After topping FP3, it actually did appear Verstappen’s qualifying to lose and so it proved, the Dutchman laying down a mighty last lap to seize his fourth profession pole by an enormous 4 tenths of a second. He’s performed every part requested of him to date this weekend, and now simply must ship on race day. As for Perez, he had a a lot trickier night. After seeing his first lap time deleted in Q2 for exceeding observe limits, the stress was on and the Mexican opted to stay on the slower medium tyre for his subsequent run. The observe ramped up, the soft-shod runners swept forward and that left Perez tumbling down the order and out of the highest 10 on his qualifying debut for Crimson Bull. He has all of it to do tomorrow.
Max Verstappen, 1st, 1:28.997
“It’s an ideal feeling to be on pole and I haven’t skilled a season begin like this. After the victory in Abu Dhabi the entire Workforce has been pushing actually exhausting and much more motivated. There may be nonetheless no assure for the remainder of the yr however everybody right here and again on the manufacturing unit have performed an ideal job to offer me a automotive like this and they need to be very proud. Honda have additionally been working very exhausting this winter, identical to yearly. They’re flat out the entire time and like us they only wish to win. It’s actually pleasing working with them and they’re very passionate which I like, so an enormous credit score to Honda for the consequence at the moment as they’ve had an ideal winter. After testing it’s at all times troublesome to know the place you’re and we actually didn’t understand how it might be in qualifying however when you will have a lap like that in Q3 and such a very good feeling within the automotive you could be completely happy. We’ve to complete it off tomorrow but when I can have a very good begin I’m assured we are able to do a very good job.”
Sergio Perez, 11th, 1:30.659
“Congratulations to Max and the Workforce on pole place as that’s the proper option to begin the season. On my facet I wasn’t anticipating to qualify in eleventh and clearly it’s not a great begin however we’re making progress and I made a very good step between FP3 and qualifying, it simply wasn’t sufficient. We had been completely proper to make use of the medium tyres in Q2 however sadly it simply didn’t repay and I didn’t ship the lap I ought to have. I went vast at Flip 13 and misplaced a few tenths and the sphere is so tight that it knocked me out of Q3. It’s a disgrace as the additional kilometres and comparability to Max would have helped me to progress however tomorrow is a brand new day and something can occur round this observe so hopefully we are able to make a very good restoration.”
Christian Horner, Workforce Principal
“It’s implausible to start out the season this fashion, our first pole on the opening spherical since 2013 and Honda’s first since Senna in 1991. You by no means actually know the place you’re on the first race of the yr when the gas comes out and the engine modes are turned up. It was nip and tuck in Q2 and it regarded like Mercedes had a small benefit on the medium tyre however then Max got here again on the softs. Sergio was unlucky to simply miss out on making it via to Q3. He’s bought an enormous quantity of maturity and expertise and he’s adapting nicely. He’s solely had 1.5 days of testing and every part could be very new for him when it comes to how the automotive feels, however he will probably be aggressive within the race tomorrow and shouldn’t be counted out. The entire Workforce labored tremendously exhausting over the winter to place us on this place and Honda and ExxonMobil have additionally performed a stellar job for us. Tomorrow goes to be very tight and Mercedes have turned it up, everybody wrote them off two weeks in the past they usually’re proper up there as we anticipated. Will probably be a large problem for us to beat them however we’re ranging from the absolute best place.”
The Silver Arrows regarded off the tempo of Crimson Bull yesterday, and finally wound up four-tenths adrift underneath the lights in Sakhir. However there have been some glimmers of hope in there, with Hamilton truly getting the beating of Verstappen on the medium compound tyre in Q2, and the truth that they’ve two drivers up on the sharp finish able to pressurise the Dutchman. Add in that on race tempo they give the impression of being a lot nearer to their rivals, and all is just not misplaced forward of the primary race of the season.
