While the other half of the garage celebrated, Bruno Senna slumped to his worst qualifying performance of the season in Spain crashing out in Q1.
The Brazilian was down in 18th place and on a final hot lap, desperate to up his pace as his team-mate Pastor Maldonado was comfortably inside the top ten showing what the FW33 was capable of.
However, Senna's efforts came to naught when he over-cooked it by taking too much kerb on the entry to Turn 12.
This put his car into a spin and into the gravel were it was beached.
"I was in the wrong place at the wrong time during the session," Senna told the BBC.
"I was stuck behind Felipe Massa on a slow out lap and Kimi Raikonnen was on a flying lap behind.
"It was not great, not terrible up till then and then I pushed a little too hard on the last part of that part of the lap and the tyres just gave out."
Maldonado went on to make it into Q3 where he claimed second place on the Barcelona grid.