Guenther Steiner is happy with his driver’s performance during Qualy session in Mexico. Schumacher and Mazepin who were 18th and 19th fastest will start from the 14th and 15th place due to the penalties applied to four drivers and Lance Stroll´s accident.
“I’m happy with what we did today. We were very close to a Williams, and both drivers did a good job.” Said Guenther after the session. The team was concerned about their performance before the weekend due to Mexico City´s altitude “Normally at this altitude, we thought we would be worse off than we are.”
Steiner praised the job done by his drivers to prepare for the grand prix “I think that’s mainly down to the drivers who adapted pretty quickly – they did simulator sessions before they came here so they were well prepared.”
Right after qualy he added “Up until qualifying we’ve had a pretty event-less race weekend. Now, we just look forward to the race tomorrow. Hopefully we’ll get into slightly better starting positions with all the penalties that are coming along and you never know what you can do, but we’re pretty happy up to now.”
The session didn´t finish without a controversy after Mazepin asked the team to overtake Schumacher when they were in line getting ready for their last lap in Q1 but the team didn´t allow him. After the session Nikita wasn´t shy to suggest to reporters he felt the rules were not the same to both sides of garage.
On this matter Guenther told reporters that the decisions made did not favour one driver over the other and explained that he had told their drivers many times that they don´t have all the information the strategists have to make the right decisions since they cannot see the bigger picture from the car. He also added that the team´s decision was right since he would have ended up stuck behind the Williams and that in the end Mick got traffic while Nikita didn’t.