Toro Rosso and Williams unable to break into the top-ten in qualifying for the British GP with Sauber slowest of all.
Daniil Kvyat: “I didn’t feel completely confident with the car in this morning’s FP3, but I gained it back in qualifying as the car felt better. With today’s tricky conditions, I’d say a P12 was the best we could do – there was maybe one or two tenths on the table but, in these conditions, you’re just a bit more careful as the track is drying and you’re not sure exactly where to put your wheels. For tomorrow, if the conditions are the same as today’s, it will all be about being in the right place at the right time and hopefully we can move up the grid and into the points.”
Carlos Sainz Jr: “How annoying… Unfortunately, we suffered a suspension failure in Q2 which meant I couldn’t get back out on track until the very final minutes of the session – I’d like to thank the mechanics for being so fast in getting the car out again! I managed to do a couple of laps, but the system was still not working as it should’ve, the car was behaving poorly, bouncing around a lot and I had no grip at the rear… So I wasn’t able to do any representative laps in Q2 really. It’s a shame, because we had a very good Q1 and managed to get into the top ten on the intermediate tyres. With these tricky conditions, it’s difficult to say what to expect for tomorrow, but it will for sure be exciting – we have a good opportunity if the weather stays like this, as it opens up strategy options and opportunities and I look forward to a good race!”
Felipe Massa: “I’m very disappointed with qualifying today. When you’re fighting for the top 10 in every session and then you get to qualifying and you finish 15th, it’s disappointing. I don’t know if it would have been enough to get me through to Q3, but I had a lot of traffic on my last set of tyres. We were quite tight with the time and I had to do an entire lap in the tow of a Toro Rosso. Without that traffic I could have done a clean lap at the best possible time in qualifying. I am disappointed but we’ll fight again tomorrow.”
Lance Stroll: “That was my first time in a Formula One car in the wet, and it was a really funny session with rain, drying conditions and intermediates. It was drying at the end and we had some graining on the tyres, so we couldn’t really go quicker. We got bumped by guys who put on slicks in the end and went quicker. I don’t really count that as a normal qualifying where our pace is where we should be. It’s just disappointing. We only just missed out on Q2. We will see tomorrow what it will be like as the car is good in the dry.”
Pascal Wehrlein: “The weather conditions definitely played a big part in how the day panned out. It was predominantly dry in the morning, and then started to rain lightly just before qualifying. Driving on intermediate tyres was good for the first few laps, but it became more and more difficult to improve the laptime as the track started to dry. In retrospect, it is a pity that we didn’t have enough time left in the session to switch to supersoft tyres. We may have even had a chance to make it to Q2 then. It certainly remains interesting, and I am looking forward to tomorrow.”
Marcus Ericsson: “It was a challenging qualifying due to the damp conditions. The first laps were looking good, but at the end of Q1 I had difficulties with the tyres overheating. I could not really improve on that set of tyres to make it into Q2. However, we made some progress in FP3 and closed the gap to our direct competitors. If we have similar race conditions as we did today in qualifying, we could have an interesting Grand Prix.”