Lewis Hamilton, 2nd, 1:29.385
“Max did an ideal lap, almost zero.four is an enormous hole so we now have some work to do! The automotive was feeling good in Q1 and Q2, we took till the final minute looking for the suitable set-up and it felt candy. Simply on the finish I could not get any extra from it however nonetheless, it was thrilling. I am immensely pleased with everybody. We have labored very exhausting during the last week to try to perceive the package deal that we now have. We made some steps ahead however we could not compete with that final lap Max did. P2 places us able to trigger Crimson Bull bother tomorrow.”
Valtteri Bottas, third, 1:29.586
“As we speak was rather a lot higher than testing. All through qualifying I used to be feeling increasingly more comfy. At the least we’re nearer to Crimson Bull than we had been in testing. We’ve two automobiles to battle towards one Crimson Bull tomorrow. I had to make use of two units of tyres in Q1 so I solely had one new set for Q3 which put me at an obstacle. However ranging from third at this observe is not dangerous so I am trying ahead to it. Crimson Bull appear to have extra stability, significantly within the wind. We’ve two automobiles within the prime three so we are able to undoubtedly nonetheless combat for the win.”
Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport
“We’re very excited to have an actual combat on our fingers. Six totally different groups within the prime 10 at the moment and it is clear that merely being “good” is not going to be adequate this yr. However within the last yr of those laws it’s essential to push the needle additional to not solely beat Crimson Bull but in addition among the different groups. It is simply what the physician ordered!”
Andrew Shovlin, Trackside Engineering Director
“It is disappointing on the first race to be a zero.4s hole to pole however a minimum of we all know the efficiency we have to discover going ahead. It is also no secret that we have been scuffling with the automotive round this circuit; it is nowhere close to as simple to work with because the W11 however everybody in Brackley and Brixworth has been working exhausting because the take a look at and we have learnt rather a lot concerning the W12 and located a extra predicable stability, even when we’re missing total tempo. We would wished to get each automobiles onto the medium tyre to start out the race which we managed to fairly safely. Valtteri was a bit compromised within the last session by having used an additional delicate within the first session however total, it was good effort by the crew and drivers, and will put us in a powerful place for tomorrow. It is exhausting to learn the place we’re on race tempo from the Friday lengthy runs as we did not land the automotive in the suitable window however we’re pretty assured we have improved the rear grip so will probably be much less of a handful within the race. We would not be on pole however we now have two automobiles on the entrance and an additional set of the exhausting tyres, so hopefully we are able to create some alternatives from that.”
Two Ferrari automobiles within the prime 10 in qualifying was a sight for sore eyes, the Scuderia final having managed that feat at Silverstone final season. However extra was to return, with Leclerc nailing his one flying lap in Q3 to steal that coveted ‘better of the remainder’ P4 grid slot. Sainz suffered engine points in Q1 however recovered nicely to observe his crew mate into the highest 10 shootout, coming residence a reputable eight in his first qualifying for his new crew.
Charles Leclerc, 4th, 1:29.678
“We all know now the place we’re when it comes to qualy tempo and it’s a nice shock, as we didn’t count on to be right here, however at the moment we have to hold our ft on the bottom. It’s solely the primary qualy of the yr and it’s run in very unusual situations.
I believe we needs to be happy as a crew with the step we made since final yr, so to be to date ahead on the grid feels nice. I’ve been struggling in FP2 and FP3 as I couldn’t discover the sensation with the automotive however I labored quite a bit on the driving and in qualy I used to be truly fairly assured I might have the ability to do the lap I wished.
“I really feel assured for tomorrow however it’s going to be troublesome as different automobiles round us appear to be very sturdy when it comes to race tempo and are beginning on mediums, so it’s going to be difficult to maintain them behind. Additionally, it’s not going to be simple due to the wind, however that’s the identical for everybody.”
