Bahrain GP: Williams Saturday qualifying notes

Comments from the Williams team after qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix Sam Michael, Technical Director, WilliamsF1: "It was an interesting afternoon with the new qualifying format for the first time and a credit to all the parties -- ...

Comments from the Williams team after qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix

Sam Michael, Technical Director, WilliamsF1:

"It was an interesting afternoon with the new qualifying format for the first time and a credit to all the parties -- Williams, Cosworth and Bridgestone -- to prepare well for all the changes. All the teams adopted many different strategies for qualifying and it will be interesting to assess the approaches taken."

"Nico was a little bit unlucky he didn't make it to the final session, but he's not in a bad place to start given our long run potential. Mark did a good job to finish seventh. We have strong long run performance and it will be interesting to see how quick everyone actually is tomorrow and what strategy teams choose."

Mark Webber:

"Not a bad effort at all. We have still a lot of work to do but we could not really have asked for much more today, considering a few teams have been testing on this track in the last two weeks and have, of course, a better an understanding of the conditions here. We will learn a lot more tomorrow in the race, so let's see how it goes. The new format for qualifying is a bit of a mess for the drivers and the teams but hopefully it looked okay on TV."

Nico Rosberg:

"I am not too unhappy about today's result, even if qualifying was a bit chaotic as it was a new format to everybody. Despite this, I still enjoyed myself. In hindsight, I could have performed a little bit better. The main mistake happened when I pushing very hard on a fast lap towards the end of the session, but I guess it happens. I didn't make the final part of qualifying which means I will be able to fuel the car as I wish. I'm looking forward to the race and hope I can do better."

Simon Corbyn, Head of F1 Race Engineering, Cosworth:

"I'm pleased to say Cosworth had no engine problems throughout the day. It was exciting to see a new format to qualifying. The new system was quite a challenge, particularly for the drivers, but both did well and although Nico didn't ultimately make it into the final session, he did put in an extremely good lap in the first session"

Mark Webber
Chassis: FW28 03
Engine CA2006/26 - 1st GP
7th, 1:33.006

Nico Rosberg
Chassis: FW28 04
Engine: CA2006/25 -1st GP
12th, 1:32.620

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mark Webber , Nico Rosberg
Teams Williams