Belgian GP - Williams Toyota - Qualifying
Nico Rosberg qualified his Williams-Toyota in sixth and will start tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix from fifth place due to Robert Kubica's engine change penalty. His qualifying performance was a step improvement after a difficult day
of preparation in practice yesterday, with the team improving set-up and Nico executing an effective strategy to qualify strongly. Team-mate Alex Wurz was off the pace compared with Rosberg and will start from 16th position.
"Today’s qualifying was super, it really went well and I am very happy. I am a bit surprised as well, to be honest, because I didn’t think we’d be so far up as it was very tight to make it into the top ten in Q2. We struggled here a bit more yesterday than we did on other tracks but overnight the team did a good job and found all the right solutions. Fifth position on the grid is really fantastic. This puts us in a strong position to be able to score some good points tomorrow."
"Some of my problem today was with not enough top speed on the straights. Of course this is quite punishing at a track like Spa. The engineers will have a look at it.
Otherwise we have done a very good job and made real progress from yesterday with the set-up and the car felt good under cornering. We should have a good car for tomorrow even if the start position is not great."
Sam Michael, Technical Director
"Great job by Nico today. He made some good judgements in qualifying to put his car in the right place in terms of towing and saving his softer tyres on out laps. We are looking forward to seeing him and Alex race strongly tomorrow. The engineers worked hard all night to improve the car from yesterday and it was nice to see such a decent step. We’ll also check everything on Alex’s car before the race to see why there is such a big difference to his team mate. We didn't have any reliability issues today."
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