UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX POST-QUALIFYING QUOTES FERNANDO ALONSO (No. 1 Renault R26/Renault RS26/Michelin): "I did the maximum I could today, so hopefully our strategy will be good and work well for us tomorrow. We had an understeering car all ...
UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX POST-QUALIFYING QUOTES
FERNANDO ALONSO (No. 1 Renault R26/Renault RS26/Michelin): "I did the maximum I could today, so hopefully our strategy will be good and work well for us tomorrow. We had an understeering car all morning, and we weren't able to get rid of it for qualifying. So for tomorrow, I'll have to wait for the podium and try to limit the damage to the championship."
KIMI RAIKKONEN (No. 3 McLaren MP4-21/Mercedes-Benz FO 108S/Michelin): "I think we had it a little difficult. Maybe we chose the wrong tires." (About whether he is disappointed): "Maybe we have different tactics than the rest." (About making the podium Sunday): "We will try. I think it will be very hard. I think we'll do the best we can."
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 4 McLaren MP4-21/Mercedes-Benz FO 108S/Michelin): "It is a bit of a shame. My first lap was OK. It was my fastest of the session. The second one, Michael (Schumacher) got in the way. I made a mistake when Michael got in the way as well. It doesn't matter. People get in the way sometimes. The last lap, I was two-tenths up on my (fastest) lap. In the last corner going into the banking, (Tiago) Monteiro got in the way. He was going probably half the speed he should be doing and screwed up my lap again." (About the car): "It was good. I think we had a good car and everything. It wasn't our day."
RALF SCHUMACHER (No. 7 Toyota TF106B/Toyota RVX-06/Bridgestone): "In general, it was a good qualifying, pain-free. I had a very good car in Q1 (session 1) and Q2 (session 2). Q3 (session 3), we seemed to slide a bit with the grip. We couldn't get the best out of it on the fast lap. We're still P8 (Position 8) so it's alright for the moment."
JARNO TRULLI (No. 8 Toyota TF106B/Toyota RVX-06/Bridgestone): "We had a technical problem with the rear suspension so I couldn't go out. We just made the one lap time with old tires in the beginning." (Did something break on the car?): "Yeah, something on the suspension broke, so it was not safe to go out."
MARK WEBBER (No. 9 Williams FW28/Cosworth CA2006/Bridgestone): "We don't have enough grip at the moment. The pace of the Ferraris is very strong, so I know it's not our tires. We'll have to work a bit harder on our car. It was the same thing in Montreal, so the race is looking really tough so far. Sundays have always given some different race paces. Sometimes folks look phenomenal on Saturdays and not so much on Sundays, so we'll see what happens tomorrow. The infield section has proved quite difficult for us all weekend. We need to get the balance with wing level and top speed and everything with the overall grip. I feel like we're at the right wing level with our car. We can't take anymore wing off, but at the moment, we're doing everything we can to get the infield section as good as possible, but at the moment it's very difficult for us to go through."
NICO ROSBERG (No. 10 Williams FW28/Cosworth CA2006/Bridgestone): "Out in the first session isn't really what we want. It was just very difficult out there for me today. I couldn't feel the car properly, and it was just all over the place. The grip just wasn't there, and that's it. It will probably be very difficult to do well starting so far behind, but I always give everything."
RUBENS BARRICHELLO (No. 11 Honda RA106/Honda RA806E/Michelin): "It's been quite good. I've been happy with the balance. We've made a few adjustments, and the car has been getting better. Qualifying was a little bit surprising because you're looking for a top-five, but we were one position better. It was good. Fundamentally the car is good. We're lacking a little bit of this and that. We're lacking some straightline speed. We're lacking a little bit of braking stability. This track seems to like the car, and we're both performing well. Obviously, it's as good car as we can get, and I have to be very confident. But we still don't have a car to win the race yet."
JENSON BUTTON (No. 12 Honda RA106/Honda RA806E/Michelin): "Qualifying was good. The car is working well. I don't think I could have gotten anymore out of the car. We've done a lot of work on it and it has improved. Q1 and Q2 were not that easy. I didn't have a balance that I was happy with compared to this morning on old tires. Q3 was good. We made some changes to the front wing and the tire pressures. It was a much more competitive car. I'm happy with where I am on the grid. I'm on the clean side, so that seems to make quite a bit of difference here. Looking at today, and the fuel burning laps, it seems to be pretty good. That makes us feel really positive for tomorrow, but the race is a different story. It always is for some reason. So we hope it works in this hot, hot temperature. I'm pretty happy with my position. To be seven, it's good. And the most important thing is I have a good race strategy. It should be a good race tomorrow."
DAVID COULTHARD (No. 14 Red Bull Racing RB2/Ferrari 056/Michelin): "The first run was OK. The second run, unfortunately, we picked just up a little too much understeer, and we didn't make it through." (About what changes could be made to the car's aerodynamics for the race): "Well, the F1 regulations are such that you're not allowed to change anything other than the front-wing angle, so we haven't got much scope to do anything." (How do you feel about your qualification position?): "Well, obviously I'm disappointed. I think that we struggled a little with downforce last week in Canada, in Montreal, and we need to understand why. We're going to get it sorted for this race."
