Lotus Renault press release
AP: I'm satisfied with the performance. It has been a good day although it was unfortunate that Bruno crashed this morning, which stymied his hopes of getting some good lap time before qualifying. The mechanics did a fantastic job to get the car ready in time for qualifying and he made his way comfortably through Q1 and Q2, and secured a good position on tomorrow's grid.
What was the reason behind not doing a timed lap in Q3?
AP: We decided that in a straight fight in Q3 we would have struggled to make much more ground on our positions in the top 10 - it would have been difficult to beat Schumacher anyway - so we decided to put both cars out on medium tyres (scrubs) to ensure we had the luxury of choosing our starting tyre tomorrow afternoon.
Strategically, are there now a number of options available to you tomorrow?
AP: Yes, there are. The tyre degradation is high here. Suzuka is a high grip track that is very tough on tyres, so having the flexibility to do what we want will be of great help to us. We will spend some time tonight looking at what will work best. We have a good idea of how to approach the race, but we'll look hard at the data to devise the best possible strategy to give the guys a strong chance tomorrow.