Chinese GP: Toro Rosso Saturday qualifying notes

Comments from the Toro Rosso team after qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix Tonio Liuzzi: "Overall a good qualifying and I think the whole team can be proud of this result achieved in dry conditions. Yesterday went well and this morning, we...

Comments from the Toro Rosso team after qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix

Tonio Liuzzi:

"Overall a good qualifying and I think the whole team can be proud of this result achieved in dry conditions. Yesterday went well and this morning, we worked hard on getting the best set-up possible, always thinking that we might have a wet race tomorrow."

"In Q1, I had a bit of traffic so I could not get the best out of the car, but we still made it safely to Q2. Maybe I could have done a little bit better if I had made my run later as I had some understeer, but to be eleventh, so close to Q3 means we have done a good job."

Sebastian Vettel:

"This performance was better than we expected. It is a very good result for the whole team. There was not much between us: in Q1 I was slightly ahead of Tonio and in Q2, he was quicker. The key thing is that we managed to lap consistently. I only missed out on Q3 by a little margin, so this is clearly an improvement over yesterday and shows we are quite competitive in qualifying specific. Let's see what we can do in the race. I am looking forward to it whatever the conditions."

Giorgio Ascanelli, Technical director:

"Our best qualifying of the year in the dry. Already in Japan we saw that our car has made a step forward and here it was better still. Although I am happy with this performance there is still a very slight feeling of regret, as I think we could have got at least one car into the top ten, but we have to be happy with this and, if we get a wet race, it's the same for everybody."

Tonio Liuzzi
Chassis: STR2-03
Best lap: 1:36.862
Position: 11th

Sebastian Vettel
Chassis: STR2-04
Best lap: 1:36.891
Position: 12th

-credit: toro rosso

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Sebastian Vettel
Teams Toro Rosso