very happy but particularly for Mehdi because we put his car in second position,” said Jelmini.

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“I prefer to put new tyres on the front and warm them up before I put on the rears. With my driving style, I think it’s better but I think in terms of the lap times it’s quite similar.”

The Italian driver, who currently sits tenth in the championship standings after the opening round of the season at the Slovakiaring, was the second of the four Hyundai’s to finish within the top five positions in qualifying.

“I don’t know where we will be strong here, to be honest,” added Jelmini after the session on Saturday morning.

“Our car is fast on the straight, but so is the Peugeot and the other guys.

“I think Azcona will be fast during the races and so I have no strategy – we have to be clever within the team and not fight with each other.”

Race one at Paul Ricard is set to take place at 16:45 CEST (15:45 BST).

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