JACQUES VILLENEUVE (No. 17 Sauber BMW F1.06/BMW P86/Michelin): (How did your qualifying session go?): "It went well. I was a bit worried in the middle of Q2. Because I did not do a good lap. Got in Q3, and Q3 went well." (How were the track conditions with the high temperatures? Did the circuit get greasy?): "It got a bit greasy and slippery. Made the car difficult to drive, but we managed to do a good lap at the end." (Car feel pretty comfortable for tomorrow?): "I think so. Today we actually concentrated on the race setup more than qualy (qualifying) setup. So we should be all right for the race.
NICK HEIDFELD (No. 16 Sauber BMW F1.06/BMW P86/Michelin): "Yes, very disappointing because Q1 and Q2 went quite well. Then the car just switched off. I think it might be electronical problem. It did not feel like an engine problem, which would be bad because I would have to go 10 positions back. But think it will be OK. So we will probably start from P10." (How did the session go other than the electronic issue? Was the heat much of an issue?): "It wasn't too bad other than last week in Canada. We were good in the morning and bad in the afternoon when qualifying. Here it seemed more consistent or getting even better for us. But that's just that in motorsports, even if the conditions only change slightly, it is very difficult to predict what will happen." (How did the car feel? Feel it is ready for the race?): "Yes, definitely I feel ready for the race. But at the moment I'm still more disappointed than looking forward. Because Jacques (Villeneuve) is sixth, which shows that the car was quite good today. It's a shame."
TIAGO MONTEIRO (No. 18 MF1 M16/Toyota RVX-06/Bridgestone): "My run went actually very well, most of it. My two first runs were pretty quick and good laps, clean laps. Then we went to do the second session, which was great for us obviously -- both cars -- so it was good for the team. I was going all right again, and I was actually two- or three-tenths up from my first time until I got to the last corner, and I made a mistake and lost the rear and lost two- or three-tenths in the straight line. We could have been around P11 or 12. You always want more, but we're happy to have been in the second session, as well." (Is it easy to make a mistake here in qualifying?): "Yeah, you're pushing hard. It's qualifying, so you're pushing hard and taking all the risks that you can. I prefer to make a mistake in being competitive than just cruising around and being slow but no mistakes." (About tomrorrow's race): "It's going to be very hard. Very difficult for the drivers and the car. It's going to be a long, tough race." (About checking on the England-Portugal World Cup match after exiting the garage): "I was curious about it. I didn't know they did the penalties. I already had my debrief with my engineers. They were doing the penalties when I stopped my car. So I was able to see the end and saw the win. It was perfect."
CHRISTIJAN ALBERS (No. 19 MF1 M16/Toyota RVX-06/Bridgestone): "It was a difficult one. We are a little bit struggling with the setup. It could be better, but we'll have to see tomorrow in the race. We will find something to improve a little bit and hopefully, we can do good lap times."
VITANTONIO LIUZZI (No. 20 Scuderia Toro Rosso STR1/Cosworth TJ 2006/Michelin): "It was really bad because we had a problem in our final lap. I broke the front wing going over one curb. Unfortunately, that was the end of my qualifying. Now we're in P21, and it's going to be a long race. As always, there's changing situations in the circuit, but I think Michelin has done a really good job with the tires, and I think they will last the race. The only problem we've got is that the circuit doesn't put much rubber on the ground and as always, we're sliding all over the place because there's not as much grip, but it's just something we deal with at this circuit."
SCOTT SPEED (No. 21 Scuderia Toro Rosso STR1/Cosworth TJ 2006/Michelin): "It's really good for us. Qualifying here is got to be our worst part because of our engine package, and I've got to feel we'll be strong in the race. Where we qualified is the best it possibly could have gone, for sure." (Yesterday you weren't happy with your day. Feeling better about the circuit today?): "It's the same for all of us because the track is so slippery and the cars are sliding around so much. It's difficult to find a mechanical balance. The whole team did a great job today, that's for sure."
TAKUMA SATO (No. 22 SA05/Honda RA806E/Bridgestone): "It was a fantastic for us, really, it was the best we have had our car, so I'm happy and so excited about qualifying. Not only was I doing my best lap times but fighting for positions in a straight fight. So it was a great day, and I had to do it for my team and these great fans who hung a banner over our pit garage, and I really appreciated it." (Do you like the new qualifying system?): "It's hard to say because we never get into the second or third session, so we have to do it in the first 15 minutes where you can have a traffic situation or an old tire/new tire situation. But I have to say this is more exciting from the spectators' point of view, and for sure it is wide open for strategy, which is great for us." (About the heat): "I think it worked in a good way for our team because it warmed up the tires and everything, and I was surprised that this morning with the cooler conditions and with the rain we had yesterday, I thought the track would be green again. But this morning straight out we had really good grip. So we will wait and see what will happen tomorrow. It should be a really exciting day."
FRANCK MONTAGNY (No. 23 SA05/Honda RA806E/Bridgestone): "The car doesn't run. We had problems from the beginning, and we have a problem with the steering wheel. We come in check the tires, put two tires on, that was the plan. But now we come back, we have to go the scales to check the car. I've got problems there, and we can't restart the car. The car is stuck in gear. I can't shift up, and I can't shift down, so I can't do the lap time. So of course, I'm pissed off. I can't tell you much about the track because I just did one lap when the track is very green. When I see my teammate's lap time, it (the track) seems OK."