“I’m happy, I’m very happy because it’s a genuine result,” he told Spanish reporters after qualifying in ninth position for Sunday’s race. “It wasn’t down to a gamble or luck. Since this morning’s practice session we’ve been there in the top ten and that’s the important thing.”
On the back of the team’s most competitive race showing last fortnight in Valencia, de la Rosa credited the result with learning from the set-up experimentation trialled in Friday’s practice sessions.
“The car has nothing to do with what it was yesterday. Yesterday we experimented a lot and today we used everything we found yesterday.
“Being inspired counts too, on a track where you brake little, which is when our car goes well, when you don’t touch the brake,” he added. “On Turn 1 I was flat out and I thought, ‘If I make it, fine, and if I don’t you’ll have to go find me in the barriers’.”
De la Rosa’s team-mate, Kamui Kobayashi, will start from 12th on the grid.
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