Spain - Pirelli Saturday quotes
Paul Hembery: "Strategy was at the forefront of qualifying today, with a gap of around 0.8 seconds between the hard and the soft tyres, depending on the team. Historically, Barcelona is a race that has nearly always been won from the front row of the grid, but now drivers that have qualified lower down the grid still have a possibility to challenge for victory.
"There were some surprising eliminations in Q2; however these drivers will feel the benefit of having more fresh tyres, so it will be interesting to see what they can do with them. As Barcelona is so demanding on every aspect of the dynamics of a car, including tyre management, it is normally a very good indicator of the likely form for the rest of the year.
"With the teams so closely matched this season, and the upgrades introduced at Mugello beginning to take effect, it's going to be very hard to predict a winner for tomorrow. Particular congratulations to Pastor Maldonado and Williams - who have consistently got the most out of the tyres throughout the weekend so far."