Yas Marina Circuit, Saturday November 22

Both McLaren Mercedes drivers had to overcome issues in qualifying. In Q2, they were each forced to abort their runs before setting a lap-time. In the final minutes, while Jenson secured sixth, Kevin failed to scrape through after encountering traffic. He wound up 11th. Into Q3, Jenson’s fastest lap was good enough for eighth, but was only 0.071s away from sixth.

Free Practice 3:
6th - 20 laps

8th overall

“I thought we had a decent shot at getting P6 today, and in the end we were just seven-hundredths’ off. As the track temperature drops, you start to lose grip, and you’re never certain from which end that loss of grip will come. On my final lap I had a lock-up into the hairpin at Turn Eight, so we didn’t get it quite right.

“Looking forwards, I don’t know where we’re going to be, but I intend to have some fun. One thing’s for sure, I’ll go out there and get the maximum out of the car.

“Considering where we were yesterday, this was an okay performance.”

Free Practice: 3
11th - 13 laps

11th overall

“I’m a bit disappointed, to be honest. There was a bit of traffic out there, but, more important, in Q2 I struggled quite a bit with the rear of the car – it just didn’t have much grip. It felt a bit better yesterday, so we’ll have to look at why that was.

“Our race performance looks promising though; certainly, our pace on the Prime tyre didn’t look too bad on Friday. So the Prime will probably be our race tyre, and we’ll be trying to get the best out of it tomorrow.

“As always, our target is to score as many points as possible.”

Published November 22, 2014 in Formula 1