He made it to Q3 and improved his pace throughout Qualifying
- Carlos returns to the Top 10 in a dry Qualifying session in which he improved his pace lap after lap.
- A red flag compromised his first Q2 lap, but the second one was enough to make it to the last session.
- The Spaniard of Renault didn’t use the latest front-wing of the R.S.18 due to the lack of parts available. It was a joint decision with the team.
- He will work with his engineers to optimize the tyre management ahead of the unpredictable weather forecasted for Sunday.
"We steadily improved throughout Qualifying. We were a little far from the ideal balance in the beginning, but then we made some changes and managed to improve almost two seconds by the end of the session. It was tough at first, but then things improved rapidly".
“We only had two units of the new front-wing, so we made the joint decision with the team that it would be Nico the one to use it, since if we both used it and one of us broke it, the car involved would have had to start from the pits. We don’t know yet how much we gain with the new wing, but it looks like a significant improvement. Maybe my car had less downforce, but we still pushed hard to make it to Q3".
"I am really looking forward to the race. I though we are closer here than in other circuits, although our rivals are strong. It will be a tough fight and tyre management will also play a role into that".