Qualifying, Formula 1 Gran Premio de España Pirelli 2016

Saturday 14 May, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya


Pascal  MRT05-03          Q1  P21  9 laps  1:25.745 

Rio  MRT05-01          Q1  P22  9 laps  1:25.939


Pascal Wehrlein:

“I think our qualifying performance was the maximum for us today. Our new developments are working well but even so we knew this track would not be our strongest because you really need a lot of downforce here and that’s an area where we still need to keep making improvements. Also it appears that we haven’t solved our degradation problems fully. I think this is where we are at this event but there will be some better tracks coming soon for us.”


Rio Haryanto:

“I’m disappointed today as we pushed really hard in practice and qualifying. We’ve definitely seen some improvements with the new parts we have for this race but not enough to get ahead of the teams we’re competing against at this particular circuit. Still, I’m very focused on tomorrow and after the frustration of Russia I’m looking forward to actually racing, then I hope we can have a stronger day.”


Dave Ryan, Racing Director:

“We have mixed feelings about our weekend here so far. On the one hand, there are some positive signs from our new developments. On the other, this was always going to be a tricky circuit for us to be able to demonstrate their benefit. We still have a lot of work to do to move us forward. Pascal and Rio did a good job today, so they’ll be disappointed with where they’re starting the race. Nevertheless, we’ve also seen them fighting hard in previous races to fight with the cars around us, so let’s see what tomorrow brings.”