Lotus Renault press release
It DIDN’T GO QUITE TO PLAN
Bruno, P15 wasn’t what you wanted from qualifying today?
BS: It’s been a bit of a tough weekend so far and today didn’t go quite to plan. It’s my first below par qualifying performance of the year and I hope it’s the last! These things happen – sometimes you just don’t get everything you need out of the car at the vital time. Vitaly did a great job so we’ve seen that the car is consistent and has great potential for the race.
So what went wrong?
BS: The car was fine, I probably didn’t have sufficient mileage to have the confidence to push fully when it mattered on my qualifying run. I’m just off Vitaly’s time in a few corners and that’s all it takes to make the difference between Q2 and Q3. Tomorrow should be a better day.
How does it feel to miss out on a top ten position?
BS: It’s a bit frustrating not to get into the top ten, but as I said that’s my first bad qualifying result of the year so I just have to look to the race tomorrow and try to do the best job I possible.
What do you think is possible from the race tomorrow?
BS: I believe we have a good race car; my high fuel run earlier today was not bad. It could be an interesting race for us, especially with the tyre degradation so I hope that we make good strategy calls with the tyres.
There has been a lot of talk about tyre degradation – what could happen in the race?
BS: There’s big circuit evolution so we’ll have to see how the track changes tomorrow but I think that the front tyres in particular are suffering and there has also been blistering on the rears so it will be interesting to see who manages this the best.