China Saturday quotes: Michelin
|Saturday, September 30th 2006, 10:29 GMT|
Nick Shorrock, Michelin F1 director: "What can I say? Michelin drivers set the top 12 times in Q1, the top eight in Q2 and took nine of the top 10 grid positions. It has been a conclusive demonstration of the performance of Michelin's wet-weather tyres.
"Honda's drivers had a brief run on full wets during Q1, but that apart our partners all stuck with intermediates and I am delighted with the performance we were able to generate. The Renaults are clearly very quick but there were some other notable performances, too - especially from Robert Doornbos, who will be starting a grand prix in the top 10 for the first time.
"We were only able to complete a few laps on dry tyres in this morning's free practice, but that hasn't hampered our preparations unduly because we finalised our tyre selections yesterday - it was a fairly clear call. At the moment it looks unlikely that we'll be running on dries, however, our latest forecast suggests there will be more showers tomorrow afternoon - and there is even the possibility of thunder.
"Michelin was clearly the force today, but we won't take anything for granted because wet races have a habit of turning into lotteries. We do know, however, that our tyres have been supremely effective in both wet and dry conditions."