Spanish GP - 3rd on the grid for Kimi
"It seems that taking third place in qualifying is now becoming a habit," Kimi said. "It's not a bad position, but obviously you always hope to be in front of everyone. On my second attempt, I was going very well but I lost time in the final sector, where the rear of the car was sliding a bit. I hope I will be able to make up some places, but I know it won't be easy. My feeling for the car is improving: there is still work to do, but it's going in the right direction."
Jean Todt said, "As has always been the case in this opening phase of the championship, we once again witnessed a very closely contested qualifying session. Thanks to a fantastic lap from Felipe, we have maintained a 100% record for pole this season and our great overall performance was confirmed with a third place for Kimi. We realize today is only the first hurdle out of the way as we aim for victory, while the hardest part is yet to come tomorrow afternoon. As usual, we will have to put all the elements together to meet our objectives: the start, the strategy, team work and reliability. Barcelona is the first race in Europe and we are here with various new elements on the car, as indeed have all the other teams. Also making an important contribution are our technical partners, first and foremost Shell."
Luca Baldisserri also said, "We struggled a little bit again this morning in the third free practice session, especially in doing a quick single lap. We made some choices in terms of set-up and strategy that we hope will work out for us tomorrow afternoon. The two types of Bridgestone tyre are pretty similar in terms of consistency of performance, but of course the softer one has the edge on the first lap. We could see different tyre use strategies to those we have so far with this season with the new rule format. What is certain is that it will be a very tight race. The two cars had not particular technical problems and we will do all we can to bring them home with the best result possible."