Abu Dhabi

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Abu Dhabi GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Felipe Massa
3 Valtteri Bottas

Sat: Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari, Lotus

Saturday 13th October 2012

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Sat: Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari, Lotus

Sat: Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari, Lotus

Mark Webber clinched his second pole position of the season in Korea, edging Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton...

Red Bull:
Mark Webber: "It was a tight session for all of us. I think as the session unfolded, people were having different balance issues on different tyre compounds. I was happy with my lap there, it was solid and it's good to get pole. It's a great place to start the race from. I'm looking to get off the first corner very well, that's important as there are two long straights after that."

Sebastian Vettel: "Overall we can be very happy with the result. We were quite quick in the first and second qualifying sessions and had a good start to Q3. On the last run, I had to back off starting the lap as Massa was there, it wasn't his fault, but I had to back off. Nevertheless, the second lap in Q3 wasn't good enough. I lost time in the middle sector, which seemed to be okay all weekend, but when the circuit ramped I wasn't able to go with it, so I lost a bit, but second is a good position so start from. There are long straights near the start, so it could be interesting tomorrow."

McLaren:
Lewis Hamilton: "It's been quite a tough weekend in terms of getting a fast lap-time out of the car, so third on the grid is very satisfying. In Q3 I'll happily admit that I ragged the life out of the car and got everything from it, yet Mark [Webber] and Seb [Vettel] both claim they had a little bit left over. We'll see. Anyway, Jenson showed yesterday that our long-run pace is promising, so I'm really looking forward to the race tomorrow. Beating the Red Bulls will be about making a good getaway, making all the right strategy calls, and not making any mistakes. There'll be good opportunity for slipstreaming into the first few corners at the start too. I'll be going all-out for the win tomorrow."

Jenson Button: "I locked up in the final sector on my first Q2 lap, ran wide and had to go down to first gear - losing quite a lot of time in the process - so I reckon there was easily a couple of tenths that I could have had there. Then, on my final Q2 run, I lost time because of the yellow flags. I knew I could have gained a couple of extra tenths in that final sector, but as things panned out I couldn't improve because of the yellows. It's just one of those things, but I'll go forward from here tomorrow."

Ferrari:
Fernando Alonso: "I'd say we've made a step forward compared to Japan, just a week ago, both in terms of grid position and also the gap to the front. You can see that our car is better suited to this track, given that it is basically the same one we raced in Japan. We must improve it and I expect to see some updates coming, right from the next race in India. It's no surprise to see the two Red Bulls on the front row: indeed it's not by chance they were fastest in Q1 and Q2 also. My second run in Q1? I was being very careful not to wear out the tyres too much because I knew I'd be using them later in Q2. I think tomorrow we can have a good race: maybe I might lose a few places immediately after the start, as I'm on the dirty side of the track, but we have shown we have a good pace over a long run and so we should be able to stay with the lead group. Our aim tomorrow? It's very simple: to finish ahead of Vettel. From now on, how many points one has overall will not count for much, it will be scoring one more than my closest rival that matters. It could happen that I lose the lead in the championship and maybe arrive at the last race 24 points down, but what matters is to be first in the classification at the end of the Brazilian Grand Prix. What edge does the Red Bull have? A quicker car, but we have the better team."

Felipe Massa: "It was a reasonably good qualifying, even if it was not perfect. I made a few small mistakes that maybe cost me one or two places, but all in all, sixth place is definitely not a disaster. The most important thing today is that we made the cut through from Q2: it means that, from this point of view, we have made a significant step forward. Over a long run, we have seen in the past that we are more competitive than on a single flying lap and we hope that history will repeat itself tomorrow, so that we can fight with those who start ahead of us. In qualifying there are at least two cars quicker than us, but then in the race the situation is different. We have to come up with a good strategy, trying to get the best out of the tyres that don't appear to wear out much here. The first corner is very tight here and we hope we can get a normal start. Grosjean starting near me? I think he understands how he must behave so I'm not particularly concerned."

Lotus F1:
Kimi Raikkonen: "It's good for us to be higher up. We could have been in a similar position in the last one but I spun.It helps us, it will make us a bit better in the race. It's a safer and better position for the start. But the good thing I think is that the laptime is closer to the front, so that should give us better chances in the race because before we've been further away in laptime so we knew that it was going to be very difficult. Now I think we have a better chance to score better positions."

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