After a tough qualifying session in Bahrain, Romain Grosjean will start from sixteenth and Pastor Maldonado seventeenth for the third round of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship. Romain pipped Pastor to the final place in Q2 but under the night lights of the Bahrain International Circuit, he was unable to progress any further. While initial qualifying pace appears less strong than anticipated, both drivers remain positive about the long term race pace and are optimistic about tomorrow's race.
Romain spoke of his session: “It was tight to get to Q2. We knew beforehand that we were around the cut off, so it was great to get through. If we look at the whole weekend we've been struggling on the track. This evening the car felt more together and more driveable - of course sixteenth is not great and we're never going to be satisfied with that, but I'm happy with the way the team has been working and pushing in the right direction. We have to try things and try to understand why we are where we are and why we are not unlocking our potential. I hope the race pace will be a little bit better than the qualifying pace and then we can put up a good fight in the race.”
Pastor also remains optimistic about the race ahead: “We're not here to fight for P16 and P17 so it's a bit disappointing to see ourselves where we are in qualifying at the moment. We just need to be focused and try to push even more on the development of the car to catch the people around us. At the moment it’s fair to say our car is a bit on the slow side and quite difficult to drive. However we've made an important step forwards in terms of reliability. There have been no problems this weekend which is quite positive so fingers crossed for tomorrow. For the race pace we look much more competitive than in qualifying. I’m looking forward to the race and seeing what is possible.”