FREE PRACTICE 3 Robert Kubica, R30-05, P1, 1:37.354, 15 laps Vitaly Petrov, R30-04, P11, 1:38.668, 14 laps QUALIFYING Robert Kubica, R30-03, P8, 1:36.824 Robert: The car had more oversteer than during free practice and I wasn't completely ...
FREE PRACTICE 3
Robert Kubica, R30-05, P1, 1:37.354, 15 laps
Vitaly Petrov, R30-04, P11, 1:38.668, 14 laps
Robert Kubica, R30-03, P8, 1:36.824
Robert: The car had more oversteer than during free practice and I wasn't completely comfortable. If we had got everything perfect, we could probably have been a couple of tenths quicker, but we're right on the limit here. Unfortunately, starting eighth also means that I will start from the dirty side of the grid. This morning, in the dry, there was a huge difference between the two sides, but if it rains tomorrow perhaps it won't be such a disadvantage. It's not going to be an easy race, because everybody is very close together in terms of performance, but I will try to do my best tomorrow afternoon.
Vitaly Petrov, R30-04, P15, 1:37.799
Vitaly: I was hoping to get into the top 10 today, to minimise the effect of the grid penalty, and it looked reasonable after Q1. During the second part of qualifying, I made a mistake by pushing too hard, touched the kerb and spun. The tyres were then so dirty that I couldn't set a proper competitive lap time afterwards. It's a pity, but I must now focus on the race, and take every opportunity that comes to me.
Eric Boullier, Team Principal
We looked competitive during every practice session, so it is clearly disappointing that we were unable to repeat that level of performance in qualifying. However, we must now focus on the race. We know that our car is quick on the straights and we hope it will be competitive in race trim. We can look forward to aggressive performances from both drivers, and our goal will be to make up as many positions as possible tomorrow afternoon.
Alan Permane, Chief Race Engineer
After our performances in practice yesterday and this morning, we cannot be happy with eighth and 15th places in qualifying. Robert was complaining of more oversteer than this morning, when he had been pretty happy with the car, so we need to look at the data and understand what happened. As for Vitaly, he had a difficult session and will also incur the five-place grid penalty from Suzuka. We will need to be creative tomorrow if we wish to get both cars into the points.