Carlos Sainz, eighth, 1:30.215
“A really constructive day for the crew. I believe we could be proud of the place we’re. We had that very huge shock in Q1, with the automotive turning off, however fortunately I may begin it once more and made it to the pits. It’s not at all times simple to get well from that, however we managed to have a really sturdy Q2. I’m clearly not proud of my final try in Q3. I went for it, however I’m in all probability missing a bit extra data on the automotive and I couldn’t put collectively a clear lap. It’s what it’s. Normally, although, I’m completely happy. I’ve been bettering all through the periods, with good tempo and only a few errors so I wish to hold gaining expertise with the automotive and constructing confidence on a one-timed lap.
“There will probably be time to analyse qualifying in depth subsequent week, however now I wish to swap my full focus to tomorrow’s race. I’m trying ahead to my first ever race with the crew and we’ll give our greatest to achieve positions and end as excessive as doable.”
Laurent Mekies, Racing Director
“An excellent qualifying session, with each drivers getting via to the ultimate half: one thing we now have not seen since Silverstone final yr. Charles, Carlos and the entire crew have tackled the beginning of the season working methodically and with dedication, going into the smallest element to get all of the potential out of the package deal. As we speak, we noticed the primary fruits of this work and we hope to see extra tomorrow, when the factors are given out. We all know there’s nonetheless a number of work to be performed, however we can’t deny that the primary actual comparability with our opponents proves that our efforts appear to be getting into the suitable course, though a clearer image of the hierarchy will solely emerge after three or 4 races. Now we now have to concentrate on getting ready for what will probably be a protracted and troublesome race, run in situations that may very well be very totally different to these we now have seen to date this weekend.”
After Tsunoda lit up the timing screens in FP3, it was all eyes on AlphaTauri as qualifying started. Each drivers regarded good in Q1, however discovered themselves on the cusp of the highest 10 in Q2 after opting to boldly run the medium compound tyres. Popping out for his or her last laps, the crew made the even braver choice to go once more on the mediums. It paid off for Gasly who made the highest 10, however not the rookie. Tsunoda couldn’t discover the grip when it mattered and was a shock Q2 faller.
Pierre Gasly, fifth, 1:29.809
“I’m actually happy with my efficiency at the moment, it’s considered one of my greatest qualifying positions I’ve had with the crew. For the primary race of the yr it’s vital for us to indicate some good potential for the season forward and I believe we’ve managed to try this at the moment. Solely utilizing the medium tyre in Q2 was an enormous threat, however we managed to make it work, and hopefully we are able to use this to our benefit tomorrow within the race. I’ll attempt to benefit from the place we’re ranging from on the grid– I believe there’s clearly a chance for us and I’ll do every part doable to get as many factors as I can for the crew.”
Yuki Tsunoda, 13th, 1:31.203
“I’m a bit dissatisfied if I’m sincere, I confirmed I had the tempo on the medium tyre in Q1 and I felt assured with our technique going into Q2, however I simply didn’t have the grip throughout these last laps. It’s a disgrace to not be beginning the race additional up the grid however we all know the race tempo is there, so let’s see what we are able to do tomorrow. I’ll analyse the information tonight with my engineers, forward of the race tomorrow, as I’m persevering with to be taught from each lap that I full. There are nonetheless a lot of positives to take-away from at the moment – it was my first System 1 qualifying session and I’m feeling assured within the automotive. I believe we’re nonetheless in an inexpensive place and have the potential to make our method ahead in the course of the race.”
Jody Egginton, Technical Director
“We had been pretty proud of the efficiency of each automotive’s this morning – having handled the issue on Yuki’s automotive in a single day – and each drivers appeared proud of their automobiles throughout FP3. Qualifying takes place throughout cooler observe situations right here in Bahrain, however each automobiles carried out nicely in Q1. Yuki and Pierre accomplished sturdy laps on the delicate tyre, so we determined to optimise the race-start units, by having each automobiles on to the medium compound for Q2. Pierre made that work – he was considered one of 4 drivers to get via to Q3 on the mediums – nonetheless, Yuki wasn’t in a position to extract one of the best from the tyre within the second session. He’s put in a very good efficiency already this weekend, so I’m actually happy with that. Pierre had two sturdy runs on the delicate tyre in Q3 and is beginning in a very good place tomorrow to select up some nice factors. I’m actually trying ahead to the race now.”
