Turkish GP: Saturday Press Conference and Quotes
1 - Sebastian VETTEL (Red Bull)
2 - Mark WEBBER (Red Bull)
3 - Nico ROSBERG (Mercedes)
Q: Sebastian, four poles out of a four this season. That is testament to your competitiveness this season?
Sebastian VETTEL: First of all apologies to the team and to the mechanics. I damaged the car pretty much yesterday so we couldn't run at all. We missed the session in the afternoon but they fixed it for today. I think they did a very good job. We have been there since this morning so I am very happy with the result. We had not a really trouble free morning but all in all we still had a bit to catch up. I like the track so that helps and it was nice to see that without that many laps I was able to come back and find the rhythm so all in all very happy today. It was a bit funny as both Mark and myself we decided in the last bit of qualifying in Q3 to skip the second run and it is very strange the feeling that the others are on the track and you know that they can beat you but you can just watch. There is nothing you can do. Obviously it is good to save a set of tires for tomorrow but it is an odd feeling - but very happy obviously.
Q: Mark, talk us through the thinking about that from the team side. You want to save a set of tires but you must have been quite tempted to go out and do another run?
Mark WEBBER: Yeah, particularly for me it was a little bit more interesting. I would have liked to have a couple more tenths to have the margin. Obviously Seb did a good lap for pole but my lap wasn't too bad. We spoke about it before qualifying that tomorrow is going to be a pretty long race and every lap you can try and get back today might help you tomorrow. Turns out we were in the best grid positions we could get. Obviously other way round here and there but generally the team did a great job so now we are in the best shape we can be in terms of grid positions and in terms of tires. You cannot get through with any less tires than that unless you are running scrubbed tires all day but you are not going to qualify anywhere, so good decision from the team. A little bit of luck, of course, but in the end I was happy with today. Seb did a good lap and I am looking forward to tomorrow's race.
Q: Nico, first time in the top three this season. Mercedes seem to have really bounced back in competitiveness terms. What is the secret to this bounce back do you think?
Nico ROSBERG: It is really great to see. I am very happy for all of us. I think we have just done really well to come back from the difficult start all the way to where we are now. We are getting ever closer to where we want to be and that is really nice. Today was a good day again. I got everything right and I think it worked well with set up and everything. Qualifying generally went very well and I even saved one set of options for tomorrow, which is very positive also for the race.
Q: Sebastian, the race tomorrow. Do you expect something like what we saw in China in terms of race strategies, overtaking and spectacle?
Vettel: Well we will have to wait and see. But surely I think the races we have had this year have been quite nice to watch. Obviously we were all busy but once we got the chance to see the race I think we were amazed by how much action there was, overtaking et cetera. I think here is a different place to Shanghai, to China, as probably the corner that determines whether you can stall the wing or not - turn nine/ten - is a bit more tricky to get rather than turn 11/12 in China so we will see. I think it will be a tough race, managing the tires. We will see how many stops we will end up with. I just hope and keep my fingers crossed that we will have radio communication all the way as it is quite useful when your tires start to go off to talk to your team about what to do and where you are. I am confident. We have a good car so I felt happy today. Hopefully we don't get too much of the action and we just hope that all the action for the spectators is behind us so we will see. But it will be a difficult one.
Q: Sebastian, can we understand that basically the accident has had no effect on your preparation whatsoever?
Vettel: I think if I would have Turn Eight and inter tires and the conditions again I would try not to do the same as there is a reason why we want to run on Friday afternoon. It was not nice to stand there to watch. Surely it is not the preferred option, but today we had a good day and it is down also to Mark having a solid run yesterday in the dry conditions. Obviously in the morning it was wet. The happier you are in general on Friday the better it will be on Saturday. Largely we could adapt and use the information Mark found out yesterday afternoon. Straight away I felt comfortable in the car. I found the rhythm of the track quickly so all in all I was very happy this morning and I was confident going into qualifying but it was not a 100 per cent smooth day today. There are still things we have to improve and do better but sitting here now I am very happy and very pleased after a bad shunt yesterday, especially the work load I managed to give to all the mechanics, not just mine but all the team. It was a pretty big hit and therefore a lot to repair but they did a very good job and I had a fantastic car today.
Q: Do we understand that KERS is working better in the Red Bull now?
