At the end of an eventful qualifying session for the Canadian Grand Prix, the two Mild Seven Renault F1 Team drivers will line up in tenth (Jarno Trulli) and thirteenth (Jenson Button) positions for tomorrow's race. Jarno Trulli had to switch to...
At the end of an eventful qualifying session for the Canadian Grand Prix, the two Mild Seven Renault F1 Team drivers will line up in tenth (Jarno Trulli) and thirteenth (Jenson Button) positions for tomorrow's race. Jarno Trulli had to switch to the spare car halfway through the session after brushing the wall at the exit of turn 9 on his second run, but was unable to improve his time as a result of the changing weather. Although Jenson Button experienced a less disrupted session, problems with car set-up meant he was unable to further improve his time.
Jarno Trulli, 10th position
"I must admit that I am a little disappointed with our result in qualifying. I made a mistake at a crucial time, when I was really pushing hard on the second flying lap. The car was behaving very well and the balance was good, so it's a shame that I couldn't make the most of it in these circumstances. The team did a fantastic job to get the T-car ready for me so quickly, as it was set up for Jenson. This car felt strong as well, but the rain at the end of the session spoiled the final run."
Jenson Button, 13th position
"It was a disappointing day for us. The car felt pretty good but one of my biggest problems was that I didn't manage to pick up a tow on any of my four runs. You gain a big chunk of time in somebody's slipstream at this circuit, but I just didn't manage it today."
Pat Symonds, Executive Director of Engineering, Mild Seven Renault F1 Team
"A difficult qualifying session for us, as we were concerned about the weather at the beginning. Even though we managed to improve the car compared to this morning, we still cannot be satisfied with our positions. Jarno's cause was not helped by having to change to the T-car, whilst Jenson experienced some problems under braking which cost him time."
Denis Chevrier, Head of Race Engineering (Engine), Mild Seven Renault F1 Team
"Overall, a much better day for us in terms of our programme, during which we attempted to make up a lot of the time we lost yesterday. After a good morning's work we were well prepared for qualifying, which meant we coped with the various incidents during the session without any difficulties. On the engine side, we didn't experience any problems, and can now approach the race having collected all the necessary information."