Mika Salo and Pedro Diniz qualified their RED BULL SAUBER PETRONAS C19s 19th and 20th respectively for tomorrow`s Japanese Grand Prix. Pedro Diniz One way or another it`s been a pretty tough day. It started when my engine failed this morning.
Mika Salo and Pedro Diniz qualified their RED BULL SAUBER PETRONAS C19s 19th and 20th respectively for tomorrow`s Japanese Grand Prix.
One way or another it`s been a pretty tough day. It started when my engine failed this morning. The team told me the car was on fire, so I knew I had to try to get back to the pits where the fire could be handled most efficiently. Then I learned of the penalty the stewards imposed, to take away by two best qualifying times. It certainly made it tough to go out there this afternoon knowing my two best efforts would be worthless, but I tried as hard as I could. The car was still understeering, and lacked traction at times, but my best time of 1m 38.077s would have moved me much higher up the grid, and that was done with a relatively heavy fuel load. The penalty certainly compromised my qualifying, and will of course affect my race tomorrow.
After the first run in qualifying my race car developed a problem when an electrical connection broke, so I had to take over the T-car. This was set up for Pedro and there was only time to switch seats, so I had a hard time trying to drive the car and that`s reflected in my qualifying time.
It certainly wasn`t our day today, and the negative things started immediately with Pedro`s engine failure. That lost him most of the morning’s running, and of course the stewards imposed their penalty which affected his qualifying too. It was very hard for Pedro. Meanwhile, Mika had the problem when an electrical connection to the alternator broke early in qualifying, and he had to take the T-car with Pedro`s settings. This was all a great pity because the drivers like Suzuka very much and our cars go well here. As it is, our qualifying positions are clearly not an accurate reflection of our true potential here.