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Sat: STR, Caterham, Marussia, HRT

Saturday 27th October 2012

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Sat: STR, Caterham, Marussia, HRT

Sat: STR, Caterham, Marussia, HRT

Although Daniel Ricciardo made it into Q2 in India, Toro Rosso was still the slowest of the established teams...

Toro Rosso:
Daniel Ricciardo: "That was quite a good session for me and I was pretty happy with my laps, even if my last run in Q2 was a bit scrappy, but generally I pushed hard to get the time out of the car. I had hoped to get a bit closer to Q3, but looking at our pace this morning, we did make a small step forward for qualifying. The nature of this circuit means you have to be aggressive with it. We are looking alright for tomorrow as my lap time on used Options seems quite respectable."

Jean-Eric Vergne: "Yesterday, Daniel and I had tried different set-ups on our cars and mine was not working so well, so we made changes to the car overnight, which meant that this morning it was like starting from the beginning with a clean sheet of paper. It turned out to be quite complicated to find the right balance on the car so it was difficult for me. I am disappointed to have missed out on Q2 by just fractions of a second and so I will have to try and get a good race tomorrow. We have finished in the points starting lower down than this so why not hope for some more points tomorrow? If you look at Daniel's performance today, the car definitely has the performance, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow."

Caterham:
Vitaly Petrov: "I'm really happy with where we finished up today. All weekend the team has done a good job and I've had a balance I've been happy with in every session. We made a couple of changes for quali and the way the car felt and my laptimes showed that we made some progress, so I'm pleased with that. Now we're looking ahead to tomorrow and to be honest anything could happen. Nobody's too sure what tyre strategies will be run, it could be one stop or two, so we'll look at that tonight and I'm pretty sure that if we make the right choice we could have a decent result in the race."

Heikki Kovalainen: "It's been a pretty good weekend so far. The balance has been better than we had in Korea and on my first run in qualifying the car felt ok. There was more to come but I had a bit of traffic that held me up and then on my second run I caught up with a bunch of cars going into turn 10 and lost a bit of grip, enough to put me off. I wasn't going in too hard and there weren't any issues with the car, I just lost the front end and even with the spin I didn't lose any positions so I think we can still have a good race tomorrow."

Marussia:
Timo Glock: "Free Practice 3 this morning was okay but in qualifying we again experienced a more general problem with the overall balance. Even though the track is dirty, the grip level on the racing line is high, but we were unable to make the most of that because I was unable to get temperature into the front right. On my first run, using the Hard prime tyre, I got a reasonable time. On the second run, the Soft option felt okay and I had a really good first sector. I got a good slipstream from Perez and I was already 0.4s up on my lap. Due to the low temperature I strayed off track, got a massive flat-spot and effectively took the corner on three wheels. I also had a problem with the DRS activation in turn 10 and had to abort the first flying lap on the Soft tyre. Overall I am pleased that we have managed to close the gap to Caterham in qualifying now as well as the race; given that we don't have KERS, this is very pleasing for everyone in the Team. It is a shame though that the problems we did encounter today prevented us from splitting Petrov and Kovalainen because that was easily within our grasp. Looking to tomorrow, we have a good strategy and have given ourselves a couple of options to play with, so the aim now is to have a good race with the cars ahead and try to get the best result we can. My thanks to my car crew for their efforts here and the quick turnaround between runs, but also to the factory for continuing to push right to the end of the season."

Charles Pic: "Naturally I am a little disappointed with qualifying today because it was not a reflection of our true pace here. The first run on the Hard tyre was strong in sectors 1 and 2, but I had to abort the lap. In the second run, on the Soft tyre, we were less competitive than on the Hard tyre, which will take some analysis to understand. The overall lap time was better, but only because we were able to complete the lap. I think we have a lot of work to do to make sure we have the car performing well tomorrow, because our race pace is good. It will be difficult starting behind the HRTs but my objective will be to get past them as soon as possible as this will be crucial in enabling me to have a good race tomorrow, which I very much hope for."

HRT:
Pedro de la Rosa: "Although we didn't find the lap we were hoping for, we did complete a very good qualifying session. With the first set of tyres the car performed very well and I was able to complete three clean laps. However, with the second set and with more rubber on the track when times could be improved significantly, I encountered a lot of traffic and I was unable to complete a clean lap. The car was better today than yesterday and we could've been even quicker but with the traffic it was impossible. But the positive thing is that we qualified well at a difficult track and the car improved so I hope to achieve a better result tomorrow."

Narain Karthikeyan: "Overall I'm happy with the performance we showed in the qualifying session. On my second run I made a mistake on lap 10 which cost me a couple of tenths but the large amount of cars on the track was the main problem as we didn't find a gap to go as quick as we would have liked. Despite this I'm happy because we finished ahead of one of the Marussias, my time was almost identical to Pedro's and we've got good pace so we can be satisfied. The car has improved and tomorrow we will try to continue progressing to achieve a good result in front of my home crowd."

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