Vettel: Well I mean it is not that easy. It is not just that you go home, you solve the problem and you come again and there never will be a problem again. It is a complex system. Teams like McLaren-Mercedes they are still far ahead as they had all these small tweaks and small problems probably in 2009 so there is still a lot for us to catch up but I think we get more and more confident. As I said on Thursday I am not that old, but I haven't seen anybody who can give you a guarantee on anything so we are sitting here and we cannot guarantee, the whole team cannot guarantee, that we will not have any problems.
Q: You showed a certain amount of confidence with the fact that you went out, did one run and then didn't go out again. Most people who do one run do it later when there's a bit more rubber down.
Vettel: Well, I think we did the right thing, obviously. By doing that, you never know what can happen. Firstly, you can make a mistake. Obviously, when you drive on the limit, you can always have a wobble here and there and then the lap is not 100 per cent clean. If you do it at the end of the session, then you have no second chance, plus you have the risk of somebody spinning, somebody else making a mistake, causing a yellow flag, maybe a red flag which we even had sometimes last year. So there are pros and cons, obviously, but as I said, we had a good Q1 and Q2 especially so we were confident and both Mark and myself could save a set (of tires) so that was good.
Q: Mark, well done, second on the grid, was it a coincidence or team plan that you both decided to go out early in Q3?
Webber: Yeah, we spoke about it before the session. As Seb said, it's nice to do it earlier than later. I think even Nico ran once, a few teams ran once in Q3. It just depends where you put it. Obviously if you make a mistake, late, you can't go again. If you make a mistake earlier then you can maybe go again, so maybe other teams will look at this strategy in the future. Who knows? It's not rocket science. There are enough clever people up and down the pit lane to have a look at it. We know it's going to be a tough grand prix so everyone's... so it's a long race, we'll do our best, see what happens with the tires and go from there.
Q: A little bit of a gap between the two of you; can you explain that?
Webber: Seb did a great job today. We know he's running good pace on Saturday afternoons, so he's done a good job. Yes, I would have liked to have been a bit closer but we know these cars are very complex and you need everything right to get the laps done so in the end I was happy with what I did, the team did a great job and it's the ultimate result for the team. It would be nice to get pole but we're on the front row. Seb did a good job, deserved pole and here we go, see how we go tomorrow. It's the first lock-out we've had of the front row so we'll try and have a smooth day tomorrow and that will be nice.
Q: You talked yesterday about turn eight being challenging with these new regs. Tell us about what sort of challenges you face?
Webber: Ah, just said the tires get destroyed through there; there's a few corners on the track where the tires are having a hard time and that's normal, so it will probably be evident in the grand prix, how many stops we make, certainly more than two and less than six. Yeah, we'll have a few pit stops, I'm sure.
Q: Nico, well done to you; you said the tire situation was good yesterday, still good?
Rosberg: Well, it's going to be an issue, for everybody, for sure. It's just a matter of finding the compromise in the race, how much you can push, how much you need to save tires for the length of the stint that you have.
Q: Also, looking back to the last race as well, obviously a good performance there, but it's looked good all this weekend as well. Are you happy with third on the grid or could you have done better?
Rosberg: No, I'm happy for sure. It's really nice to see the progress that we're making, when you think where we were four races ago, and now it's huge steps, and really learning from the mistakes and the problems that we've had and really making the most of the car that we have and just extracting more and more from it. So that's really good and I think the team has been doing a great job there and that's why I'm pleased with third, but of course, we're still not where we want to be, so everybody's still going to keep on pushing.
Q: You've got two McLarens behind you and two Red Bulls ahead; is it attack or defense or both?
Rosberg: No, I'm going to have a stunning start because I'm going to be on the clean side of the grid, so I'm going to go straight past Mark and then we will see!
QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR
Q: (Frederic Ferret - L'Equipe) Nico, you're the first of the rest of the world behind the Red Bulls. Do you think you have the car to beat them tomorrow?
Rosberg: For sure they're quicker at the moment, also in the race so just take it as it comes and I think strategy-wise we are very strong. Another positive is that I have a new (set of) option left for tomorrow because I didn't use it in Q3, so that's going to help me a lot in the race, for sure, so I'm confident that we can have a really good race. How good it's going to be we shall have to wait and see.
Q: (Heikki Kulta - Turun Sanomat) Sebastian, you now have five successive poles; do you feel that you can beat Senna's record of eight successive poles?
Vettel: I think Ayrton was a master in qualifying. I don't know. I go race by race, you know. In the end, there are so many good guys and so many incredible records. I think the more you start talking about (them) the smaller your chances become, so I prefer to not to talk about it.
