2008 Turkish GP, Qualifying: BMW Sauber quotes 

Written by David on May 10th, 2008 at 5:13 pmLast Update: May 10th, 2008 at 5:13 pm

BMW SauberMario Theissen, BMW Motorsport Director: “We are not satisfied with the qualifying result. While Robert was pretty quick in Q2 with low fuel, the third and crucial qualifying session did not go perfectly for him. Nick was on his last quick lap, and just as fast as Robert in the first and second sector, but then lost time in the final sector. I think the tyres have been the deciding factor today. During qualifying, depending on the fuel loads, we saw very different tyre performances.”

Nick Heidfeld: “Of course I’m not happy with P9, but I can also see something positive in today’s qualifying – it went much better than practice did. The sun came out and this helped me to heat up the tyres. My very last lap was actually really good until the final sector when I made a mistake which cost me about three tenths of a second. I think I can move up the field in the race.”

Willy Rampf, Technical Director: “Let’s start with the positive things: on this demanding track we were able to get both our drivers in the top ten of qualifying. But we really expected more after the good performance in the second part of qualifying. Robert did not get a perfect lap, and Nick lost about half a second in the final sector of his fast lap. We expect a difficult race tomorrow.”

Robert Kubica:”I am quite happy with my qualifying result and hope for a good race. We were expecting a little bit more after finishing P2 in the second qualifying session, but after refuelling the balance of the car was not good in a few corners and it became difficult to drive. With the high fuel load we picked up a lot of understeer. We shall now analyse the data and try to understand why.”

source: BMW Sauber

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