Senna qualifies 10th for Renault

Vitaly Petrov - Grid 7“I am extremely pleased to qualify in P7. It was a tough start to the practice session this morning, as we had a few aero issues to cope with. The team then came into the qualifying session having prepared a very good car for me, and they made the right decisions. It looks like we have brought the right downforce package to this race, although we will have to wait until the race tomorrow before we see full evidence of that. We are very, very happy to be lining up on the grid with both cars right up where they should be, and I’m optimistic of having a good race tomorrow.”

Bruno Senna - Grid 10“I am satisfied with my performance because this was only my second qualifying session this year, and it was definitely a close shave getting into Q3. I was glad to have Vitaly as my reference today because I was struggling to find the right braking points in Q1 and Q2. I put a very respectable lap together at the end of Q2, and I was pleased that I was able to handle the pressure and slot into 10th position. If I had ran in Q3, I would have needed to use two sets of tyres, so I’m glad I was able to save them and hopefully that decision will stand me in good stead come tomorrow’s race. I would also like to thank the team for providing such a competitive car this weekend.”

Alan Permane, Renault chief race engineer“It was a good session for us today, and it was nice to have both cars through to Q3 in qualifying again. We have become increasingly confident over the last couple of weekends that our upgrade package was having the desired effect; the Monza wing package is working well and we have shown good straight line speed and reasonable lap time so we are confident of having a good race. I’m pleased with both drivers. I’m happy with Bruno for getting into Q3 again in only his second weekend as a race driver with us, but Vitaly did an excellent lap in Q2, and we took the choice to only let him run once during that middle session because we thought his lap was good enough. He had a fresh set for Q3, which allowed him to secure a good grid position; Bruno didn’t have a fresh set, and we elected for him not to run in order to save his tyres for the race. Realistically, we felt his best position would have been 10th anyway.”