Kevin Magnussen admitted that the drivers were “nervous” about starting the Russian Grand Prix on the hypersoft tyres.
In Singapore, last time out, the hypersoft runners struggled in the opening stint, and only one of the four midfield runners to start on that tyre scored points.
“Most people are a bit nervous about that, hopefully it will be the same for everyone,” Magnussen said after qualifying.
“It is a great day for the team, both cars in the top 10 so a good chance of scoring points tomorrow.
“We need to have a bit better pace tomorrow if we want to be competitive, the track is usually better in the race so the tyres are easier to make last.”
Despite the worries about the hypersofts, the Dane said that he was pleased with his P5 qualifying position.
“Very happy with qualifying. P5 is very good for us,” the Haas man added.
“We are in a strong position, it is strange being in the best of the rest.
“You don’t want to get involved with the guys in front as that can mess up your own race. Hopefully I will have a clean track.”