Rickard RYDELL - SEAT Sport, pole position "This is my first pole position since Estoril 2002, and my first for SEAT. Obviously this makes me more than happy. It has taken some time to get to know the car and the team. We've been working on the...
Rickard RYDELL - SEAT Sport, pole position
"This is my first pole position since Estoril 2002, and my first for SEAT. Obviously this makes me more than happy. It has taken some time to get to know the car and the team. We've been working on the qualifying set-up since Magny Cours. Now we've got the performance, so we can start working on the race set-up as well. We've made some changes on the car, particularly the dampers, before our last lap today. The car was a lot better after that, with less understeer. Of course, being on pole position doesn't mean going first into the first corner, but I'll try, for sure. The BMWs are very fast, but naturally, I want to win as much as anyone else!"
Andy PRIAULX -- BMW Team Great Britain, 2nd
"Even though I lost the pole position just before the end of the session, I'm not disappointed. We decided to gamble and stay in the garage after I set the provisional pole, so we could keep two sets of new tyres for the races tomorrow. As we know that the track is very hard on the tyres. I'm quite optimistic for the race. At the end of the day, I don't have any ballast, so I have to do well this weekend. I hope I can finish both races, get some points and close the gap to the championship lead."
Dirk MÜLLER -- BMW Team Deutschland, 3rd
"I really don't know how I managed to qualify third! With 40 kg on board I expected to be somewhere between seventh and eighth position. My first set of tyres was good, and when I did a flat spot, I was happy and thought: That's it, I can't go any faster. Then I put another set on and did the 10.5. I was a bit shocked to be honest. Having missed half of the second practice session, I was really surprised that the car was perfect. I'm happy with the result, but knowing that there's just a gap of one thousandth of a second between me and Andy in second, I'm of course a bit disappointed as well. I mean, you can find a thousandth anywhere on the track!"
Jordi GENE - SEAT Sport, 4th
"I made some changes after the second practice and the car worked well. The 10 kg ballast I'm carrying normally means losing about one tenth of a second per lap, so without it I would have been second behind Rickard. Anyway, that 's how it is but I'm very happy for Rickard and the team; two poles in two weekends is fantastic news!"
Fabrizio GIOVANARDI -- AutoDelta Squadra Corse, 5th
"I have mixed feelings. OK, I was fastest in the first free practice, but this is easy to explain: in Hockenheim I was out at the second corner of the first race, meaning that I saved a new set of tyres from that meeting. And I was the only one to use new tyres in the first practice. In qualifying I'm only fifth. If we forget Rydell, who was so much quicker than the rest of the field, and we look at the three drivers who are just in front of me, the gap is very narrow. This means that my car was not so bad, though it was definitely not at the top. My concern is that we are going to have tough times in the races, because of the front tyre wear. I don't know about SEAT, but for sure BMW will be better than us on this."
Tom CORONEL -- Carly Motors, 7th
"On my first outing I already saw that my car had a good potential. I made a few changes which proved to be really good. And on my second set of tyres I was making a magnificent lap, then I made a mistake at the hairpin, together with D'Aste. And that was it. It's a shame, because I could have been even better placed. We are back where we should be, into the top ten, which promises well in terms of finishing both races in the points."