A disappointing qualifying session for the team saw Nico and Lewis qualify in sixth and 12th places respectively this afternoon for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
Nico qualified P6 on the third row and was less than a tenth and a half from claiming P3.
This was a strong recovery after losing this morning's practice session owing to an hydraulic problem. Lewis qualified P12 after his second run in Q2 was disrupted by traffic, particularly at the end of his timed lap.
This was reflected by his lap time of 1:24.803 on option tyres, slower than his best of 1:24.589 on primes in Q1.
“Unfortunately”, says Ross, “that was our worst qualifying session of the year. With the standards we set ourselves, that makes this result a real disappointment. However, Nico recovered well after losing almost the entire morning practice session with an hydraulic problem.
The consequence of that sort of problem is that he missed the opportunity to fine-tune the balance of the car, which was not fully to his liking in qualifying.
On Lewis' side of the garage, we simply couldn't get a clear timed lap on the two critical runs and that left him outside the top ten, in spite of showing decent pace on the hard tyres in Q1. Looking to tomorrow, it will be a tough race for us if it stays dry. However there is some rain in the forecast. Let's hope it comes!”
“That was definitely not the qualifying result we had been working for” said Toto on Saturday. “There's no positive spin we can put on the afternoon; it simply reminds us of the price you pay when preparations don't go smoothly. Nico lost the chance to run in final practice this morning, which had a knock-on effect for the qualifying session.
With that in mind, it's to his great credit that he is only a tenth of a second from P3 on the grid. Lewis had quite a frantic second part of qualifying and encountered unhelpful traffic at the key moments, which left him in P12 on the grid.”