European GP: Renualt Saturday notes

Jarno Trulli will start tomorrow's European Grand Prix from seventh position on the grid alongside team-mate Jenson Button following a pleasing qualifying session at the Nürburgring. With the first eight cars qualifying in team order, the Mild ...

Jarno Trulli will start tomorrow's European Grand Prix from seventh position on the grid alongside team-mate Jenson Button following a pleasing qualifying session at the Nürburgring. With the first eight cars qualifying in team order, the Mild Seven Renault F1 Team retained its unofficial position amongst the teams this weekend, occupying the fourth row of the grid. Jarno Trulli set his best time on his third run while Jenson Button, hampered by slight understeer and traffic, was unable to improve on his first effort.

Jarno Trulli, 7th position

"I'm very happy with my position. The whole team did a good job today and even though it is very close, I think we are where we should be. Although we achieved the best we could today, there is still some work to do to improve the car. Personally, I think we will be much more competitive in the race than qualifying; I'm feeling very confident for tomorrow."

Jenson Button, 8th position

"I'm a bit disappointed with how it turned out, because the first run ended up being my quickest after I picked up some understeer on the second and third, even though we hadn't changed anything on the car. For my final lap, we made a small change to the rear anti roll-bar and it looked pretty positive in the first sector, where I was two tenths up. Unfortunately, I then got held up by some traffic and lost the advantage. Even so, I think we've got a decent set-up for tomorrow, and we should be in a position to run strongly."

Pat Symonds, Executive Director of Engineering, Mild Seven Renault F1 Team

"A good qualifying session in which we achieved a reasonable balance on both cars. Unfortunately, we suffered from a little too much understeer and had a few too many problems with traffic to be able to put in the perfect lap. It's interesting to see that the top eight are all in team order, and we know what our targets must be."

Denis Chevrier, Head of Race Engineering (Engine), Mild Seven Renault F1 Team

"Once again, we are pleased to have conducted a problem-free session in which we were able to complete the full planned programme. In the end, yesterday's positions were maintained this afternoon, and we qualified at the right level. Having said that, there is still a genuine gap to the competition in front, and it is all the more frustrating for being small. We now need to focus our efforts on closing it."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Jenson Button
Teams Renault F1 Team