Q: (Andrea Cremonesi - La Gazzetta dello Sport) Sorry that my question is not one of the nicest for the two Red Bull guys but of course everybody is thinking now that you are on the first row and last year we saw some funny things between you; could you give us your thoughts now about tomorrow?
Webber: I think last year when I was in this room there was a different atmosphere, for sure. It wasn't the ideal race. There was a bit of momentum coming into that grand prix, obviously, a few different stories here and there so in the end there was contact, we had a crash. This happens in motor racing, very rarely between team-mates but it happened. I think it's a bit more straightforward these days. The racing is still intensive but the DRS and things like that make it a bit less intense in some ways. You can only do so much. I think we both learned a lot from last year, not just in that situation but in some other situations. At certain stages tomorrow, of course, if we're racing each other and we don't know, sitting here, how the race is going to unfold but there might be times when we're close to each other, and of course, we're not going to repeat what we did last year. Wisdom helps you, DRS also, and things like that. It's changed the racing a little bit, to be honest.
Q: (Joris Fioriti - AFP) Mark, you're four tenths behind Sebastian on your best lap, so was it a good lap?
Webber: Perfect. Couldn't go any quicker.
Q: (Joris Fioriti - AFP) So what can you do to beat Sebastian in qualifying ?
Webber: I think they took me seriously. The Germans did especially. I think Seb's done a great job, he does a good lap in qualifying, most of the time, we're seeing in Q3 that he's done some phenomenal laps over the years and the bar is very high, clearly. Yes, maybe he didn't do a perfect lap. All of us can find a bit of time here and there but the race is tomorrow.
Q: (Ted Kravitz - BBC Sport) For Mark and Sebastian, can you just expand on the decision not to go out for a final run. Was it discussed in the briefing before qualifying what did each of you think when you were watching the final guys setting their times?
Vettel: We made the decision on Thursday. What do you expect? Of course we talk about it before qualifying. We talk about what can happen and so on, but you never know. You go into qualifying, you don't know before, especially this morning, how quick the others will be, how much fuel they had on board, you know what you do yourself but surely we have seen in the last race and other races that this year the racing has changed and it's important to handle your tire situation. Obviously for both of us, after the first run, we had the feeling OK, we might be safe - might be - but you never know. You play that game until that day arrives when maybe you are wrong, and other people prove you wrong. In the end, you never know. If it works you are the hero, if it doesn't, then you are not.
Webber: But also, I don't know what the big deal is to be honest because it's not the first time that I've seen it this year. Nico did one run, we did one run, Heidfeld, Melbourne, I don't know, there's a few guys who have done one run, so it's not, as I said before, it's not rocket science what we did today, just did one run.
Q: (Livio Oricchio - O Estado do Sao Paulo) Nico, is the change of the exhaust system the main reason for the step forward?
Rosberg: To be honest, we haven't changed that much on the car in the last few races. We're just getting the most out of what we had, because we just went a bit wrong at the beginning of the season, and a lot of things are just coming together and making it work. That's why I'm also looking forward to what's going to come now, once we get some more upgrades and everything is looking more and more positive. There's not one reason, it's just a lot of things coming together where we weren't working the car well, and now getting the most out of it. One area is even mechanical, very simple things where we went in the wrong direction so we moved back in another direction with the springs and bars. For example, even that area definitely gave us a chunk of lap time. Confused ourselves a little bit.
Q: (Ralf Bach - Sport Bild) Nico, do you know what problems your teammate had this time?
Rosberg: I don't know. I don't know what my teammate did.
Sebastian Vettel (1st, 1:25.049): "I'm very happy. It was a bit funny in Q3 today, as both Mark and I decided we would skip the second run and so we finished earlier than normal. It was a strange feeling, as the other cars are on track setting times and you are in the garage watching - they might beat you, but you can only watch the screens and there's nothing you can do. It was an odd feeling but a good decision to save tires for tomorrow's race. I messed up the car yesterday morning, so we missed the session in the afternoon, but the guys fixed it for today and I think they did a very good job. We have been up there with the times today, although we didn't have a trouble free morning and we had a bit to catch up. I like the track here which helps and it was nice to see that, without many laps, I was able to come back and find the rhythm, so all-in-all I'm very happy today."
