Lucas di Grassi was very disappointed to be lining up on the back row of the grid for Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix, which he blamed on his Cosworth engine playing up during the first knock-out session of qualifying.

Running the larger-tank VR-01 for the first time, the Brazilian was looking forward to a better weekend on the circuit where he has previously won in GP2.

"Despite the improvements that we made to the car setup overnight, today has been very frustrating for me as we had an issue with the engine," he explained. “Timo [Glock] was able to demonstrate the true potential of the package and so it was disappointing for me to end up so far away because of the problem.

"I hope we can look forward to something more representative tomorrow and have a good race because I think we can have a good day."

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.