After a lacklustre FP3 which noticed each drivers down the order, qualifying was a significantly better present from the Woking-based crew. Two automobiles into the highest 10, and it was the brand new boy Ricciardo who ended up pipping his crew mate by simply zero.zero47s to sixth on the grid. Dropping behind a Ferrari and an AlphaTauri wasn’t a part of the plan, however it’s a strong sufficient opening for the crew as they search a very good begin to their defence of third within the constructors’ championship tomorrow.
Daniel Ricciardo, sixth, 1:29.927
“It’s a nice aid to get the primary quali out of the best way and get a good consequence. I believe, after the take a look at, I used to be pretty comfy within the automotive however in all probability extra so on lengthy runs. I nonetheless felt that, if something, my Saturdays had been going to wish bettering – and I believe they nonetheless do – however I definitely made a pleasant step from a few weeks in the past and I’m completely happy. We have got a very good platform to construct on now, I’m actually proud of how we approached it as a crew, not placing an excessive amount of stress on me. We had been a bit off the tempo yesterday, however they might see I used to be simply attempting to determine it out.
“I don’t wish to do somersaults or backflips simply but, however it’s definitely a pleasant begin for the marketing campaign and I believe we’ll do alright tomorrow. There’s a mixture of automobiles round us, so I’m trying ahead to that, and with Lando alongside hopefully we are able to get some huge factors for the crew and begin the yr proper.”
Lando Norris, seventh, 1:29.974
“Tough qualifying, simply because it’s very shut between everybody. First one of many season, so I believe we’re fairly proud of sixth and seventh for the crew and attending to see the place the automotive is – it’s a very good place for tomorrow. It’s in all probability a bit extra of a race observe than a qualifying observe, so hopefully, after focusing a bit bit on that all through the weekend, we could be sturdy tomorrow.”
Andreas Seidl, Workforce Principal
“We’ve bought off to a very good begin in our first qualifying session of the yr. Nice work from the entire crew, together with our colleagues from Mercedes, which allowed us to execute three excellent qualifying periods. Each drivers put in wonderful laps to get us into Q3 after which to P6 and P7 on the grid. We noticed the anticipated shut battle between ourselves and a number of other different groups – and that makes for an thrilling race tomorrow. Our lengthy runs have been good to date, each in testing and free follow, so we’re going into the race assured in our means to compete for good factors.”
It was a combined bag from Alpine, who nonetheless haven’t fairly carried out as their testing tempo advised. Ocon was one other driver to be caught out by yellow flags and visitors in Q1, and will probably be dissatisfied with P16 on the grid. Alonso used all his expertise to steer his A521 into Q3, however as soon as there may solely get on the tempo of the Aston Martin. Alpine look to have dropped behind arch-rivals McLaren in the meanwhile, however it’s early days within the 2021 season…
Fernando Alonso, ninth, 1:30.249
“We’ve to be happy with our qualifying session at the moment. I wasn’t completely assured with the automotive stability in any of the follow periods this weekend. In qualifying, although, the temperature was rather a lot cooler and I used to be in a position to assault and really feel the automotive a bit bit higher. It was actually thrilling to drive these automobiles once more with low gas and peak efficiency from the tyres. Qualifying is at all times superb to expertise in System 1 and I’ve missed that feeling! The plan for tomorrow is to assault and rating factors. We’ll attempt to make up some positions from our beginning spot however we now have to be cautious of the automobiles round us as a few of our opponents are beginning on the medium tyres so will probably be a detailed race.”
