German GP: Renault Saturday qualifying notes

The Mild Seven Renault F1 Team will start tomorrow's German Grand Prix from the third row of the grid, with Fernando Alonso ahead of Jarno Trulli. This morning was spent scrubbing tyres for the race, and fine-tuning chassis set-up, and both...

The Mild Seven Renault F1 Team will start tomorrow's German Grand Prix from the third row of the grid, with Fernando Alonso ahead of Jarno Trulli. This morning was spent scrubbing tyres for the race, and fine-tuning chassis set-up, and both drivers had achieved a good balance by the end of the free practice sessions.

In qualifying, Fernando and Jarno completed mistake-free laps, with Alonso performing particularly strongly in the second sector, and Trulli in the third. The two drivers qualified sixth and seventh, but will be promoted to fifth and sixth following the penalisation of Jenson Button for changing an engine yesterday.

Fernando Alonso:

"We had a well-balanced car in pre-qualifying: I had more grip, and we managed to dial out the understeer that I was suffering from this morning. I was pleased with my lap in qualifying, after pushing to the limit and making no mistakes. We should be happy with our positions, I think: the weekend has not been easy so far, and we were not very quick yesterday, but we have still managed to get a good position to attack from tomorrow."

Jarno Trulli:

"From my point of view it was a strong lap, with no mistakes, and I pushed 100%. The car was working well today, and the balance was good. We now must wait to see what the conditions will be like tomorrow, and how the different strategies will play out."

Pat Symonds, Executive Director of Engineering:

"We managed to get both cars into good positions today, and they seem to be well-balanced on new and used tyres. The race tomorrow will be all about tyre management, and as we are well prepared in this respect, there is every reason to expect a strong result. With two cars on the third row, we have a good position to race from tomorrow."

Denis Chevrier, Engine Operations Manager:

"Once again, we have shown ourselves to be legitimate challengers for tomorrow's race. We have worked to improve the cars' performance since the beginning of the weekend, and today's results demonstrate we have done so successfully. On the technical side, we did not encounter any problems, and we hope to continue in this fashion for tomorrow's race. We must now aim to make the most of a strong package to beat our main competitors."

Fernando Alonso
Chassis: R24-02
6th, 1:13.874

Jarno Trulli
Chassis: R24-04
7th, 1:14.134

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Jenson Button , Fernando Alonso
Teams Renault F1 Team