Renault qualify well for Home GP

Fernando Alonso“The times were very tight today, in both Q1 and Q2, but I made it through to Q3 and was able to set a good time. The car has really improved and so for the first time this season we have the real chance to fight for the podium. The Ferraris are certainly a step ahead, but we will give our maximum to get a good result tomorrow.”

Nelson Piquet“It’s frustrating to miss out on Q3, but we didn’t anticipate the behaviour of the soft tyres which turned out be slower than we thought. But at least we have the chance to adopt the ideal strategy for the race tomorrow and I hope we can benefit from that because it is particularly difficult to overtake here.  The times were very close today, but the car behaved well and I think we can be on the pace in normal race conditions, and I will do my best to try and score my first points tomorrow.”

Pat Symonds, Executive Director of Engineering“A good qualifying session after our strong form in practice earlier in the weekend. Obviously we are thrilled with Fernando’s second row starting position and I believe he has a real chance of fighting for the podium tomorrow. And let’s not forget Nelson’s performance: he was just 0.05s away from making Q3. It’s a great effort from him as well.”

Denis Chevrier, Head of Engine Track Operations “We had a good qualifying session today and our result confirms what we were hoping to see. The times in the session were very tight, but we thought we could aim for the top 5 and so with Fernando’s performance we can hope for a great race tomorrow. Nelson had a few difficulties with his tyres and so will start the race from 10th on the grid with an adaptable strategy which gives him a real chance of scoring some points.”

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