All ära till Mercedes som toppar listorna. Och all ära till Ferrari som ser riktigt spännande ut (lite sån för en gångs skull). Och varför inte till Williams som alltid är kul att se högt upp på listorna. Och många andra efter det spännande kvalet.
Men två stall sticker ut. Sauber är ju kul att höra ifrån efter de senaste dagarna, och på grund av Marcus i stallet. Och McLaren som parkerar sig sist.. Så här kommenterar de kvalificeringen i sina Q reports;
Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
Sauber C34-Ferrari (Chassis 02/Ferrari)
Qualifying: 16th in Q1 (1:31.376 min / soft tyres)
3rd practice: 12th (1:30.613 min / soft tyres / 21 laps)
“It was a disappointing session for me being P16, and we cannot be satisfied with this result. I had quite a good feeling in the car yesterday, but today I have been struggeling to feel confident, especially in the braking zones. We need to analise the data tonight to see what we have changed from yesterday, so that we can learn from that and fight back during the race. Tomorrow is a new day.”
Felipe Nasr (car number 12):
Sauber C34-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari)
Qualifying: 11th in Q2 (1:28.800 min / soft tyres)
3rd practice: 10th (1:29.934 min / soft tyres / 24 laps)
“As a team we can be happy that we nearly made it into Q3. Missing FP1 on Friday affected the performance of the car to a certain extent, and I also had less time getting to know the new track
in Melbourne. All in all I am satisfied with the result and I am looking forward to the race. Tomorrow is an important day with it being my first ever Formula One race, and we are going to push for points.”
Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“It was a strong first qualifying for the team. We are pleased to confirm the positive impression from the winter tests. It is also nice to see the car further in front, which gives the team additional motivation. We are going into the race with good prospects for a positive result.“
Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“The early afternoon session allowed us to recover some of the mileage we lost yesterday. So we were able to sort out the balance of the car. However, both drivers were caught out by the change in the weather conditions in Q1, so the session was not as good as we wanted it to be. It took a while to get the car back on pace. Unfortunately Marcus got stuck in Q1. We just made it with Felipe. Then in the next session, by building more confidence in the car, he did a good job and was able to clinch 11th position, which we can be pleased with as a starting point. We had a bit of an issue with the braking performance, which particularly affected Marcus in the third free practice session and cost him some confidence. However, overall it was a good day, and we are approaching the race with confidence.“
JENSON BUTTON, MP4-30-01
“This level of performance wasn’t a surprise for us: we knew from winter testing that the pace wasn’t there, so we knew we weren’t going to be competitive here.
“However, there’s a good feeling about the car – I know we’re so far off, but the basic car is there beneath me, and we’re adding to our experience and learning with every lap we do.
“And that’s really impressed me – we’ve gone through our first race weekend together, and we’ve managed to solve each issue that’s confronted us. There’s just a lot of work needed to add power and downforce – but this is an important car for the future of McLaren-Honda.
“It’s going to be a really difficult race for us – we haven’t done a race distance yet, and my longest run is 12 laps – but we want to do the best we can because there’s so much learning to be had.
“It’ll be a tough day, but we’ll be doing our absolute best.”
KEVIN MAGNUSSEN, MP4-30-03
“Things were going well on my first run in Q1. Then, on my second run, I had a slight problem with the engine – it didn’t really matter, as we’d have needed a bit of luck to get into Q2.
“For tomorrow’s race, we’re not really focused on getting points – they’re not really on the cards for us – but we’ll go racing tomorrow to try and learn. We haven’t done a full race distance yet, so progress tomorrow will be important. If we can finish, we’ll learn a lot; and, even if we don’t, there’ll still be something useful to take home.
“This isn’t where we want to be, but we’re not ready to win races yet. We’ll put our heads down and keep learning, and we’ll try and take as much experience and knowledge from the race tomorrow as we can.”
ERIC BOULLIER – Racing director, McLaren-Honda
“I need hardly say that everyone at McLaren-Honda is enormously dissatisfied with today’s qualifying result.
“We’ve got a mountain to climb, but all I can say is: climb that mountain we certainly will.
“McLaren exists to win. That ambition burns as brightly now as ever it has. Equally, racing is ingrained in Honda’s corporate culture. Throughout its history, on two wheels and four, Honda has raced and won at the very highest levels. And the bespoke new racing R&D facility at Sakura is state-of-the-art.
“So Honda will do whatever is required to win, and so will McLaren. And win, eventually, we definitely will.”
YASUHISA ARAI – Honda R&D senior managing officer – chief officer of motorsport
“First of all, I must thank both drivers for maintaining their faith and determination – we’re not where we want to be, but their input and positivity are really helping the whole team push forward.
“Unfortunately, today’s higher temperatures didn’t help the conservative data mapping settings that we chose to run this weekend. From the outset, we took the decision not to gamble any engines away in the opening race, so there’ll be more to come from us.
“McLaren and Honda have come a long way together since the beginning of this project, but we still have a long way to go. However, I’m sure that we’ll continue to make progress – and that first step starts in the race tomorrow.”