Mark Webber (2nd, 1:25.454): "I would have liked to have got a couple more tenths to have the margin; obviously Sebastian did a very good lap for pole, but my lap wasn't too bad. We spoke before qualifying and decided that, as tomorrow is going to be a long race, every lap you could save today might help tomorrow. It turns out that we're in the best possible grid positions and the team did a good job, as we have saved a set of tires too, so it's looking good. There were some good decisions from the team. I'm happy with today and am looking forward to tomorrow's race."
Christian Horner, Sporting Director: "A great team performance today and a fantastic come back from Sebastian after a challenging day yesterday. All the guys worked very hard to make sure the car was ready for this morning and Sebastian repaid them in the best possible way - with an excellent lap on his first run to get the pole. Mark was right up there too and we have secured the front row of the grid. We elected not to do a second run with both drivers; we knew it would be a little tight, but strategically we believe it was the right thing to do, as both drivers now have a new set of tires available for tomorrow's race."
Cyril Dumont, Renault: "A really good result today - it's nice to lock out the front row again. It was a good performance from Sebastian, and even more so when you consider his lack of running yesterday. Mark also did a good job today, so we look forward to the race tomorrow. It was pretty smooth for the engines today - so we will see in the race."
Lewis Hamilton (4th, 1:25.595): "We're starting on the dirty side of the grid - so our biggest challenge tomorrow could be getting off the line. Every year here I've started on the dirty side here! Mercedes GP and Ferrari have picked up their pace, and it might be hard to overtake the Mercedes GP because they're very fast on the straights; so if it pans out like that, the Red Bulls could edge away from us. We don't have an extra set of [unused] tires, but you never know what the weather will do tomorrow. We're definitely in the fight and I'll be pushing all the way - just as we did last year. So I'll try to get a good start tomorrow - fingers crossed we can gain some places that way. I'm looking forward to driving a strong grand prix - it's a long race here and there should be opportunities to overtake."
Jenson Button (6th, 1:25.982): "Sixth position isn't great, but we can still do well: Mark Webber had a good race from 18th in China, so we can definitely have a good race from sixth. Maybe I should have just done a single run for Q3 because my second run wasn't any faster than my first - and you tend to lose time if you push these tires too hard. But to be honest I couldn't get a really good balance in qualifying. It's difficult to know people's overall pace from Friday running because the changeable weather has mixed everything up. I'd hoped for more but we'll see what happens. It's a pity that I'm on the dirty side of the track - it might cause a few problems with the getaway into Turn One tomorrow - but we're competitive. We'll be in the running tomorrow."
Martin Whitmarsh, Team Principal: "Only six cars managed to beat the 1m26s barrier in Q3 here at Istanbul Park today, and I'm glad to say that Lewis and Jenson were both among that sextet. It's very tight, very competitive, at the sharp end of the grid this year - and it's worth noting that, had Lewis managed to string together his three best sector times in a single lap, he'd have been second-quickest. As things turned out, he was fourth-quickest, and Jenson was sixth-quickest, but they're both fantastic racers and they'll approach tomorrow's race with all the controlled aggression that we've come to expect from them over the years."
Fernando Alonso (5th, 1:25.851): "Fifth place is not the sort of result one can be pleased about, but today I am happy because I felt the car was more competitive than it has been in the first three qualifying sessions of the season. Getting into Q2 without using the soft tires is significant. We have made a small step forward in terms of performance: it's not yet enough and we quickly need to make a bigger one, but it's definitely a confidence boost for the whole team, who are working in the right direction. I would say that this the first sign of light at the end of the tunnel in this early part of the season. Fifth place also means I avoid the dirty side of the track, which is usually a big handicap here. It's hard to say what will be the best strategy for tomorrow, because we don't know how the tires will behave: we will have to be ready for any eventuality and be very flexible. Finally, I want to take the opportunity to express my great sadness at the death of a great personality in Spanish sport, Severiano Ballesteros, who put Spain on the golfing map: I offer all my sympathies to those close to him at this painful time."
Felipe Massa (10th, No Time): "It was not a good qualifying for me: I did not manage to get a clean lap in Q3 after I made a significant mistake at Turn 9, when I ended up going off line: we therefore decided it was better to pit and save that set of tires for the start. In Q1, with the hards, I did not get a great lap and so as not to take any risks, we decided to also use the softs, so I only had one new set available for the final part of qualifying. Now we will see what we can do in the race tomorrow: usually our pace is better than in qualifying, but it will not be easy to do well, given that I'm starting from tenth. We will see what the tire degradation will be like, maybe it will be a bit higher than what we saw in China. A shame, as I could have been on the third row, along with my team-mate. This morning, in FP3, the engineers saw an engine parameter that they were not sure about and so it was decided to change it at the end of the session. So I went back to the engine I had already used in Malaysia and China, which according to the schedule is still meant to do three races."
