Valtteri Bottas qualified 11th and Felipe Massa 13th for the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Valtteriís single run in Q1 was enough to progress to Q2 in P9. Felipe ran twice, with his second run on soft tyres sending him through in P8.
Valtteri was P7 after the first run in Q2, but as the field tightened his second run wasnít enough to progress into Q3, falling short by just a tenth of a second.
Felipe improved on the second lap of his first run of Q2, to sit P8 on the leaderboard. However, as other cars crossed the line, Felipe dropped into the knock-out zone and was unable to improve on his second run after suffering from understeer.
Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: Todayís qualifying was disappointing for us because the car has been quick, especially over one lap, all weekend. When we needed to put the laps together, they just didnít come off. Itís unfortunate because we were just a few tenths off Ferrari, right up until the time we needed to get the important laps in and they didnít come. Thatís just how it is, and weíve got to look ahead positively to the race. Weíre starting on the clean side with a free choice of tyres, so weíll have a look at what weíre going to do with the strategy. The car is quick and itís been very good in the long runs, so weíll see what comes out of it tomorrow. Iím sure we can score some good points.
Valtteri Bottas: Itís obviously disappointing to be out before Q3. Our pace all weekend has been very good, as has the set-up; but for some reason in qualifying we were just not quick enough, while some other cars were surprisingly fast. I doubt we got everything out of these cooler conditions today, but the race is tomorrow. It will be a fight with Force India again, but at least now we might have the upper hand with the strategy.
Felipe Massa: This definitely wasnít the greatest result because I expected to easily be fighting in Q3. The car didnít work in the proper way and the front tyres stopped working. I was suffering from understeer and my best lap of Q2 ended up being my first one, so we need to understand what happened. But it was absolutely amazing to get out of the car and feel the support from the crowd, and to feel the love I have for these people as well as the love they have for me. Iím not happy with the result for them, but I will try everything I can tomorrow to give them a better result, as well as for my team, especially as itís my last race here in Brazil.
Track Autůdromo Josť Carlos Pace Weather: Cool and damp
Lap Length 4.309km / 2.677miles Temperature: Air 18-20įC Track 26-29įC
Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1. L. Hamilton Mercedes 1:11.511 1:11.238 1:10.736
2. N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:11.815 1:11.373 1:10.838
3. K. Raikkonen Ferrari 1:12.100 1:12.301 1:11.404
11. V. Bottas WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING 1:12.680 (9th) 1:12.420 (11th) -
13. F. Massa WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING 1:12.432 (8th) 1:12.521 (13th) -