By Editor on Saturday, March 16, 2013
Qualifying may have been postponed until Sunday morning but there was sufficient light and dryness to run Q1.
That meant that six drivers are already out and two of them are the Caterham racers of Giedo van der Garde and Charles Pic.
Both drivers went off the road during Q1 and required a front wing change.
“Sometimes qualifying goes like it did today. We obviously didn’t finish where we wanted to but for much of the session we looked pretty good, especially halfway through the session when we were putting in pretty good times,” said Pic, who qualified in last place.
“We made the call to switch to inters with about five minutes left of the session and for the first lap it was very tricky – there was a lot of standing water and it was hard to keep the car on track, but it improved pretty quickly and I was starting to push before I touched the white line which caused me to spin and I made contact with the barrier which meant I had to pit. Until that point I was much faster but didn’t have the luck you sometimes need,” he added.
Van der Garde said he lost time due to yellow flags following Esteban Gutierrez’s heavy accident.
“It was obviously the same conditions for everybody and it was very tricky out there – I hit a puddle on my first run and span off which meant I had to pit for a new nose, but the boys did a good job to get me out again quickly and we were looking good.”
“With a few minutes left in Q1 we switched to inters and the car felt great. On my last run I was well up but I had to back off for double yellow flags and that was the end of my chance. It’s a shame as I know we’d have finished higher, but sometimes it’s like that.”