QUALIFYING QUOTES James THOMPSON - AutoDelta Squadra Corse, pole position "I'm absolutely over the moon! After I was quickest in both practice sessions I would have been disappointed not to be on pole position. But luckily I managed to carry on...
James THOMPSON - AutoDelta Squadra Corse, pole position "I'm absolutely over the moon! After I was quickest in both practice sessions I would have been disappointed not to be on pole position. But luckily I managed to carry on leading the pack. I think tomorrow we will have a very good chance to place the Alfa Romeo cars at the top, no matter if it's wet or dry. But here you never know, because this track is so hard on brakes and tyres. Qualifying is one thing, and the races are a different story."
Fabrizio GIOVANARDI - AutoDelta Squadra Corse, 2nd "We are happy, because our car is back on top. However, I'm a bit upset at not being on pole. I'm really missing pole this season, and I tried hard to claim it today. I must say I was really disappointed when I crossed the line under the chequered flag and I saw that my board on the wall had changed from P1 to P2^Å Anyway, I think I'm in a good position to go for good results tomorrow."
Gabriele TARQUINI - AutoDelta Squadra Corse, 3rd "Four Alfas in the first fourth places. It couldn't be better. We proved we are competitive in all track conditions, which is a very good omen for the races. The only problem I had today was with Jörg Müller. I was on new tyres, with my lights on, he was driving slowly and misjudged my speed. We had a contact out of the chicane, and this spoiled my lap. However, it was clearly a misunderstanding, and it did not even cost me the pole, because I was not enough fast to beat James and Fabrizio."
Jörg MÜLLER - BMW Team Deutschland, 5th "The four Alfas were very strong today. The conditions were difficult: it was very slippery, even on new tyres, and it was not easy to overtake the slower cars. I'm happy enough to be fifth, and best of BMW drivers. However, it looks like we will have hard times against the Alfa tomorrow."
Rickard RYDELL - SEAT Sport, 6th "If I'd been able to get the best out of my tyres, I would have been a couple of tenths of a second quicker. However my tyres weren't quite warm enough for the last session and so I had to settle for sixth. A few races ago, I would have been quite happy with sixth place, so it shows how far we have come that I'm a little disappointed!"
Dirk MÜLLER - BMW Team Deutschland, 8th "I know we could have done a lot better, because I was really happy with the car. Although, when I went on new tyres, for three times I had my fastest laps spoiled by the traffic. No one did it on purpose, and these things can happen in these conditions. I tried to take the inside, but it was very wet and I drove onto the grass every time."
Salvatore TAVANO - Oregon Team, 9th "The team worked very well today. We were always fast, in the dry and the wet, always within the top-ten. Let's say it was predictable, because this is a good track for Alfa, and the weather conditions also helped us. I'm a bit worried for tomorrow, because at the start of the first race I will have a lot of good BMWs behind me. And they will try for sure to recover positions very quickly."
Andy PRIAULX - BMW Team Great Britain, 13th "I am hoping 13 will prove to be a lucky and not unlucky number for me in the races. In first practice we did a good job and the car was pretty competitive at the end. In the second session we were really strong but then lost our way a little bit. With the greasy conditions in qualifying it was just about timing. Getting out at the right time and getting clear lap and that is just what I didn't get. Tomorrow if I can make a good start I can try and move up the grid a little bit."
Alessandro BALZAN - JAS Motorsport, 14th "I am a bit disappointed, because the car was very good, but we just did not do the right things at the right time. We went too early on new tyres, and by the time the track was fastest, we had run out of them. Otherwise, I think I could easily be in the top-ten. This morning the second practice was very good. In the wet the car was fantastic, and I couldn't believe I was so close to the top."
Jan MAGNUSSEN - Peugeot Sport Engineering, 17th "For sure the 5-door 307 is a better car than the 3-door. Now we have to work to set it up and find good lap times. The important thing is that we finally have the car here, and I think that we are working in the right direction. It is another step forward for our programme in the FIA championship."
Jason WATT - Peugeot Sport Engineering, 19th "Our car is good in the wet, and this enabled me to be ninth-fastest in the second practice and to make the top-ten at the beginning of the qualifying, when is was damp. When it dried up it was difficult, but Jan (Magnussen) told me that the Peugeot is better in the races than in qualifying. Anyway, this is my first appearance in one of the best Touring Car championships in the world, and I'm not the last one on the grid. Therefore I'm happy."
Simon HARRISON - GR Asia, 23rd "It was very disappointing. We had a number of things we wanted to try, a lot of new parts, and it has not really gone the way we wanted. The weather changes did not help us, and we did a lot of panicky changes. Hopefully things will be better in the race; I know that I can drive better than that. "