After today's FP3 and Qualifying, here our team's reaction:
Danill Kvyat (STR11-03, Car 26)
Third Practice Session - Best lap: 1:15.199, pos. 14th, 20 laps
Qualifying - Best lap: (Q1) 1:14.829, (Q2) 1:14.457, pos. 13th
"I don't think it was a bad qualifying session, but it's just a shame that we didn't find those extra couple of tenths that would've allowed us to get into Q3... This is the only frustrating part, as if we had been able to make our tyres work better I think we could've achieved it – I just don't think we maximised our potential today. A P13 isn't the best result we could've achieved, so we need to look into this now. At least qualifying was a clean session from my side, something which I needed, as up until this session I hadn't felt totally comfortable in the car. Tomorrow we will start from even further behind as I have a three-position grid penalty from Monaco, but in the race anything can happen and we just need to keep our head down and take any opportunity that comes up. The car feels pretty decent and this gives me confidence to keep pushing. We just need to make sure we are proactive, as it will be a very open race strategy wise."
Carlos Sainz (STR11-01, Car 55)
Third Practice Session - Best lap: 1:14.655, pos. 7th, 21 laps
Qualifying - Best lap: (Q1) 1:14.714, (Q2) 1:21.956, pos. 16th
"What a shame. It had been a good weekend up until the first run of Q2, when I made a bit of a misjudgment and crashed at the Wall of Champions. It was a small mistake, but we all know that here in Canada a very little error can end your session... The walls here are all so close! I've slightly touched this same wall a couple of times over the weekend, but in today's Quali I did it in a different way, just a bit harder. I knew that the fight to get into Q3 was going to be tough so I pushed that extra bit more and maybe this is the reason for this mistake. Fortunately though, we are looking strong and the points are won tomorrow, so we will make sure we fight for another top ten finish in the race."
Jody Egginton (Head of Vehicle Performance):
"Today has been an interesting and slightly frustrating day. FP3 for Carlos passed without any incidents, while with Daniil some adjustments were made ahead of qualifying. Q1 passed without problems for our drivers, both moving to Q2 without any issues. Carlos' first lap of Q2 was looking very good but he unfortunately made contact with the wall and that was the end of his session. It's a shame, as it looked like he could get into Q3. Regarding Daniil, we didn't quite get it together to progress through to Q3, the factors behind this being something we are looking into. Tomorrow we will see what opportunities we can create from the strategy, as well as from possible safety cars: our target remains to try to get both drivers into the points."