Karun Chandhok was left frustrated after technical problems meant that the Indian had little running ahead of qualifying.
The Hispania driver had to settle for twenty-fourth on the grid, after failing to complete any significant running in the morning session. On the other hand, Bruno Senna was happy with his lap and will start two places ahead of his team-mate.
Consequently, both drivers are now banking on a safety car to assist them in tomorrow’s race.
Karun Chandhok – 24th: “It was very frustrating today as we missed the third practice and also qualifying. We have to look into the problems and understand what went wrong. After two good sessions yesterday, it’s even more frustrating as this weekend we really could have competed against the other new teams in qualifying. It will be a tricky race tomorrow with the tyre wear and high probability of safety cars. So, let’s see what we can do tomorrow.”
Bruno Senna – 22nd: “It was a good lap and I am happy with the result as we are in front of another team’s driver. We could work on the setup which helped us a lot to improve the performance of the car today. Unfortunately, there was rain last night and the track got green again in the morning. The track got more grip and quicker even during the first twenty minutes of qualifying. That’s why it was important to be out on the track at the end of the session in order to set the fastest lap. Thankfully, I could do a clear one on that period. Now, we have to decide the tyre strategy for the race. It is going to be very tricky tomorrow for everyone because of the tyre wear and hopefully we can have a good race tomorrow.”
Colin Kolles, Team Principal:“It was another step forward for us today as Bruno Senna only was 3.6 seconds from the quickest in qualifying session 1. He did a good lap and is closer to the car in front of him. Unfortunately, Karun Chandhok wasn’t able to drive this afternoon because of a sensor issue. Now, we have to focus on a good race tomorrow.”