Formula 1 | Alfa Romeo F1: Zhou ‘very happy’ with second consecutive Q3
Guanyu Zhou made his second straight Q3 entry, beating Valtteri Bottas in qualifying for the third consecutive time, after Baku and Monaco. The Alfa Romeo F1 driver is happy to sign his best qualification since his arrival at the British GP.
« Yes, I’m very happy to reach Q3 twice in a row, and it’s my first time driving an F1 here in the rain. It wasn’t easy, but I got into the lap pace after lap, and I was going faster and faster » Zhou said.
« We had a good rhythm from the start, and from Q1 to Q3 we were able to maximize what we had. I’ve made progress on my consistency since Baku and I can fight well for Q3 so I am happy. »
« I’m learning a lot. Here it’s particularly slippery in the third sector, and there were a few laps in which there were puddles, so you had to be careful. I adapted and I’m happy that these difficult conditions allowed me to achieve a good result. »
In the other Alfa Romeo C42, Bottas was much more frustrated, having been unable to bring his tires up to temperature: « It was tricky yes, the conditions changed all the time. Each lap was a little different, especially between Q1 and Q2 I had a lot of difficulties because I couldn’t get the tires up to temperature because of the water. on track. »
« It was a vicious circle afterwards, because I went off the track and I never managed to get the tires up to temperature, » said Bottas, who hopes for a better race. « I think in the dry it will be fine. Everyone’s settings probably won’t be for the rain, and we have a good car. »