• Spa, Saturday – Ross: “A disappointing day all round for us”

Michael and Nico qualified in 13th and 18th positions respectively today after a disappointing qualifying hour for the team at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

Nico did not progress from Q1 having missed much of the final practice session this morning. Michael got the most out of the car in Q2 but was not able to achieve higher than 13th place. Nico will incur a five-place penalty as his gearbox was changed prior to qualifying.

For Ross, “It’s been a disappointing day all round for us. Qualifying was tough, and it proved pretty tricky to get the tyres in the right operating window. In fairness to Nico, he didn’t have much of a chance as he missed most of P3 this morning, the only opportunity to have had some time on a dry track.

Michael had a reasonable run and that was about the best we could have achieved with the car that we have at the moment. Clearly it’s not good enough and we will continue working very hard to make improvements.”

“Michael got everything out of the car that was possible today” said Norbert after the session. “It did not help us that the rain yesterday meant that no preparation for today was possible but of course that applies to everybody.

On top of that, Nico did not get any running in this morning's only dry session due to a gearbox problem which will give him with a five place grid penalty. This is of course not the start that we have wished for after the summer break. Our target is to do a better job tomorrow.