Belgium

Last Race: 24th Aug Belgium

Belgium GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Daniel Ricciardo
2 Nico Rosberg
3 Valtteri Bottas

Sat: Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari, Merc

Saturday 27th August 2011

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Sat: Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari, Merc

Sat: Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari, Merc

Sebastian Vettel claimed pole position in Belgium ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber...

Red Bull:
Sebastian Vettel: "It was difficult in Q1 and Q2, although at the end of Q3 the circuit was drying very quickly. I didn't feel comfortable at the beginning of qualifying, but for Q2 I think we made a big step forward and I rediscovered Spa in a way! In the last session, I used the first two laps of Q3 to get temperature into the tyres and then for the last two I tried to push as hard as I could. I think tomorrow it will be one of those races where anything can happen. I think the best way to get a forecast here is to look up into the sky and see what's happening. It's likely to be dry tomorrow and the balance felt good at the end of Q3 when it was dry. It's a long race tomorrow, but I'm looking forward to it."

Mark Webber: "It was a close session today; I think I went a bit too hard on the slicks initially in Q3. I felt comfortable, and you never know if the lap you're on is the one before the weather changes. There were sprinklings of rain here and there and as soon as we finished Q3 it began to rain again, so I probably could have built up a bit slower and had a better run into the third and fourth lap. But, that's how it goes and we have had a smooth weekend. It's very easy in these conditions to end up out of position and we're in position, it would have been nicer to have been a slightly higher up, but the guys in front did a good job and we're in the hunt tomorrow."

McLaren:
Lewis Hamilton: "It was an incredibly eventful hour: it's hard work trying to determine exactly what's happening with the weather and what tyres are needed, then finding the gap and getting a good lap under your belt. One of the biggest worries is that the track is drying all the time, so you're always pushing to find the grip; but you also have to be mindful that you can come around on the next lap to find that it's raining again, which can catch you out. That's why it's such an amazing and unpredictable venue. At the end of Q2, I came across the two Williams cars going quite slowly. I was able to get past Pastor [Maldonado] at the final corner, but I lost a little time in so doing. At the exit of Turn One, once we'd taken the chequered flag, we made contact; but fortunately I got back to the pits and the guys were able to change the front wing and patch up my sidepod. As ever, they did a great job to get me out again for Q3. The fortunate thing is that we were therefore able to complete the final session. Most importantly, too, we're in a great position to fight for the race win tomorrow."

Jenson Button: "Failing to get into Q3 was a misunderstanding between the team and me. I'd just done a fast lap, and was cooling the tyres, not knowing that there wasn't any more time left in the session. If I'd known, obviously I wouldn't have slowed down on my final lap. Obviously, with the track getting drier with every lap, it was vital to be going quickly until the end of the session. I think I was second- or third-quickest when I did my lap; it's just a pity I that didn't get a chance to put in another lap. It's very disappointing. Obviously, in Q1, I was a second quicker than everyone. Our car is clearly one of the quickest around here, and it's going to be tough starting back in 13th. But I've just got to deal with it now. I think I'll just have a cup of tea and move on from it."

Ferrari:
Felipe Massa: "At the start of the session, when the rain came down, if I had been offered a fourth place, I would have signed for it on the spot. My result isn't bad, even if the cars ahead of me have shown a much quicker pace. However, it's true that conditions in Q3 were the worst possible for us: we could not get the best grip level right from the start, because we struggled a lot to get the tyres up to temperature. I think that tomorrow, if we have a dry track, we could be more competitive and I hope to be fighting with the drivers who are ahead of me today. It's difficult to make predictions, because we don't have much data on tyre degradation, but I think we will see two or three stops. Starting from the dirty side of the track again? True, but it's not as much of a disadvantage here as it was in Budapest and so I think I can have a normal start."

Fernando Alonso: "Eighth is definitely not a good result, but we have to accept it and try to make up for this bad qualifying in tomorrow's race. I am confident because I know the car's true potential is definitely better than this position. We did a good job of managing Q1 and Q2, even if the red flag in the second part put us under a bit of pressure because there were only seven minutes left and at that time I was not through to Q3. In the dry I don't think I could have fought for pole position, but I could have been at least on the front two rows. Unfortunately, I hardly ever managed to get a clean lap because on both my second and third laps I found Perez ahead of me and on the last one I had to slow at the entrance to the chicane to let Webber pass, otherwise I might have been penalised. That's how it was, but definitely there is a sense of regret, as I could have got a better place. No one is really sure what the relative strengths are down the field: all weekend long we have seen very big gaps of seconds not tenths, depending on when the cars were out on track and also, we don't have an idea about tyre degradation. We will see what happens: I am voting for a dry race and we will do all we can to get on the podium."

Mercedes GP:Nico Rosberg: "It was a typical Spa day today, and a difficult situation out there with the conditions changing all the time. Wet, intermediates and dry tyres; we had everything today but we made the most out of it. Two cars from the top three teams are starting behind me which is nice to see. The team really got it right with the strategy, and everything that we did worked out well today. I'm confident for a good result tomorrow as we set the car up with the race conditions in mind, and the car has also been working well in all conditions


Michael Schumacher: "Well, obviously I would have wished for a different end to today's qualifying, but it is difficult to drive on three wheels - even if I should have the experience to do so in Spa. Seriously, this is certainly something that should not occur, but then this is also Formula One; we are working at the highest level but still things can happen. At first, I wasn't sure what had happened, as I just felt myself lose the back end suddenly which is why I instantly apologised to the team. But then I saw the wheel off the car and understood the reason why I had lost control. Trying to find the good in the bad, I'd probably say that I still have some fresh sets of tyres left, and that there is only one direction to go tomorrow: forward."

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