Esteban Ocon, 16th, 1:31.724
“It was a really disappointing qualifying on our facet of the storage. Sadly, the yellow flag meant I needed to elevate off via sector two and I misplaced numerous lap time consequently. It’s unlucky as there was tempo for lots extra at the moment. I believe as a crew we’ve labored nicely all weekend in the course of the follow periods and had a very good arrange on the automotive for qualifying, so it’s disappointing to not present our potential. Tomorrow, we nonetheless goal factors. Something can occur and we’ll push exhausting to make up some locations and comeback. The weekend is just not over.”
Davide Brivio, Racing Director
“We’ve combined feelings after at the moment’s qualifying with Fernando in ninth and Esteban in 16th. On a constructive facet, it was good to see Fernando going into Q3 and that’s a very good begin to the season for him. Nonetheless, it was dangerous luck for Esteban to not make it additional than Q1 with a yellow flag hindering his second run. The potential was there for a strong crew consequence. Tomorrow is race day and we’ll attempt to push much more. We’ve made good points in every session to date this weekend, so let’s see what occurs when the lights exit.”
Aston Martin hadn’t proven their full hand in any respect in Sakhir, so qualifying was a step into the unknown. Sadly, the type of their new driver stays simply that, Vettel’s flying lap in Q1 ruined by yellow flags. That meant the German departed on the first time of asking, however Stroll ultimately saved the crew’s blushes by making Q3. Beginning on outdated delicate tyres although, he’s going to have a troublesome time of it tomorrow to maintain the Crimson Bull of Perez behind from the off.
Sebastian Vettel, 18th, 1:32.056
“I believe it’s truthful to say the consequence at the moment is disappointing and never what we wished. My first lap in Q1 had fairly a little bit of margin for enchancment, however on my second run there have been two yellow flags, which made it inconceivable to progress to Q2. There was a yellow flag at flip one and one later within the lap too. I used to be simply unfortunate with my place on the observe. On a constructive be aware, the automotive felt higher in qualifying and all of the work we now have performed since testing is taking us in a very good course, so we now have the potential to be quicker. Despite the fact that we aren’t beginning the place we wish to be, it’s tomorrow that counts. Our job is to maximise all of the alternatives and see what occurs.”
Lance Stroll, 10th, 1:30.601
“It was a very good combat on the market at the moment and it’s clear that the midfield has grow to be even nearer this yr as a result of a misplaced tenth or two will put you in Q2. The AMR21 felt good, however we now have bought loads of work forward to maintain bettering and to try to push again in direction of the highest finish of Q3. I’m actually excited to get going for tomorrow’s race as a result of the primary race is at all times a bit bit unpredictable and thrilling. We’re beginning inside the highest 10 and with a very good begin, sturdy tyre administration and nicely executed technique, we are able to goal some good factors tomorrow. We simply have to go away tonight, get our heads down, and carry on bettering our understanding of the automotive.”
Otmar Szafnauer, Workforce Principal & CEO
“Lance carried out nicely and did a very good job to make it into Q3 at the moment, whereas Sebastian’s consequence was out of his fingers to a big extent. In Q3, our tyre technique meant Lance was solely in a position to run as soon as, however 10th on the grid leaves him nicely positioned for tomorrow and he will probably be within the hunt for factors. Sebastian was unlucky to return throughout two yellow flags on his last push lap, which finally value him a spot in Q2. Overtaking is feasible right here so we’ll strive our greatest to make use of technique to assist Sebastian combat his method via the sphere tomorrow.”
Alfa Romeo appear to have a made a step up because the off season, helped by a extra highly effective Ferrari PU. Each drivers made Q2 with ease and whereas they couldn’t go any additional, P12 and free tyre selection is a really respectable begin to the season for Giovinazzi. With Raikkonen simply behind, these two may nonetheless mount a problem for the factors tomorrow.
