“I'm reasonably pleased with this qualifying, even if I didn't manage to put together a perfect lap,” Massa commented, “Unfortunately, I lost time in the second sector and maybe this cost me one or two positions, but we are in the ballpark and we will do our best.
“Unlike my team-mate and some others, I chose to qualify on the soft tyres because, at the Nurburgring, I made a choice that didn't pay off. It will be interesting to find out who has made the best choice and the answer to that could come after the first stint. A lot will depend on the behaviour of the tyres: even if today, the medium seemed undoubtedly the longer lasting, the evolution of the track and its consequent improvement in terms of grip could limit the degradation on the softs.
“Tomorrow won't be easy because, with cars on different strategies, anything can happen. I hope I've taken the right decision which will allow me to have a strong race.”