Japanese GP - Qualifying session Jean Todt: "A different qualifying session to usual, given that this morning, because of adverse weather, the final free practice session hardly took place at all. Today's result is further confirmation of ...
Japanese GP - Qualifying session
"A different qualifying session to usual, given that this morning, because of adverse weather, the final free practice session hardly took place at all. Today's result is further confirmation of just how close things are between us and our closest rivals, given that the four cars are all within two tenths, this time with ours on the second row. We are aware how important is the final result in terms of the Drivers' Championship and we will give it our best shot in the race."
"Apart from the usual factors - strategy, reliability and the work of the team and drivers - it is obvious that the weather will also play an important role. Today, with both types of rain tyre being used, we had further confirmation of the great job that Bridgestone is doing in its role as sole tyre supplier and I thank them for this."
"Quite a good qualifying session. I could probably have got a better grid position but I came up against a bit of traffic and also had a small problem with the electronic management of the gearbox which cost me precious time. Of course it was something of a gamble starting qualifying in the wet without having ever run in these conditions but it only took a handful of laps to find the right line."
"I expect tomorrow's race will be very tight. As we could work out from yesterday's practice, it is very close between us and our main rivals. Overall, the car worked well and I think I can be competitive in the wet or dry."
"Qualifying produced a very close fight between us and our main rivals. In Q1 and Q2, I was very pleased with the handling of my car but something changed in terms of balance on new tyres and less fuel, given that it gave me a bit too much oversteer. A shame, because even at the start of Q3 I was going well, but in the end, with new tyres, I lost time with this oversteer."
"All the same, fourth place is not a bad position. There are four of us in the same two tenths of a second and all sorts of things could happen tomorrow."
"Qualifying was a lottery in terms of defining car set-up. For sure, the session did not run as smoothly as oil. Several times, traffic did not help and we also had an electronic management problem on Kimi's gearbox which penalized him a bit in the final part of Q3."
"Having said that, we will have to wait until tomorrow to find out if the choices we have made, both in terms of strategy and set-up, are the right ones. Whatever happens, we can expect a very closely contested race."
Kimi Raikkonen: 3rd
1:25.516, 11 laps
Felipe Massa: 4th
1:25.765, 11 laps