Chinese Qualifying Quotes I
Sebastian Vettel (1st, Q3 – 1m 33.706s)
“Today wasn’t as straightforward as we planned – especially in Q2; I made a bit of a mistake in the run I did then.
“It will be a long race, but I think we can be happy with the car. We did some good long runs on Friday and so we have a reason to feel good, but it’s also a threat to feel too good – so I pay attention that doesn’t happen.”
Mark Webber (18th, Q1 – 1m 36.468s)
“It’s a very frustrating day. We didn’t have a smooth P3 or Q1 and we paid the ultimate price at end of the day.
“I can’t remember the last time I was out in Q1; it was a long, long time ago, so it was a bad day for us.”
Jenson Button (2nd, Q3 – 1m 34.421s)
“After Q2, I thought we’d have a shot at pole today, but, looking at Sebastian’s final laptime, second place was realistically all we could do. Still, it’s great that we got two cars into the top three.
“For tomorrow, I think our race pace will be a little bit closer to Red Bull than our qualifying pace. We can have a good race from this grid position.”
Lewis Hamilton (3rd, Q3 – 1m 34.463s)
“Jenson did a fantastic job to put his car ahead of me, but I sacrificed a bit of my own pace to enable me to have a fresh set of options for the race. Of course, that was a compromise, but it means I’ll have a fresh set of tyres for one of the stints tomorrow.”
Nico Rosberg (4th, Q3 – 1m 34.670s)
“I’m happy with our performance and it was a good day for us. It’s clear that we have improved the car this weekend and I’m really pleased for everybody back at the factory.
“We have also worked hard on the race pace so there is every chance of a good race tomorrow.”
Michael Schumacher (14th, Q2 – 1m 36.457s)
“What a shame for me today as we have clearly demonstrated this weekend that as a team we have improved a lot. I didn’t quite get my lap together in Q2 and since then we have found out that my rear wing was not functioning correctly.
“I am obviously hoping to have a strong start and that we have good race pace tomorrow so I can hopefully make up some positions.”
Ross Brawn, Mercedes team principal
“The car has been much better this weekend and both drivers were in a good position going into qualifying today. It’s a shame for Michael this afternoon as it didn’t quite work out with the red flag and then his rear wing malfunctioned at the end of his crucial lap costing valuable time. Nico did a fantastic job this afternoon, firstly to get into Q3 in tricky circumstances, and then putting in a great lap on tyres which had already seen some usage.
Fernando Alonso (5th, Q3 – 1m 35.119s)
“I had not expected much more than this from qualifying. Fifth and sixth places represent the maximum we can aspire to in our current situation. We already knew all about Red Bull and McLaren, but here we saw an improvement from Mercedes, so the situation is now even more difficult.”
Felipe Massa (6th, Q3 – 1m 35.145s)
“It went a little bit better than inMalaysia, but we are still behind. Vettel’s performance is not surprising, whereas Webber’s definitely is. The McLarens are also quicker than us and Mercedes has improved and will be a very tough competitor tomorrow in the race.”
Stefano Domenicali, Ferrari team principal
“First of all on behalf of the whole team, I want to express our delight at the positive progress in the condition of Paolo Santarsiero, one of our mechanics who fell ill on Thursday with an aneurism in his head and was subsequently operated on at the Rui Jin hospital inShanghai. I wish to thank the entire medical team who acted so promptly and efficiently in carrying out the procedure. Incidents like this make one realise what the priorities really are in life and puts everything else into perspective.”
Pat Fry, Ferrari head of race track engineering
“Going into qualifying I would have said that the third row was the best we could aspire to because there are at least two cars that so far have proved to be quicker than ours. Today we saw that the Mercedes has also made a step forward and, honestly, we did not have sufficient pace to get ahead of it.”
Jaime Alguersuari (7th, Q3 – 1m 36.158s)
“I need to congratulate the team for doing a good job and choosing the right strategy to tackle this session. Getting Sebastien and myself into Q3 is definitely a success for the whole team as it was no easy task. We did not really expect to be there to be honest, looking at the speed of some of our rivals and the red flag in Q2 definitely helped us.”
Sebastien Buemi (9th, Q3 – 1m 36.203s)
“I am very happy for the team result, with two cars in the top ten. As for myself, I am a bit disappointed that, for the sake of half a tenth I have dropped from seventh to ninth.
“The first thing will be to make sure we get all the way to the end and if we do that, then I think it could be a good Grand Prix for us.”
Giorgio Ascanelli, Toro Rosso technical director
“Racing is a funny sport, given that on a weekend when our performance in free practice had not matched that in the first two races, we have ended up with both cars in Q3 in seventh and ninth places. The gaps in the midfield are very small and in general we have not been that competitive.