Sat: Lotus, Marussia, Caterham

Saturday 5th April 2014

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Sat: Lotus, Marussia, Caterham

Sat: Lotus, Marussia, Caterham

Lotus joined Marussia and Caterham at the bottom of the timesheets in Bahrain qualifying but at least Romain Grosjean made it into Q2...

Lotus F1:
Romain Grosjean: "It was tight to get to Q2. We knew beforehand that we were around the cut off, so it was great to get through. If we look at the whole weekend we've been struggling on the track. This evening the car felt more together and more driveable - of course sixteenth is not great and we're never going to be satisfied with that, but I'm happy with the way the team has been working and pushing in the right direction. We have to try things and try to understand why we are where we are and why we are not unlocking our potential. I hope the race pace will be a little bit better than the qualifying pace and then we can put up a good fight in the race."

Pastor Maldonado: "We're not here to fight for P16 and P17 so it's a bit disappointing to see ourselves where we are in qualifying at the moment. We just need to be focused and try to push even more on the development of the car to catch the people around us. At the moment it's fair to say our car is a bit on the slow side and quite difficult to drive. However we've made an important step forwards in terms of reliability. There have been no problems this weekend which is quite positive so fingers crossed for tomorrow. For race pace we look much more competitive than in qualifying. I'm looking forward to the race and seeing what is possible."

Caterham:
Kamui Kobayashi: "FP3 was a much better session than we'd had yesterday. The guys had worked until just before curfew to get the cars ready and they did really well to prepare for Saturday. The car was performing pretty well in FP3, a little oversteer, but that was to be expected with the track temperatures in the afternoon, but we didn't want to make any changes as it was obviously going to be cooler in the evening. In quali my first run was good - one flying lap on the options that I didn't think I could improve on so I boxed and we waited until there were about three minutes left and then went out for one more flying lap. I definitely got everything I could out of the car on that run and finished about four-tenths from Q2, a realistic view of where we are now with performance. That's the first time this season we've really had a chance to extract maximum performance from the car, after a good Friday and Saturday, so it's clear what we need to do to improve. We saw last week in Malaysia we have good race pace, but we need to bridge that gap to be able to fight in quali with teams like Lotus and Sauber, and that's the target. For tomorrow I think we're in a much better position than we were in the first two races, particularly with the work we did yesterday, so if we can continue this better reliability the race could be a good one for us."

Marcus Ericsson: "We definitely made some improvements overnight and I want to thank everyone in the team for the efforts they put in to move on from what had been a bit of a difficult Friday. My final run on the options was the best of the weekend so far - we'd improved the braking and the overall balance so I went into quali feeling pretty positive about being able to fight with our nearest rivals. We started Q1 on a set of new options but I had a bit of a lock-up that cost me quite a bit of time on the first run. I wasn't going to get any more out of that set of tyres so we boxed and then went for another final run towards the end of the session. My final lap was definitely my best of the weekend but I didn't have a great outlap so I know I could have found more, but overall I'm reasonably pleased with how Saturday has gone. It's been a much better weekend so far with reliability and with the improvements we made today I'm now focused on having another solid race tomorrow. I'm learning all the time, and with the mileage we've now done here in Bahrain I want to make tomorrow's race my strongest yet - do that and this will have been a good weekend."

Marussia:
Jules Bianchi: "The car balance was pretty good today. We lost some time on the straight - 0.3s - which I thought we had got on top of and ultimately this cost us getting ahead of Kobayashi. It's something we need to look at as we need to get back in front of the Caterhams, not losing out to them. We will hope to recover a little bit of ground tomorrow but it will be tough."

Max Chilton: "I'm a little bit disappointed after that qualifying session as I thought we had done enough to edge a bit closer to Q2. When everything comes together we aren't that far away and if you look at the overall spread of times we have made some progress. We didn't achieve everything we could today, but having said that, I think tomorrow we'll have a better showing."

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