Jean Alesi: "It was truly a very interesting session, even if I am disappointed not to have succeeded in gaining a better position on the grid. We did not know if the showers were going to become very much heavier, as was the case...
"It was truly a very interesting session, even if I am disappointed not to have succeeded in gaining a better position on the grid. We did not know if the showers were going to become very much heavier, as was the case yesterday, or if the track would continue to dry. Anything was possible. I had an engine problem at the end of this morning' session and we changed it in the break. My car began to behave well in the middle of the session when the track conditions were part-dry, part-wet, and it got better and better. But it was our first real opportunity to run in the dry at Silverstone , since we had difficulties in testing last week and we are still suffering for not having done enough running."
"We knew it would be tough to qualify in a good position as during the testing we did here last week, and yesterday, we were not really able to find the right set-up for the car because we did not complete enough testing mileage. Besides, my car was not ready when the qualifying session started so I jumped in the T-car, which was prepared for me, to set a lap time. In fact, I could have taken my race car out for the rest of the session, on a track which was getting better and better, so it was not really necessary. When I went out for my last three timed laps, my car was behaving well, but I was held up in the second lap, before the engine blew on my in-lap. It is sad because I could feel it decreasing and sounding unclear in the preceding laps and without this I might have done better in the end."
"We would, without doubt, have been better placed on a partly-wet circuit to the end. But we had not run on a dry circuit here since arriving yesterday, nor in the previous 15 days because of our recent reliability problems. So today's result is not illogical. We are all the same disappointed, in view of the work done by the team in the last two days, which had given us hopes of better positions in qualifying this afternoon. That said, the weather forecast for the race is not good, and I don't know if we will have resolved our reliability problems by then but we are starting to have a better experience of this circuit and of the set-ups we need. So, we must do our best to seize the opportunities which come our way in this race."