16 April

Chinese GP Qualifying

Qualifying Notes
Valtteri Bottas qualified fifth and Felipe Massa 11th for the Chinese Grand Prix
Felipe missed out on making it through to Q3 after a red flag brought Q2 to a premature end
Valtteri set his fastest time of the weekend so far on his final run in Q3.

Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: If we start with the positives, and I think there were plenty of them, It was a really great lap from Valtteri. He dragged the most out of the car and Im very happy with that, as was he when he crossed the line. So thats absolutely fantastic. Weve actually moved up a bit, in respect to the frontrunners, as weve made up a bit of time through some good car changes here. Theyre starting to pay dividends and help us learn more about the car. On the other hand, Felipe was desperately unlucky but we have a free tyre choice starting from 11th tomorrow.

Valtteri Bottas: It was a good qualifying for me, and as a team I think fifth was the maximum position. It felt great to do the lap on my second run in Q3, it was clearly my best lap of the weekend, so that was a good feeling. Its always nice to finish qualifying knowing youve made the most out of it and as a team I think we are in a good position for tomorrow.

Felipe Massa: Thats not the position I wanted to have. I was a little bit unlucky with the red flag, but tomorrow in the race you never know. We have to try and do the best we can. I hope choosing the right tyres will have a positive effect, we will see tomorrow, but Im not really happy with my position.

Track Shanghai International Circuit Weather Overcast, drying track
Lap Length 5.451kms / 3.387 miles Temperature Air:22-23C Track:23-25C
Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1. N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:37.669 1:36.240 1:35.402
2. D. Ricciardo Mercedes 1:37.672 1:36.815 1:35.917
3. K. Raikkonen Ferrari 1:37.347 1:36.118 1:35.972
5. V. Bottas WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING 1:37.537 (3rd) 1:36.831 (5th) 1:36.296
11. F. Massa WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING 1:38.016 (9th) 1:37.347 -

posted at 18:13:00 on 04/16/16 by webmaster - Category: races