Despite the drivers being happy with the set-up changes made to the car since Thursday, it was still a tough qualifying for the team. Pedro de la Rosa and Kamui Kobayashi qualified 15th and 16th respectively.
Pedro de la Rosa:
C29.03 / Ferrari 056
Qualifying: 15th / 1.15.692
min (in Q2) / 3rd Practice: 18th / 1:16.696 min (23 laps)
"Fifteenth doesn't sound fantastic, but actually I'm satisfied of what we did. We have changed the car a lot since the first practice and the set-up and balance are as good as possible. Qualifying here was never meant to be an easy one for us. We still struggle in the low speed corners, but we did a good in qualifying. I gave everything I have and the team did very well. We now have to concentrate on the race and finish it."
C29.01 / Ferrari 056
Qualifying: 16th / 1.15.992 min (in Q2) / 3rd Practice: 17th / 1:16.664 min (26 laps) "It is really hard for us, and probably our hardest weekend of the season. Monaco is exceptional. I expect us to perform a lot better in Istanbul. I find it tough here. However, on this circuit anything can happen in the race and I will try my hardest to make the most of any chance I might get."
James Key, Technical Director:
"Ultimately a bit disappointing where we are after Barcelona, but this was always going to be a more difficult circuit for us. The competition was very, very close, within a few tenths, and I think that the car had those extra tenths in it. But with the traffic and all the difficulties in qualifying, unfortunately on the last run we just couldn't quite put the sectors together to be closer to the top ten. It's very tight, and we have to keep it as clean as possible tomorrow, bring the cars home and make the best of our position."