Nico and Michael qualified in eighth and 14th places this evening at the Yas Marina Circuit.
Both drivers completed two runs in Q1 (prime/option tyres) and Q2 (option/option tyres). Nico completed just one run on option tyres in Q3 to finish in eighth place.
A small mistake from Michael in Q2 prevented him from qualifying higher than 14th place today.
Ross felt Nico had “a good qualifying session today, considering the car that we have at the moment. He drove very well, and the team did a good job to get him out at the right time and maximise our potential. We squeezed as much performance out of the car as possible today, and eighth place is a small improvement on recent performances.
It was a little frustrating for Michael as a small mistake on his quick lap in Q2 prevented him from finishing higher up the field. But overall, a more positive day for where we are with the car, and we will wait to see what happens in the race tomorrow.”
“A good lap from Nico in the final qualifying session this evening” said Norbert. “He had only one opportunity and his lap time is about six-tenths closer to championship leader Vettel than at the last couple of races. 0.021 seconds separate Nico from seventh placed championship contender Alonso.
Michael looked quite strong on used options but could not improve his lap time after a small mistake. Congratulations to Lewis on his 25th pole position in a McLaren Mercedes and compliments to our partner team - well done to them for getting the best possible job done on a Saturday.”