Sat: Renault, Sauber, Manor

Date published: May 14 2016 - Editor

Renault failed to shine in Saturday's qualifying in Spain and as such will line up near the back of the grid along with Sauber and Manor…

Renault:
Kevin Magnussen:
I think we got everything out of the car, and we did a good job as a team to maximise our potential. I think fifteenth is absolutely the best that we could do today. Looking at it like that, it’s been a good day but I’m certainly looking forward to improving over the coming races. For tomorrow, we have to be ready for any opportunities that present themselves. I’m aiming to stay out of trouble and gain all the positions available.”

Jolyon Palmer: “It was disappointing to be so close to getting into Q2 but just being pipped at the final moment. The car’s clearly improved and felt good, I felt happy with my lap from behind the wheel but we were not quite where we needed to be come the end of the session. There’s a little bit more time in the car; let’s try to make some places in the race tomorrow.”

Sauber:
Marcus Ericsson:
“It’s been a tough weekend for me. I have been struggling with the balance of the car since the first practice session. We have been working really hard to get a better balance for the car, and I felt we took steps in the right direction. Now in qualifying I felt more comfortable in the car, and I am satisfied with my driving. I think the result is the maximum considering our car’s current package. Unfortunately, it is not better than 19th position. I hope we can be stronger in the future.”

Felipe Nasr: “It was not an easy qualifying for us. We were expecting to face some difficulties here. But overall we did a good job with regard to the set-up of the car, especially when it comes to race preparation. In qualifying I managed to have a good lap on the first set of soft tyres. During the second run I struggled with some oversteer, so I could not improve my time. I think the results are the best we could have achieved today, as the other teams are further ahead of us. It is a long race tomorrow; a lot can happen, especially with regards to the tyre degradation.”

Manor:
Pascal Wehrlein:
“I think our qualifying performance was the maximum for us today. Our new developments are working well but even so we knew this track would not be our strongest because you really need a lot of downforce here and that’s an area where we still need to keep making improvements. Also it appears that we haven’t solved our degradation problems fully. I think this is where we are at this event but there will be some better tracks coming soon for us.”
Rio Haryanto: “I’m disappointed today as we pushed really hard in practice and qualifying. We’ve definitely seen some improvements with the new parts we have for this race but not enough to get ahead of the teams we’re competing against at this particular circuit. Still, I’m very focused on tomorrow and after the frustration of Russia I’m looking forward to actually racing, then I hope we can have a stronger day.”