Kimi Raikkonen, 14th, 1:31.238
“Not a foul consequence for the primary qualifying of the yr: after all, it may have been a bit higher, as I made a few small errors right here and there in my laps, however it may have been rather a lot worse. We made a couple of modifications to the automotive after the morning to anticipate the situations and maybe they didn’t work in addition to we anticipated, however we’re nonetheless in a very good place for the race. We’ll have to see how the climate is tomorrow, do our greatest and see what we are able to get out of the race. We’re assured our package deal is healthier and we are able to combat for a very good consequence.”
Antonio Giovinazzi, 12th, 1:30.708
“We could be actually proud of this consequence as tomorrow we’ll begin simply exterior the highest 10 and with a free selection of tyres. We’ve an excellent alternative to realize a very good consequence as we noticed how our efficiency was near the automobiles forward of us. As we speak helps us verify the constructive feeling we had after testing: we now have improved in comparison with final yr and we really feel we are able to have much more enjoyable this season. Our focus is now all on tomorrow: will probably be difficult, particularly with the wind, however we are able to carry residence a very good consequence. We have to put every part collectively – technique, begin, pit stops – and get the utmost out of our automobiles, however we are able to undoubtedly goal for the factors.”
Frédéric Vasseur, Workforce Principal
“Our goal was to place each automobiles in Q2 and we did it. We even bought actually near the highest 10 and to overlook out on Q3 for lower than a tenth actually exhibits the progress we now have made in comparison with final yr. It’s a very good reward for the crew after the great work put in over the winter. We’ve confirmed that our optimism after testing was well-founded and that we is usually a lot extra aggressive this season. There’s nonetheless a number of work to be performed, nonetheless. We have to hold effective tuning our package deal to have the ability to be persistently within the prime ten and usually combat for factors, however we now have undoubtedly made some huge strikes in the suitable course.”
Mr Saturday was at it once more, Russell not simply out-qualifying his crew mate as soon as once more but in addition making it to Q2. As soon as there, he solely ran as soon as and couldn’t fairly get on the tempo of the Alfa Romeo however it’s nonetheless a good begin. Latifi managed to beat the Haas pair however may have a protracted afternoon of it in direction of the again of the sphere.
George Russell, 15th, 1:33.430
“That efficiency was absolutely the most at the moment and I’m actually completely happy. Despite the fact that we now have made a step nearer to the entrance of the sphere, the Alfa has made an excellent larger step, so I wasn’t anticipating to get into Q2 at the moment. I’m actually happy we managed to place a clear lap collectively, get probably the most out of it and sneak into Q2. It’s going to be a troublesome, lengthy race however we have to capitalise the place we are able to and never make any errors.”
Nicholas Latifi, 17th, 1:31.936
“It was robust at the moment and I’m not fully happy. We’ve been struggling all weekend to search out the suitable stability of the automotive, in addition to get some consistency and driveability. Nonetheless, the qualifying session for me was one of the best the automotive has felt to date this weekend. The wind switched round 180 levels and the automotive dealt with fully in a different way, however I nonetheless struggled on the market. Will probably be a protracted and thrilling race tomorrow although and we’ll see what we are able to do.”
Dave Robson, Head of Car Efficiency
“Following a strong follow session within the warmth of the afternoon, each drivers had been moderately proud of their automobiles and prepared for the qualifying session. We knew that the tyres would behave in a different way within the cooler situations of the night and we had been additionally acutely aware of the large change in wind course. To get probably the most out of the Q1 session we opted to finish three runs so that every driver may get a really feel for the totally different situations earlier than they attacked the ultimate run exhausting and with confidence. We had combined fortunes with the yellow flags on the finish of Q1 with Nicholas being unable to make use of DRS on the ultimate straight consequently, however George largely unaffected.
