· Valtteri Bottas qualified third and Felipe Massa fifth for tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix.
· Both cars made it through Q1 on the prime tyre before needing only one option tyre run each in Q2 to safely make it into the top ten shootout.
· Neither driver had a chance to improve on their final runs in Q3 as the session was red flagged following an accident for Kvyat.
Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: The important point to make first is that Kvyat is ok, after what was a big accident. Without the red flag we could have taken third and fourth, and that was our target coming into the session. It was a great team effort throughout the whole day and we have a competitive car. The longer runs look good and we have to convert qualifying into a strong points score over our competitors tomorrow.
Valtteri Bottas: I’m really happy to be third again in Suzuka. It has been a good day. We made some changes after FP3 and those changes were exactly what we needed, so as a team we have really performed well. I feel comfortable with the car and around here that is very important. I enjoyed the session a lot. We have limited data on tyre wear due to the conditions yesterday, but starting third we need to target the podium tomorrow.
Felipe Massa: It was a good qualifying where we managed to save a set of tyres for tomorrow. The car was competitive even if I didn’t get to show its full pace due to the red flag in Q3. After such a big accident it’s good to see Daniil jump out of the car. We have a long race tomorrow which we are looking forward to and I believe we can deliver a strong performance.
Track Suzuka, Japan Weather Warm and Dry
Lap Length 5.807kms / 3.608 miles Temperature Air: 26-28°C Track: 32-37°C
Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1. N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:33.015 (2nd) 1:32.632 (1st) 1:32.584
2. L. Hamilton Mercedes 1:32.844 (1st) 1:32.789 (2nd) 1:32.660
3. V. Bottas WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING 1:34.326 (4th) 1:33.416 (5th) 1:33.024
5. F. Massa WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING 1:34.744 (10th) 1:33.377 (4th) 1:33.337