Stefano Domenicali, Team Principal: "It seems that Fernando has bought himself a subscription to fifth place on the starting grid, given that once again this season that's where he starts from. The Spaniard drove a very positive qualifying and put up a spirited fight against very strong opponents. Felipe managed to get through to the final part of the session, but he did not look like setting a competitive time so he chose to pit immediately so as to spare the tires for the start. Clearly this is not the sort of result we were looking for, but it is equally evident that all the work undertaken in these last few weeks is beginning to deliver some signs of progress. It's not yet enough, we are well aware of that, but we are moving in the right direction. Now we must concentrate on tomorrow's race, which will be very long and tough, both for the cars and for the tires. The number one priority, as always in fact, will be reliability. As for the strategy, we have seen in this early part of the season that there is a great degree of unpredictability about it, so we will have to keep our eyes wide open and a cool head, ready to pounce on any and every opportunity."
Pat Fry: "First and foremost, I want to congratulate the whole team who have worked so well between the end of this morning's free practice and the start of qualifying: in less than two hours, they changed the engine on one car and fixed a problem on the other one which also involved splitting the rear end of the car from the chassis. It's hard to regard the outcome of qualifying as positive however when we are eight tenths off pole position, but at least we can say we have made progress since the last race. We must push to the maximum on the car development front, because we are in a hurry to make up the performance deficit so that we can fight for the top places in qualifying. Tomorrow, we will see a lot of stops to change tires during the race: just how many will depend on what's referred to as the drop-off in tire behavior. The pit stop boys will definitely have their work cut out!"
Nico Rosberg (3rd, 1:25.574): "I'm very happy with our performance in qualifying and it's amazing to see where we are right now. After a difficult start to the season, we are getting closer to the front and I'm pleased that we are making a small step forward each weekend: thank you to the team for a great job so far. We saved one set of new soft tires for the race, which will be important in terms of strategy. I'm really looking forward to the race."
Michael Schumacher (8th, 1:26.646): "Understandably I am not happy at all with today's qualifying. It was just strange, it seemed that the more I pushed on my last lap, the more went wrong. I was at the limit of what I had in my hand but the car was just sliding around and therefore I never got into my rhythm. It's a real shame after this morning's promising session."
Ross Brawn, Team Principal: "We're pleased with the steady progress that we've made over the last couple of races. At the start of the season, we said that the car had more potential then we were extracting from it, and that's now being proven true. There haven't been any dramatic changes; the team and drivers have just kept their calm, and worked hard to get our package sorted. I'm now hoping we can have a good race tomorrow."
Norbert Haug, Mercedes Motorsport Director: "It was a great lap from Nico and everybody in the team has done a very good job to improve the car consistently over the last two Grands Prix. Third place behind Sebastian and Mark is a good result for us and our guys have worked extremely hard. Michael did not get the perfect lap in Q3, after being second fastest during the morning session, but with a good start from his place on the fourth row, he can improve in the race."
Vitaly Petrov (7th, 1:26.296): "I'm not fully satisfied with where I qualified today because we're capable of finishing even higher than seventh on the grid. However, for both of us to secure top 10 positions should be seen as a positive thing and it is good that we don't have any mechanical problems. We can still continue to work and push hard to make sure we can be fighting closer to the front of the grid tomorrow."
Nick Heidfeld (9th, 1:26.659): "It's not too bad to be in P9 - I struggled earlier in the day and in Q2 I found the balance and grip from the tires that I was looking for. It could have been even better as I had some understeer problems with the front tires but it was ok. I feel more confident going into tomorrow, we know that with the DRS we can overtake better, we've seen that already so we can finish higher than our grid position. Usually the car is better on race pace, and we know we can get good starts so gain some strong positions."