“George accomplished a wonderful lap and, with some drivers lacking out because of the yellows, he set a time fast sufficient for a spot in Q2. Our choice to run 3 times in Q1 meant that we had no new Smooth tyres left, however nonetheless, making Q2 was a wonderful consequence and we are able to now plan to race with the Alfa Romeos and probably with Tsunoda. Nicky couldn’t fairly extract the identical efficiency as George on this event, however he’ll begin solely two locations again, and given his sturdy excessive gas tempo, he has a great opportunity to race with George.
“The final couple of weeks in Bahrain have been intense and busy, however the crew have labored very exhausting and consequently achieved a creditable consequence at the moment, outpacing some basically faster automobiles. The dedication of all those that have been in Bahrain because the take a look at, in addition to all those that have supported from the UK, is excellent and testomony to an ideal crew spirit.”
Mazepin had a difficult begin to his F1 qualifying profession, spinning twice in Q1 and even bringing out the yellows because the chequered flag fell which foiled a couple of flying laps from his rivals. Schumacher had a extra composed session however couldn’t get on the tempo of Williams, however a minimum of had the comfort of successful the intra-team battle.
Mick Schumacher, 19th, 1:32.449
“I loved the expertise rather a lot. Normally, I used to be proud of my efficiency at the moment, I’d say I used to be about 95 % proud of my lap. I had one little second with it the place I felt I may have performed higher. To be sincere, after having had a disruptive run, it was sort of okay. The automotive had felt good coming from FP3 and the communication with the crew was actually good. There’s undoubtedly room for enchancment on my facet, so I’m simply trying ahead to with the ability to get into one other qualifying quickly. The race goes to be fascinating as we see how the automobiles are going to behave in windier situations. My major focus is to be taught and to achieve expertise and construct on that for the long run.”
Nikita Mazepin, 20th, 1:33.273
“The situations in qualifying had been very difficult, they’d modified rather a lot from FP3. Clearly, the temperature had dropped down and the wind had circled, and these System 1 automobiles are very wind-affected. I had a difficulty with my brake-by-wire and I locked-up on the rears at Flip 1. The pedal simply went lengthy, it’s one thing we have to look into. It wasn’t one thing I anticipated, and I hadn’t had it occur earlier than driving within the take a look at right here or in follow. Hopefully that gained’t occur tomorrow. There’s nonetheless a lot to search for however this was at all times going to be troublesome coming into qualifying.”
Guenther Steiner, Workforce Principal
“We had been fairly proud of our efficiency earlier in FP3. We bought every part performed that we wished to do – it was troublesome circumstances with the warmth, however the guys did a very good job. Then in qualifying, perhaps not everyone noticed, however we had each automobiles stopped on the FIA weighbridge. We wished to do three runs every with each automobiles, however the time will get very quick to do them – we couldn’t do all that. With Nikita, with dashing, one thing went flawed along with his brake-by-wire setting. That’s when on his third try he spun – his rear brakes locked up. All-in-all the consequence doesn’t look nice, however the guys now have their first qualifying underneath their belt. They skilled about all the problems you’ll be able to have in qualifying – not least each of them getting stopped on the weighbridge, that was a brand new one for us. At the least they understand how do to that now.”
Mario Isola, Head of F1 and Automotive Racing
“As soon as extra there was an enormous distinction between the day and evening periods, which made the technique and set-up calculations extra sophisticated. There are a variety of doable race methods, relying additionally on the tyres every driver has out there. Nonetheless, there have been a number of groups that felt the medium tyre was the most suitable choice to start out the race on tomorrow: 4 of the highest 10 will begin the race on the yellow medium C3 compound, together with the highest three, and this can give them extra strategic choices. Nonetheless, there are a variety of choices and the cooler temperatures anticipated tomorrow would possibly combine up the methods much more. The brand new System 2 format, with two races at the moment, had been additionally fascinating. There have been some spectacular runs on the delicate tyre within the second race particularly, as a part of an alternate technique that helped some drivers make huge good points from the again of the sphere – influenced additionally by the security automotive.”