2008 Monaco GP, Qualifying: Renault quotes 

Written by David on May 24th, 2008 at 4:48 pmLast Update: May 24th, 2008 at 4:48 pm

Pat SymondsPat Symonds, Executive Director of Engineering: “It’s not been an easy day with the weather this morning giving us very little time to finish the work that we had to do. Consequently, we weren’t even sure going into qualifying which would be the best tyre for the session. Nelson has suffered from the lack of running, but Fernando has done a superb job once again and his position on the grid is a credit to him and I think we can have a strong race tomorrow. Now we have to wait and see what the weather brings.”

Nelson Piquet: “I am very disappointed. I had a small problem with the brakes in Q1 and I was not on the pace. The car was very sensitive, but we saw with Fernando that it improved gradually throughout the session, which is all the more frustrating for me. A race from the back of the grid is always difficult, especially in Monaco, but I will give my maximum tomorrow, although my only real chance is to hope for rain, which will mix things up.”

Fernando Alonso: “In Monaco qualifying is more important than anywhere else and our goal today was to make it through to Q3. It is very difficult to overtake, but I think it is quite an open race and as we are not fighting for the championship we can approach this race aggressively and take a few risks. It will be a competitive race, that is for sure, but we just have to wait and see what the weather does.”

Denis Chevrier, Head of Engine Track Operations: “Fernando did a great job once again today. Nelson was not able to show his pace and did not progress past Q1, and I believe he did not realise his potential. So we are disappointed because it all rests on Fernando now. Nelson must prepare himself for a difficult race, but the weather tomorrow could really shake up the order.”

source: ING Renault 

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