James Allison, Technical Director: "I think both drivers did a good job in bullying their cars as far up the grid as possible today. I'm pleased; it's a starting point that should allow us to have a good race tomorrow. Tomorrow's going to be a very busy race. We've seen some races with two stops, other which are borderline three. I think tomorrow will be busier than that - you only have to look at the attempts made by all the teams to conserve race tires during qualifying to see this. Both drivers start on the clean side of the grid and with a good getaway we hope we can take the race to some of the cars ahead of us. Yesterday the challenge was to squeeze our race preparation into a single session as a result of rain in the first session. Today the challenge has been to negotiate our way into an increasingly competitive Q3 session before bullying our way as far up the grid as possible while keeping the tires in good shape for the race. I think both drivers and car crews did a good job in achieving that today."
Rubens Barrichello (11th, 1:26.765): "After all the work we have done this weekend at the factory and trackside, I have to always put a great lap together in qualifying and I'm very happy with my last lap. Unfortunately though, we just ended up outside the top ten, which is not that penalizing with the tire situation. We also weren't running the new rear wing which was one of our upgrades for this race so it was a good qualifying session for us to finish 11th despite that."
Pastor Maldonado (14th, 1:27.236): "That's the happiest I've felt after a qualifying session this season. The new parts the team have worked really hard to deliver to this race have definitely improved the car. It feels quicker and easier to drive so our efforts have paid off. Because of a problem, I haven't run KERS all weekend. If it was working in qualifying, we would have been three tenths quicker. Anyway, we need to focus on tomorrow now. It will be a difficult race and will probably be very tight, but I am confident that we can get a good result."
Sam Michael, Technical Director: "We're heading in the right direction, thanks to a lot of hard work in the factory. Rubens starts the race in P11, and with new tires, and Pastor in P14. The day wasn't without issue, however, as we had to revert to the standard rear wing on both cars after signs of aerodynamic separation on the new version in practice. That cost us some top speed. In addition, Pastor's KERS wasn't working, which lost him a couple of places on the grid. These are not excuses but rather that with these issues resolved, we have cause for optimism. Our target now is to get both cars in the points."
Adrian Sutil (12th, 1:27.027): "It was quite a straightforward session for me with no major issues. I think we used the tires well, there were no problems with traffic and it was a great team effort. But we should remember that the races so far this year have shown that qualifying is not as important as it used to be and it's more important to have a good car for the race. I'm pretty happy with my set-up for tomorrow and feel more comfortable with the car than I did at the last race. In terms of the tires, the hard seemed to perform very well yesterday, but the softs are looking good in the higher temperatures so it will be interesting to see how that develops in the race."
Paul di Resta (13th, 1:27.145): "I think it was another great team performance today and we are roughly where we expected to be. There were no problems in Q1, and in Q2 I only did one run because we thought it would optimize our race strategy and save a set of tires. I'm happy with my set-up for the race and I think we've sacrificed a bit more today to have a better car tomorrow. Hopefully that will put us in a reasonable position to fight the cars ahead of us and pick up some more points."
Robert Fernley, Deputy Team Principal: "A pretty good day overall. Starting in P12 and P13 puts us in a great position to race strongly and hopefully challenge for more points. It was a shame that we just missed out on getting ahead of Barrichello, but ultimately Williams were just a little quicker today. For the race I think we can expect more of what we saw in China with lots of action throughout the field. It will be interesting to see how the tires hold up, especially with the demands of turn eight, and we know there are some good overtaking opportunities in the lap which should make for some exciting racing."
Sergio Perez (15th, 1:27.244): "Of course I'm disappointed about today's qualifying result. In Q1 my lap time with the harder tire compound was okay, but then in Q2 the run on the softer compound was not good. Generally we did some changes after Friday's practice sessions. It was quite difficult to do the set-up because of the changing weather conditions. Some changes were in the right direction and others were not. However, my car was ok in qualifying. It will not be an easy race for us but I still hope to manage to score a point tomorrow."
Kamui Kobayashi (24th, No Time): "I went out to do a first run right when Q1 started because I wanted to check another set up option. But then on the middle of the back straight the engine suddenly stopped. It was a problem with the fuel system. I hoped to make it back into the garage but I stopped before the pit lane entrance. Anyway, for me the session would have been over even if I had make it into the garage because it takes a lot of time to change the fuel system. I have to accept that it was bad luck for me and I want to do a good race tomorrow. Although I like overtaking a lot, I must admit there are an awful lot of cars between me and the first point."
Peter Sauber, Team Principal: "A problem in the fuel system hindered Kamui from setting a lap time in Q1. That was it for him. The result of Sergio was disappointing for me. Based on his competitive lap time in the first part of qualifying on the hard compound we expected him to make it into Q3, however, for some reason he was not able to extract the maximum from the soft tires. We calculated a difference of app. one second, but this was finally not the case."
