Had it been dry today, Racing Point would have fancied their chances in qualifying for the Styrian Grand Prix but heavy rain at Red Bull Ring rendered the Pinks ineffective.
After all, they had spent the dry opening Friday at the sharp end of proceedings but the firepower they had fizzled out ion the wet.
Surprisingly Sergio Perez failed to make it out of Q1 and will start from P17, while teammate ance Stroll was good for 12th, disappointing as Q1 seemed a formality… in the dry.
This is what they had to say:
Lance Stroll: “We were competitive throughout Q1 and Q2, but we lost some grip at the crucial moment in Q2 and just missed out on making Q3. We need to look into the causes of that overnight and we’ll make sure we come back stronger tomorrow in the race.
“We know we have a good car in dry conditions, so we can aim to make up places tomorrow and achieve our goal of scoring points.”
Sergio Perez: “It’s a big shame to qualify P17 because we have shown that we have good potential this weekend. It was difficult to get the wet tyre up to temperature, but I was on for a good lap at the end of Q1 until the red flag stopped me improving.
“We’ll go away and learn from this, analyse the data and hopefully understand why we couldn’t maximise our potential today. It’s always challenging to make up places, but we have a good car underneath us and we’ve shown in the past that we can bounce back. Tomorrow is a new day and the target will be to score points.”
Otmar Szafnauer, CEO & Team Principal: “Ultimately a disappointing session when you consider the pace we have shown in the dry yesterday. Both drivers were not totally comfortable in these very wet conditions and that’s something we need to understand. It’s the first occasion to run in the wet this year and it was a big learning experience for everybody.
“Sergio felt he couldn’t get enough temperature in the tyres early in the session and his final attempt was ruined by the red flag. Lance was comfortable in Q1 but complained about worse grip in Q2. In the end he was just a tenth shy of making Q3. There’s still plenty to play for tomorrow with dry conditions forecast. We have a quick car and a double points finish is still achievable.”