Singapore GP: Qualifying team notes – Williams
Sergey Sirotkin qualified 19th and Lance Stroll 20th for the Singapore Grand Prix. Both cars qualified on the Pirelli hypersoft tyre. Lance was the faster of the two on his initial run, setting a 1:41.334 to go P12 while Sergey managed a 1:42.724 to go P13. Both cars pitted for new tyres and Sergey went faster on his second run, recording a 1:41.263.
Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer: It was a disappointing result as we do not have the pace this weekend. The cars are inconsistent and very unstable for the drivers, which doesn’t allow them to push consistently to the limit. We had a difficult time trying to get the best out of the hypersoft tyre, it is a tricky tyre to get in the right window, but our problems are much deeper than that. Nevertheless, it is a very long race tomorrow afternoon, our race pace in practice was more respectable than the one-lap pace we have seen today. In a long and high attrition race tomorrow, we will push to the maximum and see what we can do.
Sergey Sirotkin: It was really tough, one of the toughest qualifying sessions of the year, more of a survival. The way we have to approach each lap is to try and finish with as little damage and losses rather than attacking as a qualifying lap. I am very disappointed, we knew it was going to be tough, but with the change of conditions, it fell away from us. Tomorrow will not be the easiest race for us, so let’s hope for some rain!
Lance Stroll: We need more grip to be faster, as this just didn’t suit our car. Looking at the time sheets today, tomorrow is likely to be a misery, but perhaps some rain could help. We have to figure out why we are off the pace, which we are severely lacking. Looking where we were, we tried something different with the car for the last run and my first few corners were even slower than the first run. I tried to brake deep into turn seven to see what happens, but I didn’t stand a chance, and just missed the corner. Tomorrow is going to be tough, but anything can happen.
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September 15, 2018 at 09:28PM