Rivals Haas admitted that sixth place of Romain Grosjean in qualifying in Melbourne was a surprise to them.
“Haas did well and managed to surprise everyone, says the new Williams technical Director paddy Lowe. – We did not expect such a scenario, because Romain drove not the most perfect circle in the second segment.”
Grosjean himself said that this result was a surprise for him, especially after the problems on the tests.
“Some were optimistic, although everything was not exactly as I wanted – said Romain. – I liked the way he behaved car on the first lap, so it’s a good Foundation.
In fact, we seventh, because Daniel ricciardo slipped down to 14th the results are very dense, so the struggle will be tough”.
Russian driver Toro Rosso Daniel Quat, which starts tomorrow the ninth, too, wasn’t expecting Romaine in the third segment.
“Haas standard has shown itself in the first and second segments, but in the third Romain drove a very strong round, – said Daniel. We could get a Lot, the difference was quite insignificant, but Grosjean all surprised. I hope he’s just passed the best lap in my life.”
Felipe Massa, who drove in the second training session only six laps, also did not expect to be behind Haas.
“I was surprised by the final scenario, because I was ahead of him in the first and second segments, said Felipe. – I expected that it would be better – like in Barcelona. Of course, we would add one-tenth, but not four.”
Esteban Windows admitted that Haas is now faster Force India, adding: “the Results are tight in the middle of the peloton that riders depends very much, and it’s great.”
Teammate Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen, on the contrary, had expected such a result because the tests team, he said, did not use all of its resources. Renault racer Jolyon Palmer also then noticed it.
“Grosjean has done some incredible work, said Palmer. – On tests, I noticed that they do not reveal their full potential, as in the past year. They have a great chance to have a good start”.
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