QUALIFYING QUOTES Jordi GENÃ‰, SEAT Sport fastest "I must be the happiest man in Spain. I couldn't have asked for anything else, today at least. Tomorrow is a new challenge. The team adopted some very good tactics and we knew that the track is...
Jordi GENÉ, SEAT Sport fastest
"I must be the happiest man in Spain. I couldn't have asked for anything else, today at least. Tomorrow is a new challenge. The team adopted some very good tactics and we knew that the track is demanding on the chassis so it was all or nothing. I took a lot of risks on both my fastest laps but it ended up perfect, especially thanks to Peter (Terting) pulling me up the straights. To be honest I am little bit surprised that the León is going so well straight away. However, we had no summer holidays and everyone worked hard so we deserve it. Here the straights are not very long so we knew it was our chance and we had to capitalise on it which we clearly have done. As for tomorrow, I am never happy to have a BMW close to me at the start because they get away quickly. I hope for a good, clean start and then to stay in front and be consistent. I will be giving 110% to achieve the win."
Peter TERTING, SEAT Sport 2nd fastest
"It's the first time I have qualified and will start on the front row of the grid and this is great achievement for me. I am pleased that in my first year in this championship I am showing people that I am quick. The León works well and considering I have not a done a lot of testing I am really happy. For me and my engineer this morning was difficult because we had to learn a lot about the car and the changes we need to make. There were steps forward and backwards but in the end we went the right way for qualifying."
Dirk MÜLLER, BMW Team Deutschland 3rd fastest
"To be honest I wasn't really focused on qualifying so high. My target was 7th or 8th so I am really happy with 3rd. The handling of my car is quite good which is encouraging for tomorrow and I have a few changes in mind which should help. In terms of the Championship, yes I will be concentrating on scoring points because each one is important, but I will also be fighting for the win, I have to. My main competitors for the Championship are not too close behind me but you never know what will be the outcome of the reverse grid. Expect some close racing tomorrow."
Robert HUFF, Chevrolet Racing 4th fastest
"It would have been fantastic to start from the front row but 4th position is still a dream come true for the team. It's really what we needed and thanks to everyone who has put in the hard work to make it happen, it has all come together. I am confident with the car so I think I could be fighting for the podium positions. I can attack on this circuit and push hard so fingers crossed it will be Chevrolet's first podium this weekend."
Augusto FARFUS, Alfa Romeo Racing Team 6th fastest
"We have found a track which is totally different from last year, with new kerbs and run-off greens with artificial grass. Conditions change continuously and this has put us in trouble. However I'm confident for tomorrow. We have to work on the set-up and focus on recovering positions in the first race."
Tom CORONEL, GR Asia 11th fastest
"After Istanbul we changed from the 20 valve to the new 16 valve engine which doesn't affect power but does make a difference in pick-up so I can feel the difference. Qualifying was good, I made a little mistake in the first corner but I am really happy. Here if you are off the line you have no grip and so it's difficult to overtake. This means I won't be able to work through the field and challenge the works drivers but I will have to wait and see if people make some mistakes tomorrow."
Andy PRIAULX, BMW Team UK 15th fastest
"There are a number of things that have built up and I'm not comfortable and confident with the balance of the car which means I can't get the best out of my driving. I did make a mistake in qualifying which probably cost me five positions. It's now a question of finding the balance for tomorrow and we'll see what can happen. I was worried about the championship title before this weekend and obviously I have not given myself the best chance here but anything can happen and it usually does in motorsport. There is no way I am giving up tomorrow and I will fight hard."