23 July: German Grand Prix - Qualifying Report - Renault F1
third and Fisi fourth ahead of tomorrow afternoon's German GP.
Qualifying Fernando Alonso: 3rd, 1:14.904 Giancarlo
Fisichella: 4th, 1:14.927
The Mild Seven Renault F1 Team annexed the second row in qualifying for tomorrow's German Grand Prix
this afternoon at Hockenheim. In the warmest conditions of the weekend, with track temperatures around 34°C, the team's drivers
qualified third and fourth after competitive, risk-free laps.
The R25 has shown itself to be much more competitive in race
trim than on a single flying lap so far this weekend, and these positions leave both drivers with the genuine hope of podium
finishes tomorrow -- and a possible fight for victory.
Fernando Alonso: "I am pretty pleased to be third this
afternoon in fact -- I could have been on the front row but it is actually quite good to be starting from the clean side of the
track. I lost three or four tenths through the first corners: it was windier than this morning, and the first corner is very quick
and I was a bit unsettled. Then, I didn't have the confidence to attack the braking zone at the next corner." "I knew I
was down after the first sector, and really pushed after that to make up some time, which I managed to do. We know that qualifying
speed is our weak point at the moment, but the R25 is much quicker in race trim. I hope to make up a place at the start, and I am
sure we have the right strategy. I want at least a podium -- and perhaps we will be able to fight for the win."
Fisichella: "The conditions were a bit more difficult this afternoon because the wind had increased, which makes the car
harder to predict and mistakes are easier to make. That meant I didn't do such an aggressive lap as I could have done in other
circumstances." "Having said that, the higher track temperatures definitely improved the handling of the car. Overall,
this is a good result because we have chosen a good strategy for tomorrow, which should allow us to fight for the podium at the very
Pat Symonds, Executive Director of Engineering: "Both drivers qualified in line with our
expectations this afternoon. We knew from looking at the practice times that we would struggle to match McLaren on a single flying
lap, but we are closer to them on race pace than qualifying speed. The weather predictions for tomorrow remain interesting, and at
the moment there is a possibility of rain at the end of the Grand Prix. Come what may, I am confident it will be an exciting
Denis Chevrier, Head of Engine Operations: "Everything is in place for an open race tomorrow. We
had identified our likely competitors during practice this morning, Raikkonen and Montoya, and their sector times confirmed their
speed in qualifying. On our side, we go into the race in a strong position: the car is consistent on long runs and our top speeds
are competitive. Our practice work was completed without incident, and we hope to see a closely-fought race tomorrow."