Formula 1

Will Stevens: “Overall it’s been a positive day”

1 Mins read

After making a last dash to Abu Dhabi to compete, the Caterham F1 Team qualified nineteenth with Kamui Kobayashi and twentieth with debutant Will Stevens on Saturday, although due to penalties to others, they will start sixteenth and seventeenth respectively.

Kobayashi feels he’s had a good weekend up to now, and will be looking to continue his positive form into the race on Sunday. He felt he qualified where the car deserves to be, but insists the team should be satisfied with their performance.

“We’ve had a very decent weekend up until now – it’s been a positive day today and the car feels better than yesterday,” said Kobayashi. “I lost a bit of time in the last sector, but nothing would’ve changed result wise, so we can be satisfied with our performance today.

“I’m really looking forward to tomorrow – we will fight like we always do and I hope we can end the season with a good result to thank all the fans who are constantly supporting the team and that got us here to Abu Dhabi.”

Stevens has been getting closer and closer to his team-mate throughout the sessions, and felt he would have been roughly around the same time as Kobayashi in qualifying had he not made a mistake on his fastest lap.

“I was looking very strong on my last qualifying lap – I matched Kamui through the first two sectors but I made a mistake going into Turn 17; I was actually a second quicker than my previous lap at that point,” revealed Stevens. “I’m pleased because I know that if I hadn’t made that mistake I would’ve been matching my team-mate, but obviously I’m disappointed because I could’ve done better. But overall it’s been a positive day.

“This morning in FP3 we started to push and I had some good performance runs. I was pretty happy with my Prime tyre run but my Option run was quite messy and I didn’t get the most out of the tyres. I feel comfortable and I just need to keep a cool head and enjoy my first ever Formula 1 race tomorrow. We will all do our best as we want to show all the fans out there how much their support means to us.”

12247 posts

About author
Thirty-something motorsport fanatic, covering Formula 1, Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula 3. Feel free to give him a follow on Twitter at @Paul11MSport.
Related posts
Formula 1

"We're on the verge of becoming very big" - Mick Schumacher

2 Mins read
The Uralkali Haas F1 Team are getting ready for their first home Grand Prix since 2019 at COTA, whereas rookie drivers Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin are preparing for their first visit to the circuit.
Formula 1

"COTA has lots of character" - George Russell

1 Mins read
George Russell has his eyes set on getting back into the points this weekend at the Circuit of the Americas, whereas Nicholas Latifi is preparing for his first weekend at the track.
Formula 1

Turkish Grand Prix the ‘perfect territory for the intermediates’ – Mario Isola

1 Mins read
The intermediate tyre showed just how versatile it was during Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix, according to Pirelli’s Mario Isola.