Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz was left disappointed after he hit the wall during Q2, especially since he was booking in some impressive pace.
Daniil Kvyat: "I don't think it was a bad qualifying session, but it's just a shame that we didn't find those extra couple of tenths that would've allowed us to get into Q3… This is the only frustrating part, as if we had been able to make our tyres work better I think we could've achieved it – I just don't think we maximised our potential today. A P13 isn't the best result we could've achieved, so we need to look into this now. At least qualifying was a clean session from my side, something which I needed, as up until this session I hadn't felt totally comfortable in the car. Tomorrow we will start from even further behind as I have a three-position grid penalty from Monaco, but in the race anything can happen and we just need to keep our head down and take any opportunity that comes up. The car feels pretty decent and this gives me confidence to keep pushing. We just need to make sure we are proactive, as it will be a very open race strategy wise."
Carlos Sainz: "What a shame. It had been a good weekend up until the first run of Q2, when I made a bit of a misjudgment and crashed at the Wall of Champions. It was a small mistake, but we all know that here in Canada a very little error can end your session… The walls here are all so close! I've slightly touched this same wall a couple of times over the weekend, but in today's Quali I did it in a different way, just a bit harder. I knew that the fight to get into Q3 was going to be tough so I pushed that extra bit more and maybe this is the reason for this mistake. Fortunately though, we are looking strong and the points are won tomorrow, so we will make sure we fight for another top ten finish in the race."
Jolyon Palmer: "I'm happy with the lap I did and the car's much more to my liking today. It was unfortunate that the track was getting slippery as I had another lap of fuel left in the car. It was so close out there; 0.015secs is absolutely nothing! The good thing is the car is still improving and my set-up was night and day from yesterday. There are no zebra crossings here so I'm really looking forward to seeing what's possible in the race."
Kevin Magnussen: "What can you say? Obviously I wanted to be driving rather than watching qualifying. The damp conditions caught me out in the morning and the walls are pretty unforgiving as we saw. I feel for my crew as they have a lot of work to do. I'll be doing everything I can to make amends in the race tomorrow."
Pascal Wehrlein: "I'm very happy with my qualifying; I was very close to Q2 and we're ahead of the Saubers, who are our main competitors at the moment. We knew we could be competitive against them here, because of the long straights where you need more power. But you also need good braking and good traction, and we seem to have all that, which is positive for us. On the first set of tyres the track was completely fine but then it started to rain halfway through and the track became more slippery, so we couldn't improve. I'd say we exceeded expectations a little here today, so I hope we can do the same in the race tomorrow."
Rio Haryanto: "Today was very disappointing for me. The pace wasn't great and there was some spots of rain when I went out on the second set of tyres, so I lost control in turn 4 and hit the wall on the outside. I think looking at Pascal, we can see that the car is competitive and the pace is there; I just didn't get the chance to show that myself. Tomorrow it seems like it will be wet, so I will try to do my best during the race.".
Marcus Ericsson: "It was a tough qualifying. My first run was ok. For the second run we went out a bit later than the other teams. When I was out on track, the rain started to fall a bit more towards the end of the lap, so it was more and more slippery. It was not the easiest session. Regarding tomorrow, I think the unstable weather conditions could mix things up during the race. As we start from the back of the field, that could give us some chances."
Felipe Nasr: "It was a tricky qualifying. In general I struggled a lot with the grip, even compared to the FP3 morning session. I never managed to get everything together in qualifying. I think I went out a bit later than the others. In the end I was not able to improve on the second run on fresh tyres due to the light rain. For the race, I believe the weather will play a huge role. We have to remain positive for tomorrow and see what opportunities might come up for us."