Sat: Williams, Caterham, Marussia

Saturday 25th May 2013

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Sat: Williams, Caterham, Marussia

Sat: Williams, Caterham, Marussia

After showing signs of promise in the wet, Williams fell foul as the Monaco track dried out and finished at the bottom of the timesheets with Caterham and Marussia...

Williams:
Valtteri Bottas: "The conditions were not good today as they were changing all the time. We made the most of what we had and although the car is not where we want it to be, we feel we're in a good position in terms of knowing the development direction to go. The race will be difficult with some quick cars starting behind us, but I'm confident we can still push forward and gain some positions in tomorrow's race."

Pastor Maldonado: " We were quick in Q1 as I know this track very well and in damp conditions I know where to take risks. As it was getting dry the car wasn't working as well though, as the front was locking quite a lot. I think the top ten was possible as there is some improvement, especially if it had stayed wet. It is looking good for the future though with the data we have gathered this weekend so far."

Caterham:
Giedo van der Garde: "I'm obviously very pleased to put my name into the Q2 timesheets for the first time this year and I want to thank Tony, Cyril and the whole team for the jobs everyone did today. Honestly, it's a great feeling, but it's still part of the learning process for me. I've said since the start of the season that I'd make progress, and today showed how far we've all come in just six races, and there's more to come.

"Saturday started pretty well and in FP3 we went out for a long-ish run on the softs straight away but, like Charles, for me the car was understeering a lot. I was having to use throttle to help turn the car so we made a couple of mechanical changes and from then it was a bit better, but the tyres weren't really coming in as much as we'd have liked, so we tried another mechanical change for quali and the results are pretty obvious!

"In Q1 we went out very early as there were reports of more showers coming. As it turned out that wasn't the case, but we timed the stop well and had about four more quick laps on the inters at the end of Q1, enough time to put myself into Q2.

"Q2 started with a bit more rain, so we again went for the inters, but after one lap I thought it was dry enough for slicks so we boxed, went onto the supersofts and was the first car to make the switch. For a while we were looking at Q3, but that's not where we are performance-wise yet, so we're all really happy with Q2.

"Sunday could be very interesting. I start between the two Williams cars of Bottas and Maldonado and I've had good starts all year, so hopefully I can have another good launch, avoid anything like the GP2 mess on Friday, and from there anything's possible. I finished on the podium here last year in GP2 and, while that's not going to happen this year, we will definitely be racing quite a few cars all afternoon."

Charles Pic: "First I want to say well done to Giedo and the whole team for the job everyone did today. It's obviously a bit disappointing I wasn't with my teammate in Q2 but it was very close and the team did a good job to give us both a chance today.

"This morning, FP3 was all about understeer for me. We started the session with quite a long run on the softs and the car was understeering everywhere, so we spent most of the session trying to dial that out and get a better balance. By the end of the session it was improving but even on the supersofts I still wasn't really getting everything out of it.

"In quali we went out early, first cars on track, and put in a good run on the inters with the times coming down throughout the session. We made the call to come in for a new set of inters with about five minutes left of Q1 but I couldn't quite get enough out in the last sector due to traffic, but 18th is still OK around Monaco. We've had good pace on the long runs here, and very good degradation levels on the tyres, so let's see what happens tomorrow."

Marussia:
Max Chilton: "After a good start on Thursday, today has been quite a big challenge with the tricky conditions we had in qualifying. Naturally I was hoping for a better grid slot because it's all about grid position in Monaco. I think I got the best out of the tyre too early and it just wasn't there at the end when the track was a bit drier. It's disappointing because it will be a long race tomorrow. The weather looks fine, so with a clean first lap I'll be hoping to make the best of any opportunities which come our way."

Jules Bianchi: "Of course I was hoping for a good shot at qualifying for my home race, so it is very disappointing to have to pull over so soon and not take part in the session. The Team aren't entirely sure of the full cause of the problem just yet but it was clear that I would not have been able to complete any laps, which is why they asked me to pull over. We have to wait to see what happens. I think it could be a very exciting race for everyone tomorrow; things have not been straightforward through the field so we have to remain focused and see what happens and then do the best job possible in what are tough circumstances"

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