The Haas F1 Team showed that their result in Melbourne was not just a case of beginners luck as in qualifying on Saturday for the Bahrain Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit Romain Grosjean put his VF16 into the top ten and will start Sunday’s race from ninth place on the grid just ahead of Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen.
The Frenchman set a fastest time of 1m 31.756s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
Our position is higher than our expectations, so that’s good. Everyone worked brilliantly. I was talking with Guenther (Steiner, team principal) before qualifying and he said this session would be a big test for us. Every time we go out on track, we’re learning more. I’m very proud of my guys. Tomorrow is a long race – a difficult race with the tire choices – but I think it’s possible to have a good time. We’re hoping for more points, but it’s a very different track from Australia. I’m looking forward to going racing.
Esteban Gutierrez will start the race from 13th place between the McLaren Honda duo of Stoffel Vandoorne and Jenson Button.The Mexican set a time of 1m 31.945s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
It was a very tight and very competitive qualifying for us today. I had quite a lot of traffic at first, so it was tricky to prepare the tires on the out-laps. Therefore, my first time in Q1 wasn’t great. However, the second time was a lot better. Going into Q2 was a fantastic effort from the team to get everything prepared. Again, I found there was a lot of traffic in front, so it was wasn’t ideal. However, the most important thing for us to do now is to concentrate on the race and obtaining points. We are P13 and we’ll do our best to maximize everything for tomorrow.
Haas F1 Team Principal Guenther Steiner commented by saying:
We had a very good day today. FP3 (Free Practice 3) was flawless and we couldn’t have wished for anything better with qualifying. To achieve P9 and P13 sets us in a good position to score points tomorrow. That’s exactly where we wanted to position ourselves. Both drivers did a fantastic job at the right time. The team was able to perform a perfect turnaround, so hats off to them. We did everything we needed to do, and now we head into tomorrow to try and find some points.