Formula 1

Sergey Sirotkin: “We’ve done some good work through the weekend”

1 Mins read
Sergey Sirotkin - Williams Martini Racing
Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Sergey Sirotkin felt getting so close to escaping from the first phase of Qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix shows that Williams Martini Racing has made gains since last weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix, with the Russian ultimately failing to advance by just 0.049 seconds.

Williams has struggled for pace so far in 2018, with only Lance Stroll in the Australian Grand Prix managing to escape out of Q1, but for Sirotkin, this was the closest he has come to doing just that, only to be denied a Q2 spot by Brendon Hartley.

The Russian was slightly disappointed that a he did not maximise his second flying lap in Q1, and he feels that had he done that, he could have made the jump into Q2, which would have given the Williams team a timely boost after their difficult start to 2018.

“We were very close to Q2 and we have improved from Bahrain,” said Sirotkin.  “I think we have continued to work well and we’ve done some good work through the weekend.

“We went P10 this morning, which is extraordinary given our shape at the moment. Even the first lap in Q1 was really decent. I don’t think we maximised the second lap, and we can find more time there.

“Maybe not as much time as others, because I think our first run was better than most of them, but still I believe we could have got a little more which would allow us to jump into Q2. I’m sorry about this, but at the same time we’re moving forward step by step.”

13733 posts

About author
Long time motorsport fanatic, covering Formula 1 and the occassional other series. Feel free to give him a follow on Twitter at @Paul11MSport.
Related posts
Formula 1

Ferrari Expectations ‘a Bit Too High’ Heading into 2023 Season - Frédéric Vasseur

2 Mins read
Frédéric Vasseur says Ferrari needed to change its targets early on in 2023 after it became clear they were not in a position to challenge Red Bull for the championship.
Formula 1Formula 2

Doohan Rejects 2024 Racing Opportunities in a bid for 2025 Formula 1 Race Seat

1 Mins read
Jack Doohan has revealed he has turned down chances to race in other categories next season as he focuses on forcing his way into Formula 1 in 2025.
Formula 1

'Motivated' AlphaTauri no Longer feeling like a Red Bull Junior Team – Daniel Ricciardo

2 Mins read
Daniel Ricciardo believes AlphaTauri should no longer be regarded as a junior team to championship winning Red Bull Racing, and he says the team are heading in all the right directions.