- Carlos set the seventh fastest time (1:32.847) to be once again the leading car behind the three top teams.
- He made it through Q1 with a single set of tyres thanks to a brilliant lap that enabled him to have two sets available for Q3.
- The Spaniard set his fastest lap in his first Q3 outing. Nobody finished within three tenths of him.
- The build-up to the race will be important: forecasts suggest wind and temperature could change tomorrow to less favourable conditions for the McLaren.
"I am very happy with my Qualifying and this P7. Today there was a change in the wind direction and it was positive for us. We made it to Q2 with a single set of tyres, we did two very good laps in Q3… We used the absolute maximum of the car. Congratulations to the team, because we are leading the midfield once again".
"We are aware that weather conditions could change tomorrow. We may struggle a bit if the wind changes, because our car is very sensible to that. We will have to give it all, so let’s keep our heads down today more than ever and work hard to make sure we are well prepared".