copyright: HOCH ZWEI
Canadian Grand Prix Qualifying – Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“We’re definitely not out of the fight”
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Saturday June 11
6th 1m14.469s (+1.088s) 16 laps
Q1 4th 1m14.114s (on Primes)
Q2 5th 1m13.926s (on Options)
Q3 5th overall 1m13.565s (on Options)
“Personally, I was very happy with my lap: I don’t think I’ve ever driven a car as hard in my life as I did this afternoon. I was right on the ragged edge and I think I even touched the wall at one stage.
“But, even so, I managed only P5; that was all I could do. Nonetheless, I’m still hopeful that we’ll bring further improvements to the car soon – it’s just a matter of time.
“I hope our race pace will prove to be stronger tomorrow than our qualifying pace was today: we’re losing a couple of tenths along the back straight, which hurt us in qualifying. We’ve got a long seventh gear – a bit too long for qualifying perhaps – but that should be good for overtaking and will be a help when I’m slipstreaming as it means I won’t be on the limiter. That should enable me to challenge the guys in front of me, in fact.
“It’s going to be a tough afternoon tomorrow, but it’s always a long and unpredictable race here and we’re definitely not out of the fight.”
5th 1m14.335s (+0.954s) 18 laps
Q1 5th 1m14.374s (on Primes)
Q2 7th 1m13.955s (on Options)
Q3 7th overall 1m13.838s (on Options)
“We didn’t quite have the pace that we’d hoped for – and that’s a little frustrating. My last lap in Q3 was looking really good – but then I overdrove, started locking up and lost a bit of time. I was very close to pipping Nico