James Key, Technical Director: "In the morning we carried on with the work from yesterday with some set-up changes to the cars and working still on some mechanical parts. Sergio was quite happy. We had a little bit of work to do with bouncing the car. Sergio didn't quite get the most out of his run on the soft tires in the morning. Kamui wasn't particularly happy. It seemed that the consistency of the car was a bit tricky for him. Missing the soft tire round yesterday didn't quite help. For qualifying we changed Kamui's set to where he was the night before. We sent him out early to check the car, but then he had a sudden drop in fuel pressure. It looks to be fuel problem on the high pressure side which we need to investigate because it's something we haven't seen before. That was a shame for Kamui. That presents him with a big challenge for tomorrow, but he's a fighter and he as a lot of new tires. There are still opportunities in the race. Sergio's Q1 lap was on prime tires and was pretty competitive. In Q2 he used two sets of option tires but he didn't find the benefit that we needed to go through to Q3. We just found half a second of the one second plus we expected. This we need to understand. Overall a disappointing qualifying, and we need to work hard to head towards the top then as best we can."
Sebastien Buemi (16th, 1:27.255): "It's a bit hard to understand why we are so far off. I would say that this morning, the track was quicker for us and I am not sure why I could not do the same lap time this afternoon as I managed in the morning. Maybe it's down to the drastic increase in temperature that we seem to have lost some grip. Overall, I am therefore disappointed with this qualifying session as I feel we could have done better and maybe been higher up on the grid, as one tenth of a second would have made a big difference. Let's see what happens tomorrow, when apparently there is a chance it might rain and that could change everything."
Jaime Alguersuari (17th, 1:27.572): "All things considered, this is not such a bad result as at least we have saved a set of new tires for the race which is a positive point. Maybe we could have improved the balance of the car on another set, as it changed a lot from this morning to the afternoon, which was down to the change in temperature and track condition. I did not do so much running in the morning which obviously did not help. But I must be positive and am looking forward to having a good race tomorrow as we have enough tires to do well, so let's see what happens."
Giorgio Ascanelli, Technical Director: "I am not surprised at this result: the gaps have got smaller between the teams in our part of the pack. However, I do not understand yet why we did not improve our times from this morning, although one can assume that the increased temperature has changed the balance of the cars. Jaime has had a difficult time so far here and we had to change his set-up dramatically from yesterday to today, when he improved a little but not enough and he lost time with his spin. Sebastien looked a bit better this morning, but there was already a hint that Williams had made some more progress. We came here with a few new parts, but it has not been enough. In Q2, we did not want to put all our eggs in one basket, so while Seb tried a second run to see if he could improve his performance, with Jaime we opted to save a fresh set of tires for tomorrow's race. As things turned out, it seems Jaime has come off best in that particular decision."
Heikki Kovalainen (18th, 1:28.780): "I'm happy with that. We only have to find a little bit more to join the fight in Q2 but today we had a good strategy and got everything that we could from the tires. I'm pleased with my own performance - the quick lap was right on the money with no mistakes so it's a good feeling to keep edging closer. We're all looking forward to the Barcelona upgrade package where hopefully that will deliver a greater performance gain compared to what the opposition will bring but we're nearly there so for now it's just about keeping up the effort and putting in another strong performance tomorrow."
Jarno Trulli (19th, 1:29.673): "I'm pretty much satisfied with my run today. Unfortunately I had a DRS issue which obviously costs a lot of time on a circuit like this but I think that all round we did as good a job as we could today. Our race pace definitely gives us a chance to fight with the cars ahead so hopefully we can sort out the DRS issue and replicate what we did in the race in China."
Riad Asmat, Chief Executive Officer: "We keep edging ever closer. Half a second now from Q2 is another improvement and I think it's a measure of our ongoing development that we keep pushing the teams ahead. We're still 18 months old and the fact we have, relatively, made the biggest performance gains of any of the teams this season is a sign of the fact we are now an established team ourselves and will keep progressing to make good on that title as the season progresses."
Mike Gascoyne, Technical Director: "I think we can be reasonably happy with qualifying and both drivers got the most they could out of the car. Unfortunately we went into qualifying knowing that we had a problem with the DRS on Jarno's car and that costs quite a lot of time around Istanbul Park which explains his final position. However, we know that we are kinder on the tires in the race than the cars in front of us so I think we can have a very competitive Sunday and take the fight to the cars in front."
