Pastor Maldonado is confident the dry conditions expected for tomorrow's German Grand Prix will favour him after qualifying sixth. The Williams driver is promoted to fifth as a result of Mark Webber's gearbox penalty and is hopeful of racing with the drivers ahead of him on the grid.
“The weather conditions today were really challenging with the grip levels changing so much between sessions. We had a good balance in Q1 and Q2 but when the rain hit I lost a lot of grip which made it difficult to challenge for a place on the front two rows. On the whole though I'm pretty pleased with where I have qualified and the weather is looking a bit more favourable tomorrow which should suit our car.”
Teammate Bruno Senna could only manage sixteenth but penalties elsewhere mean he will start two places higher and the Brazilian is also optimistic given his car's performance in the dry.
“We had a good pace in dry conditions so it's disappointing to find ourselves in 16th place. When the weather is like it was today it's always a bit of a lottery because being on track at the right time is crucial and unfortunately I was a bit unlucky in that respect. It will be difficult to get up into the top 10 from where we are because overtaking is not that easy on this track, but our long run pace has been good all year so I have a chance of scoring some points.”