The grey skies and rain showers of this morning cleared to deliver dry conditions forqualifying for tomorrow’s second Japanese Grand Prix to be held at the 4.5km FujiSpeedway. Unfortunately, neither AT&T Williams driver was able to translate somepromising form shown in practice into a place in the top ten, however. For his first homeGrand Prix, Kazuki Nakajima will start from P14, one step ahead of team mate NicoRosberg who will line up in 15th .
Kazuki Nakajima:After a strong run in the practice sessions that was a difficult qualifying, but we did do ourbest. I don’t think that this afternoon’s conditions suited the car that much and sometraffic interrupted my last run, which didn’t help me either. We now need to prepare agood strategy for tomorrow’s race.
Nico Rosberg:It wasn’t very nice to qualify 15 th today, especially having come from Singapore where Ifinished on the podium, but that’s the reality. We’ve struggled a bit this weekend, but wewere expecting to be less competitive here as we just seem to be missing something onthese types of circuits. I’m keeping my expectations for the race in check, particularly if itstays dry, but we could have a better chance of doing well if it rains. I’m happy with myqualifying lap though, and Kazuki’s been doing a really good job all weekend. He’s beena little bit quicker than me and I’m pleased for him as he’s in front of his home crowd. Butthis weekend isn’t over yet; we’ll see what tomorrow brings.
Sam Michael, Technical Director:Obviously this isn’t the best track for us. We took both cars through to Q2, but we weren’tstrong enough to get into Q3 here. Fuji delivered a very interesting race last year, sowe’ll now work towards the most advantageous strategies possible for our positions andsee if we can’t get something out of the race.