There were some interesting comments about qualifying as drivers did their media rounds. Vettel has said that his final run Ã¢â‚¬Å“was not 100 percent perfectÃ¢â‚¬Â and speculated on just how much of a difference 0.002 seconds was, but was Ã¢â‚¬Å“extremely happyÃ¢â‚¬Â to be on pole for the third consecutive race.
Alonso said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve now finally had a perfect Saturday; obviously we missed pole by a small margin but the points come tomorrow, not Saturday, so we need to stay focused for tomorrow.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are surprised to be so close and finally fighting for a pole position after ten races; it took a bit longer than expected but weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re now very close.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Championship leader Lewis Hamilton was less overjoyed as he qualified sixth behind his team-mate Jenson Button. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I never expect to be sixth, for sure, but I’ve been saying for a long time that, generally, we are the third fastest team and the two teams in front did a better job today,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“My lap wasn’t fantastic, either, but that’s the way it is; my qualifying pace was quite poor, to be honestÃ¢â‚¬Â¦I don’t think it was great but I did the best job I could do.Ã¢â‚¬Â
RenaultÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Robert Kubica was another driver satisfied with his position. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I am reasonably happy to be seventh on the grid and I think that, for now, we have to realise that we could not have qualified any higher than this.Ã¢â‚¬Â
MercedesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ duo Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg reflected on a disappointing qualifying at MercedesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ home race. Schumacher said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“There isn’t much more to say about qualifying other than the result was what was achievable for us today.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Rosberg added: Ã¢â‚¬Å“It’s really disappointing and it seems that we are just not making our developments work as well as we hoped this weekend, which we need to look into.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Veteran Rubens Barrichello told the media Ã¢â‚¬Å“it was a good dayÃ¢â‚¬Â and the team are Ã¢â‚¬Å“happy with two cars in the top ten and it gives us confidence for good points tomorrow.Ã¢â‚¬Â
SauberÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s drivers were left lamenting what could have been as both failed to qualify for Q3. Kamui Kobayashi said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“The car was good and the performance in qualifying confirmed that, but on my second run in Q2 I had traffic and needed to slow down a bit.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Toro RossoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Jaime Alguersauri pulled out a surprise qualifying performance. Ã¢â‚¬Å“To be honest, I did not expect to be quicker than my team-mate today, as it has been a difficult weekend with not so much practice on a dry track.Ã¢â‚¬Â
LotusÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Jarno Trulli, who qualified best of the rookie teams in 18th, told reporters: Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m happy, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m happy with the car and everything but we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to catch up this year, we want to work towards next year. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m happy because this weekend weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve done a very good job.Ã¢â‚¬Â
HispaniaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Bruno Senna was philosophical after the teamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s best qualifying of the season, despite a gearshift problem on his fastest lap. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It feels like a really good qualifying for us and we have been closer to our competitors than expected.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Virgin Racing were on course to split the Lotus cars, but a disappointing qualifying leaves them playing catch up on Sunday. Lucas di Grassi said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“It has been a very frustrating day for me and the team because we were looking so good in free practice and I think we could have done a really good job in qualifying.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Force India had a disastrous weekend as Vitantonio Liuzzi crashed out, while Adrian Sutil had a poor run as he could only manage 14th quickest, but will take a five-place penalty for a gearbox change.
Speaking about his accident, Liuzzi said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“I hit a little of the grass, lost the rear and had a spin. I think there is quite a bit of damage on front-left.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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