Panasonic Toyota Racing had a mixed night in qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay Street Circuit. Starting at 10pm local time and in 31 o.C heat, Formula 1's only night-time qualifying session saw Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock...
Panasonic Toyota Racing had a mixed night in qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay Street Circuit. Starting at 10pm local time and in 31 o.C heat, Formula 1's only night-time qualifying session saw Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock take their updated TF109s to the Singapore streets. Both drivers started first qualifying on the soft compound Bridgestone Potenza tyre before switching to the super soft option for a final flying lap in the closing seconds. Jarno, who lost some time in morning practice due to an exhaust problem, set the fastest third sector of the session to progress while Timo was close behind and also reached second qualifying. Again using the super soft tyre, Jarno struggled for grip and missed out while Timo went from strength to strength to reach the top 10. In third qualifying Timo, again on the super soft tyres, was fighting towards the front when a late red flag prematurely ended his final flying lap and left him seventh in the standings, although a penalty for Rubens Barrichello means he will start sixth.
"I am happy to be back in the top 10 again. I like this track and I feel confident in the car set-up here. The sessions went well generally; particularly in second qualifying when I was straightaway a second faster than I had been in the first session. The car felt really good and it was nice to get through to third qualifying. My lap was okay in that session but I was on used options and they were a bit worn out. I was really looking forward to my last run on new options but the red flag destroyed it. I know I could have improved my lap time and who knows where that would have put me. But in the end I start from sixth so it looks pretty good. I hope we can have a clean first lap then try to finish in the top six. I will be fighting for as many points as possible."
"The main problem for me was a lack of grip. The track conditions seem like they have improved but we couldn't improve our lap times enough from yesterday. I am not sure why because Timo looked strong but I just had no grip at all. The car didn't feel particularly good so we didn't quite get it right today unfortunately. Anything can happen in the race tomorrow and I will fight as hard as I can but it will be difficult to score points from 15th."
Pascal Vasselon - Senior General Manager Chassis:
"As expected we are stronger here in Singapore than we were at the last race so it is disappointing not to get both cars into the top 10. Timo did a good job to get through first and second qualifying. In the end we are a bit frustrated that the final session ended early due to the red flag because he didn't have the chance to use his final set of new options so there was an opportunity to qualify even higher. The target for Timo is clearly a strong points finish but the race will be harder for Jarno. We need to analyse the grip problems he had and we will see what we can do with our strategy to recover some positions."