Sixth for Fernando, ninth for Jarno; a satisfying result for the team. The Mild Seven Renault F1 Team performed as expected in this afternoon's qualifying session at the San Marino Grand Prix: Fernando Alonso finished sixth, while Jarno Trulli -...
Sixth for Fernando, ninth for Jarno; a satisfying result for the team.
The Mild Seven Renault F1 Team performed as expected in this afternoon's qualifying session at the San Marino Grand Prix: Fernando Alonso finished sixth, while Jarno Trulli - who was just 15 hundredths of a second behind his team-mate - had to settle for ninth. Both drivers are optimistic for the race after the car demonstrated an encouraging level of competitiveness during free practice.
"Sixth is a good position for us as I think the car is quick in race conditions, and that we can be very consistent on the long runs. On the timed lap, the handling was still a bit nervous but I think that is the same for the other drivers: grip levels have been low this weekend, and that has made our job a bit more difficult. Overall, I am confident and think we will perhaps be able to fight at the front tomorrow."
"A pretty good qualifying session for me: I made some little mistakes in the first and third sectors, but that only cost me a tenth or maybe two. We are hoping for a trouble-free race tomorrow and then we are capable of scoring good points. Clearly, it will be a very close battle, but we worked well today, and I am optimistic for the race."
Pat Symonds, Executive Director of Engineering:
"A good straightforward qualifying session. The car balance was, as expected, reasonable rather than perfect, but both drivers put in good laps. The tyres are performing very well and providing the weather conditions remain reasonable, we can look forward to a competitive performance. As always after qualifying, speculation now turns to when the teams will make their first pit-stops: we certainly have not compromised our race strategy in favour of qualifying performance."
Denis Chevrier, Engine Operations Manager:
"Our qualifying performance today almost matches our best so far this season, in Australia. Both drivers put in very equal performances, and the new engine brought a gain which will be maintained throughout tomorrow's race. We are clearly in a position to challenge strongly tomorrow, but the question is now whether we can get a good haul of points, or whether we will have to settle for less."