Impressive qualifying session for Nico Hulkenberg as he was sixth fastest during qualifying at Interlagos on Saturday.
Nico Hulkenberg: "I’m very happy with the qualifying result. I always enjoy driving here because I love the track, the country and the atmosphere that surrounds this event. The car felt great today and I was really happy with each of my laps in all the sessions. We made some important changes to the car last night and found a positive direction, which really paid off this morning because I was much happier with the feel of the car. With the penalty for Valtteri (Bottas), it means I will start from fifth place with just the Mercedes and Ferraris ahead of me, so that’s a fantastic effort by the team. At the very least we want to hold position in the race and bring home the result because there are some quick cars behind us who will try and make things difficult. I’m feeling confident for tomorrow and looking forward to a fun race."
Sergio Perez: "I think we had a clear opportunity to go through to Q3, so I am quite disappointed about today's result. I made a mistake on my final lap in Q2, braking too late into turn one and locking up, and that cost me the chance to be in the top ten. It's a very short lap and, when you make a mistake, it’s difficult to recover from it. All weekend I haven't felt completely comfortable with the car: I have taken a different direction with the set-up compared to Nico and I haven't been able to find my rhythm around here. It's not an ideal situation, but I’m still looking to the rest of the weekend with optimism. I am starting eleventh, but the races in Brazil can often be very eventful and a lot can still happen. I think we can still finish in the points and come home with a good result."
Daniil Kvyat: "I’m happy with the job we did today, we managed a good clean lap in Q3. It was probably one of my best qualifying laps this year. I had my best race of the season in Mexico and now one of my best qualifying sessions in Brazil so I'm quite happy about how things are going at the moment. Conditions were tricky, as the track has been changing through the day, so it was quite important to adapt to the conditions, but the car was behaving itself quite well. We managed to get a good balance and I got pretty much the maximum out of it. Qualifying was tight and I think it’s going to be the same in the race, so we will try to stick to the aggressive approach and pass the people in front of us. We look to have a good race pace and in the long runs I was quite happy. My focus is to do a nice, clean and controlled race, try to challenge the cars around us, and bring some good points home."
Daniel Ricciardo: "I think the car is working quite well. It seemed everyone ramped up in qualifying and we probably just missed the last tenth or two to really find that extra bit. Right now I don’t think that there was a whole lot more we could have done differently. We ran a normal programme through the weekend and did what we could. I’ll be starting from P19 and overtaking at this track is tricky but I think we can manage something with the tyre degradation here. I’d love it to rain, but I don’t think it’s going to. If it does then that’ll make it exciting."
Max Verstappen: "Today’s was a good qualifying session. I think we can be very happy, as we were able to get into Q3, something that I didn’t think we would achieve today! This isn’t the best track for us and we were still able to perform well, qualify in front of Lotus – our main rivals – and stay close to the Red Bulls. I expect a difficult race tomorrow, especially regarding tyres. A lot will depend on the strategy, but we have a good car and I’m really looking forward to the challenge."
Carlos Sainz: "What a tricky day. Our qualifying session was unfortunately a bit of a troubled one – the dash on my steering wheel wasn’t working so I didn’t have any lap time data and we had a little clutch issue at the start of the last run in Q2, which did not help my run… it hasn’t been an easy Saturday but, on the positive side, I have to say that the car felt better than yesterday. We now have a race to do tomorrow and I’m happy with my starting grid position and we can choose the tyre strategy. I think we can have a strong race tomorrow."