Pedro de la Rosa believes that Sauber must continue to progress if they wish to make it into the top ten in qualifying. The Spaniard, who this weekend relinquished his role as president of the Grand Prix Drivers Association, was generally pleased with his fourteenth place, but is under no illusions that the Swiss-based squad must improve.
Kamui Kobayashi was sixteenth and was disappointed not to qualify higher, following his pace in practice 3.
Pedro de la Rosa – 14th: “We are still a step away from Q3 but we were closer than in Bahrain. We will keep working hard and further improve the car for the future, and tomorrow we will go and fight for points. This is what I really want – finishing a good race and score. I was pushing hard in qualifying and basically I’m happy with my fastest lap. In the traffic it was very difficult to get in a clear lap, especially in Q1 we obviously had many cars and on different speeds. I tried my best to stay out of everybody’s way but it doesn’t always work although I’m very well informed from the pit lane about which car is close to me.”
Kamui Kobayashi – 16th: “I expected to finish qualifying a bit higher up because the speed in the third free practice was encouraging. I pushed very hard and nearly lost the car, but we didn’t make it into Q3. Nevertheless we definitely improved compared to Bahrain. Although the positions are the same the gap is smaller. I’m quite confident for the race.”
Peter Sauber, Team Principal: “P14 and P16 in qualifying don’t meet our expectations, therefore we cannot be satisfied. I think that today we didn’t really exploit the full potential of the car.”
Willy Rampf, Technical Director: “It was a qualifying without any particular problems, but our grid positions are quite disappointing. We are not fast enough for Q3, but nevertheless we expected to be further up the grid. There is a pack of cars in the midfield where the gaps are very close, and where you can win or lose positions with just a small time difference. On the positive side, the balance of the car was definitely better here than in Bahrain, but we have to further improve the overall performance.”