It has been an up and down qualifying session at Baku for PREMA Racing. Series rookie Mick Schumacher delivered a great sixth place with good margin for improvement, while unfortunately Sean Gelael was stopped by an issue in his out lap and thus had to sit out the whole session.
With the Azerbaijani street circuit still green and constantly changing, as it's a temporary course, the 20-year-old German impressed since practice while both cars showed good consistency. Gelael was top-10 material too in practice and was looking forward to keeping up with his good job in qualy. Unfortunately, not much after exiting the pits for the first time, he found himself stranded with no power in turn 8. He will have to start from the back of tomorrow's main race.
Should the race be as unpredictable as ever at Baku, he will still have chances, while Schumacher will try to maximize the result relying on his good chemistry with the venue.
# 9 - Mick Schumacher
“I felt quite comfortable in the car since Free Practice, having driven in Macau which has similar ninety degree corners. I didn’t optimize my first run on options in qualifying, obviously the track did not have as much grip as it should have had with F1 not running in Free Practice. Still from the evolution of the tyres I felt a step but I believe there was still some margin. I wasn’t at 100% but I think that we can be happy with P6. This race is famous for being action packed so I am looking forward to it. “
# 10 - Sean Gelael
“Hopefully our misfortunes stop after this. You learn patience and you learn perseverance and hopefully we can still get some points tomorrow. It’s a shame because I think in Free Practice we were quite competitive and with a cleaner run we could have been even faster. In qualifying, I was approaching turn 8 and after going over a curb in quite slow speed, the engine just went off. I don’t know what happened. We saw the DRS open in Bahrain and now this so anything can happen, but anything can happen in the race too so we can still do a good job.”