Thierry Salvi, Renault: "It was quite a good day when you look at the result, especially for the engine because the weather yesterday had limited our running. This morning we worked on the drivability characteristics of the engine and have had some very good feedback from the drivers on that, so that's another step forward. Cooling-wise, the car was okay because it was colder today than the usual ambient conditions in Turkey, so the engines ran well in the qualifying session."
Vitantonio Liuzzi (21st, 1:30.692): "We were motivated coming into this weekend with the upgrades and we're pushing for more in the future. We're all pushing every race and every hour back in the factory so this result is important as it is a reward for that work and confirms that the gap is closing with the rest. We're nearly ahead of both Virgins which is our aim, they're pushing as well so it won't be easy. But we're closing the gap with the leaders, which is very important for us. I struggled a bit at the beginning with the first set of tires but the second set had a really good performance, the car reacted very well. We had a few problems in the morning, we were a bit worried we didn't have the right balance for qualifying but in the end it all went well. 21st position is a great result for tomorrow where we will try to finish ahead of both Virgins which is our target. It is important to keep in this line."
Narain Karthikeyan (23rd, 1:31.564): "I should've done better today considering that my team mate did quite a good lap. My first set of tires was alright but with the second set I couldn't feel any grip, the car was sliding all over the place so we must try and find out what went wrong. It's my third race back in Formula 1 and Turkey is not an easy track, there are a lot of bumps and it's quite technical. So the longer I spend in the car the more comfortable I will get. The car is improving a lot, reliability is good so once again my aim for tomorrow is to try and finish the race."
Colin Kolles, Team Principal: "Qualifying was not bad today, as predicted yesterday we made a step forward. We were ahead of one Virgin car and very close to the other one, it would've been possible for Tonio to be ahead but nevertheless we're very happy to be close to our main competitors and also to the top, being 3.6 seconds off the quickest time in Q1 is very positive. Tomorrow we're hoping for a nice race in which we can fight with others to finish in a good position."
Jerome d'Ambrosio (20th, 1:30.445): "Another good day for me although we had hoped for something a bit better in terms of performance. But that's where we are at present with the new package. We need to keep our heads down and keep pushing forward, keep improving and fine-tuning it to the track. In terms of my own performance I'm happy because I maintained the level I was at in Shanghai, which shows I have learned a lot and also applied what I've learned. But it's a long road for me, I still need to understand why sometimes things go well and sometimes they don't, so I will continue to keep working hard and keep a cool head."
Timo Glock (22nd, 1:30.813): "Not a perfect qualifying for me for sure. I suffered some engine hesitations in turns 12-14, which we will address for tomorrow, but otherwise from my side it was okay. For some reason though, I wasn't able to get the same from the car as Jerome today, so we'll have to look at the data and see if there is something we did wrong, maybe between Free Practice 3 and Qualifying, but there wasn't so much to change so right now I can't say. I have to focus on tomorrow now when we hope for better things and to bring both cars to the finish."
John Booth, Team Principal: "Jerome continues to impress with his rapid development and again achieved two clean Qualifying laps, finding time on his second lap in run one and again in his second run. Overall a 'grade A' performance with no faults. We are however disappointed that he will have to start the race from the back of the grid as a result of a yellow flag infringement yesterday, for which we the team must also take some responsibility. Having said that he faces a real 'racer's race' tomorrow to recover and based on what we have seen so far I have no doubt that he will be exciting to watch. Overnight we made a big change to Timo's car to remove the exhaust and floor elements of the new upgrade. Although there were clear signs that the downforce levels at the rear of the car had improved with it, yesterday we experienced a number of teething problems, especially with heat management, and it was clear that continuing to run it wouldn't be an option for Qualifying and the race. Unfortunately this is just a natural consequence of not being able to test developments prior to bring to bringing them into the field. It is also clear that there is a big difference between the way the car is balanced for the old package versus the new upgrades and I think this goes some way towards explaining why Timo struggled a little in Qualifying. FP3 is always a tough session to get the car balanced before Qualifying. Timo's car is also using the tires slightly more aggressively than Jerome and his second laps didn't yield an improvement when it looked like this lap had the best potential. He faces a tough race tomorrow as well but we have shown ourselves to be stronger in the race and I'm hopeful that we can use a better race pace and the kind of drive he demonstrated towards the end of the last race in particular to turn things to our advantage."
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