“The car felt good today, but I struggled a bit to get the ultimate lap time out of it this afternoon," he admitted, "I don't really know why, so I'll have a look at the data with the engineers and see where we could find some time, but the good thing is that we have definitely improved since yesterday which shows we keep on going in a positive direction all the time.
"Even after that, I think we didn't qualify too badly and are in a reasonable position to fight tomorrow. Jarno is strong here and it will be a good battle with him tomorrow. The important thing is to keep the gap to the guys behind us and look ahead, not behind. I think we'll be okay.”
Mike Gascoyne, too, was happier with the team's performance in qualifying after a frustrating opening day at the historic autodrome.
“After yesterday, I think that was a pretty good qualifying session," he confirmed, "We finally found the performance we knew was in the car and, with both drivers happy with the balance, we can be pleased with the job we did overnight and this morning.
"Jarno, in particular, was much more happy with his car and he could have found a few more tenths on his quickest lap but for the traffic that held him up in the final sector. Heikki was not quite as happy with the balance of his car, but he also put in a good performance, as did the whole team, to get the best out of what we have today and now we look forward to a strong race and a solid two car finish tomorrow.”