• Malaysia, Saturday – Ross: "Looking to consolidate in the race tomorrow"

After an exciting qualifying session at the Sepang International Circuit this afternoon, Michael and Nico qualified in third and eighth places for tomorrow’s PETRONAS Malaysian Grand Prix.

Michael and Nico moved easily through Q1 in first and third positions using just one set of prime tyres each. Their first laps in Q2 were compromised by a yellow flag, forcing the pair to go out again on a second set of options.

Michael posted the third fastest time in Q3, whilst Nico lost time on his quick lap with a flat-spotted tyre in turn one. Today’s performance saw Michael qualify in the top three for the first time since the 2006 Japanese Grand Prix.

After the session, Ross felt “obviously delighted with the performance today and congratulations to Michael in particular. It’s really pleasing to see him put in such a good performance, and I hope we can consolidate that in the race tomorrow.

We didn’t have the best of luck in Q2 as the yellow flag came at the worst time for us, meaning that both drivers had to go again on a second set of options, which left us only one set for Q3. So I’m pleased with what we managed to achieve, and we are in a good position for the race tomorrow.

The competition is incredibly close with only tenths separating the top eight and that was enough to push Nico further down than he should have been after he flat-spotted his front tyre at turn one. However he is still in a good position and both drivers should be able to have a strong race.”