Traffic complaints proved to be a recurring theme in the post-qualifying quotes for the Spanish Grand Prix, with Q1 victims Ralf Schumacher, Alex Wurz and Christijan Albers all voicing their displeasure at being blocked on their best laps.

Although Albers was always expected to feature in the bottom six positions, Schumacher and Wurz were anticipated as challenging for positions inside the top ten but instead found themselves on the sidelines when they failed to secure a clear lap.

Schumacher was particularly disappointed, particularly after seeing team-mate Jarno Trulli take the improved Toyota towards the front of the grid in sixth position. Indeed, the German insists 17th on the grid is not a genuine indicator of raw pace.

"That result was a pity but this has been a difficult weekend and that was a difficult qualifying session. One reason for my struggle in Q1 was that I had traffic on my last flying run. I was on a two-lap run but I met a car on its warm-up lap in the last sector of the first lap, spoiling both that and the following lap. That means the qualifying time is not representative of what we are capable of."

Wurz meanwhile described his 18th on the grid as a 'disaster' after being baulked on his best laps, particularly from those slowing out of the newly installed chicane on the way to the pit lane.

"It was a bit of disaster, worse than a traffic jam on the M25 in London," the Austrian claimed. "People really slowed down on their in-laps and seemed to forget that other people were still around them doing quick laps.

"At the last chicane I actually nearly stopped because five cars were in front of me going so slowly which caused my tyre pressures to drop dramatically. I should have been able to get into Q2 today so, to end up in p18, is extremely frustrating. Barcelona is always hard to pass on, so it's going to be a difficult race for me."

Albers even went as far to say that the traffic caused him to have the 'worst qualifying' of his career after he was out-qualified by Spyker team-mate Adrian Sutil for the third race of the season.

"That was the worst Qualifying of my life with traffic. On the first outing I made some mistakes and I felt I could go quicker. Then I couldn't do much with the second outing at all because of the traffic. It didn't really matter that I went off in T9 on my final flying lap as I had already lost about seven tenths in the first sector. It's a shame as I think I could be quicker. I felt good in the car, the balance is good, we just have to hope for more tomorrow."

 

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