Sat: Toro Rosso, Renault, Sauber

Date published: July 2 2016

Neither Toro Rosso driver reached the chequered flag in Q1 for the Austrian GP while Renault and Sauber were slowest of all…

Toro Rosso:
Carlos Sainz Jr: "Definitely not a good Saturday for me today. We faced an electrical issue in this morning's FP3 and we decided to change the engine for precautionary reasons ahead of this afternoon's qualifying. Unfortunately I was only able to do 10 laps before having to stop… For sure we could've qualified higher today and I'm disappointed with the result. You certainly never want to qualify so far back, but now we just need to think of a good strategy for tomorrow and push for a strong comeback. I will give it my all to finish in the points!"

Daniil Kvyat: "Not the qualifying we wanted. It's a real pity! During Q1 I went on the outside kerb at turn 8 and the right suspension failed.  The crash was unavoidable, but fortunately I'm okay. It's being a tough weekend so far and we have a lot of things to analyse, but I'm sure that, with hard work, we can get on top of things by tomorrow. In the race anything can happen and we will fight hard to achieve the best possible result."

Renault:
Kevin Magnussen: “There was a little bit more time in the car as I made a mistake in the last corner on my fastest lap but, generally, this is about where we are for qualifying. We’re working to improve that but for now, we did what we could. Tomorrow, I have a feeling we will be a little bit closer, and hopefully something out of the norm will happen like rain or a safety car at the right time and we will be ready to maximise the opportunity if it comes. So fingers crossed!”

Jolyon Palmer: “There was a little bit more time in the car as I made a mistake in the last corner on my fastest lap but, generally, this is about where we are for qualifying. We’re working to improve that but for now, we did what we could. Tomorrow, I have a feeling we will be a little bit closer, and hopefully something out of the norm will happen like rain or a safety car at the right time and we will be ready to maximise the opportunity if it comes. So fingers crossed!”

Sauber:
Marcus Ericsson:
“It was a tough qualifying for us. It didn’t start too badly for me, as I had a good feeling on my first set of ultrasoft tyres and managed to set a decent lap time. My first lap on the second set of ultrasoft tyres was not ideal and on my second try the red flag came out. At the end of Q1 I got the chance to do another lap, but then yellow flags were waived, so I could not finish this run properly. Overall, a bit unfortunate. For tomorrow it will be difficult, but we need to stay focused and try to fight back.”

Felipe Nasr: “It was a difficult qualifying. The ultrasoft tyres did not work out as expected. I was struggling with the grip during a whole lap. I went out on the supersoft tyres at the end of Q1, and I was quicker on the harder compound. We have to understand why that was the case. Tomorrow is another day. Starting from the back of the field we have to try something different. It will be a tough race, but the weather can also come into play if it rains.”