16th after rain-delayed session
The rain was expected at Silverstone for the qualifying session of the British Grand Prix and it was worth than expected. Qualified in Q2, JEV was fourth before the interruption. Jean-Eric Vergne finally set the 16th lap. Following his 10-place penalty received in Valencia, he will start tomorrow, Sunday, from the back of the grid.
“It could have been a really good qualifying and it had been going well up until the red flag” analysed JEV. “I was fourth at the time, but I knew it would restart with better track conditions and I would have to do it all over again.”
“The red flag was definitely the right decision as there was too much water for the tyres to clear. However, at the restart, we considered running Intermediates before making a quick decision to switch to the Extreme and I think maybe I could have been higher up the order except that therefore missed the opportunity to do a second flying lap as the chequered flag came out.”
“I am disappointed, as I feel I could have got into Q3 today. I hope we have a wet race tomorrow, because although I will be starting from the back, everything is possible in these conditions and I hope I can make the most of the fact our car is working well in the wet, to have a good race.”