- The Spaniard of McLaren made it to Q2, qualifying in fourteenth place with a fastest lap of 1:33.523.
- Track conditions evolved throughout Qualifying, with temperatures declining. Still, the characteristics of the MCL34 are not the ideal ones for this circuit.
- The Spaniard hopes that the changes done in the set-up, which is optimized for the race, pay off tomorrow.
"I am a bit disappointed, being P14. It was a good lap, but by Free Practice 3 we could already tell that it would be difficult to make it to Q3. We knew beforehand that the Shanghai Internacional Circuit would maybe expose more our weaknesses, but we know that we seized the potential of the car. Maybe I could have find another tenth, but that wouldn’t have changed our final result".
"Points are given tomorrow. We have done a few changes in the set-up and they may play in our favour tomorrow. We will work on our weaknesses and prepare as well as we can".