The BWT Racing Point Formula One Team had a solid qualifying for theie home race, the British Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit on Saturday.

Lance Stroll starts the race from sixth place and speaking following the action the Canadian said:

The positive today is that we’re starting P6 tomorrow and our strategy worked out – meaning we have the advantage of starting on the medium tyre and that should help us fight some of the cars around us. We’re definitely in a position to fight for another good bunch of points, and that’s the goal. We looked stronger in practice yesterday, so we need to go away and understand how we can come back stronger tomorrow. It was difficult to find the optimum balance of the car today, and that affected us in the first sector – we lost a little bit of time there in qualifying. The temperature and wind conditions were different today and were quite changeable, so that was a challenge to work around as well. Overall, I’m happy with our position and tomorrow is another day. I’m confident we can make some positive steps overnight and be in good shape for our home race.

Nico Hulkenberg who hasn’t raced in Formula One in ninth pomnths will start the race from 13th place but has free tyre choice for what he wants to start the race with.

Speaking following the session the German said:

We were so close to making it to Q3, and I’m happy with that considering I’ve come in from the cold this weekend! It’s a big ask after eight months away to come back and jump into a completely different environment – and into a Formula 1 car I’ve never driven before and immediately perform. Especially when Silverstone is such a high-speed challenge and the conditions were changeable throughout the day. That meant it was a little bit of a shock to the system today, and it was tricky to hook up the laps perfectly – especially in the first sector. It was a challenge to use both the soft and medium tyre in Q2 and maintain the rhythm, but we almost made the strategy work – which shows the team and I are working well together. I’m also starting to get an understanding of the car, so the goal is to keep learning and adapting quickly. We’ll do our homework tonight and aim to score good points tomorrow.”

BWT Racing Point Team Principal and CEO Otmar Szafnauer commented saying:

We were so close to making it to Q3, and I’m happy with that considering I’ve come in from the cold this weekend! It’s a big ask after eight months away to come back and jump into a completely different environment – and into a Formula 1 car I’ve never driven before and immediately perform. Especially when Silverstone is such a high-speed challenge and the conditions were changeable throughout the day. That meant it was a little bit of a shock to the system today, and it was tricky to hook up the laps perfectly – especially in the first sector. It was a challenge to use both the soft and medium tyre in Q2 and maintain the rhythm, but we almost made the strategy work – which shows the team and I are working well together. I’m also starting to get an understanding of the car, so the goal is to keep learning and adapting quickly. We’ll do our homework tonight and aim to score good points tomorrow.”

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