Valtteri Bottas qualified sixth and Felipe Massa seventh for tomorrow’s Mexican Grand Prix. Both cars made it safely through Q1 and Q2 as track conditions changed with slight drizzle during Q2. Neither driver was able to improve their time on their second run of Q3.
Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: “We are a little disappointed as we think we could have been a little higher up. Our preparations were as good as they could have been, and we feel we have missed out on fourth and fifth. We are in a good position for the race tomorrow, but we must now focus on the strategy and make sure we take the opportunities on offer. It was so close today and we have just missed out.”
Valtteri Bottas: “The track has improved a little over the weekend and Qualifying was very close, as we expected. It is a shame Red Bull are in front of us, but we have the advantage of straight-line speed which will help when overtaking. The aim tomorrow is to move forward.”
Felipe Massa: “We are sixth and seventh so we cannot be too happy with our performance. I did my quickest time on the first set of tyres in Q3. I tried all I could on the second set but I couldn’t improve my time. It sets the beginning of what could be a very difficult race where many things can happen, accidents, cars off the track, rain, so we need to wait and see as it can all change. I hope we can move forward tomorrow.”