This morning's rain changed track conditions but ultimately didn't alter the final outcome from first qualifying for Mark Webber and Nick Heidfeld, who will start this afternoon's race in 4th and 9th position respectively. Nick, however, has...
This morning's rain changed track conditions but ultimately didn't alter the final outcome from first qualifying for Mark Webber and Nick Heidfeld, who will start this afternoon's race in 4th and 9th position respectively. Nick, however, has gained a grid position due to Felipe Massa suffering a ten position demotion for an engine change.
"I had a good lap but I wasn't quick enough to keep Jenson Button behind me like yesterday, but still I am starting from a good place on the grid and I think we are well set for this afternoon. It will be interesting to see how the various strategies unfold in the race."
"Qualifying was difficult for everyone today as the track was still damp in some places after this morning's rain. That said, it dried quite quickly as more and more cars ran on track and it was fine when I completed my lap. From the first session I have dropped a position to Sato, but we are going in the right direction and I am confident for the race."
Sam Michael (Technical Director, WilliamsF1):
"We have had a good second qualifying session and both cars ran without any problems. A solid race strategy is what is required now. There was a lot of progression of the circuit's grip level during the first part of the session due to the rain earlier this morning."
Mario Theissen (BMW Motorsport Director):
"Initially, it seemed as if both our drivers had lost a position each from the first qualifying result - interestingly both against a BAR car. But because of Michael's mistake, they have held their positions from yesterday, and in fact, Nick is gaining one grid position as he is benefiting from Felipe Massa's engine change."
"Considering our positions after the first qualifying session, we are happy with the final positions of fourth and eighth. What these grid position mean will ultimately depend on the timing of the first pit stops. Weather is also an uncertainty."
Mark Webber: 4th
Aggregate time: 2:44:511
Chassis: FW27 05
BMW P84/5 engine: 2nd GP
Nick Heidfeld: 8th
Aggregate time: 2:45.196
Chassis: FW27 04
(T-car FW27 02)
BMW P84/5 engine: 1st GP