Sat: McLaren, FIndia, Sauber, STR

Saturday 11th May 2013

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Sat: McLaren, FIndia, Sauber, STR

Sat: McLaren, FIndia, Sauber, STR

There were top ten times in qualifying for the Spanish GP for Sergio Perez and Paul di Resta...

McLaren:
Sergio Perez: "We've had a difficult couple of days - I had problems throughout practice - so to get through to Q3 was a great result, and something we really weren't expecting. I'm very pleased because I got absolutely everything out of the car. So we'll go into the race tomorrow looking to maximise our potential. If we can manage that, I think we should be satisfied. The whole Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team is determined to keep on fighting. I've seen how hard the guys in the garage, and everybody back at MTC, are working to get us back to the front - so today's result just makes me even more hungry to justify all their efforts."

Jenson Button: "Congratulations to Checo - he did a great job, particularly in Q2. He did everything right this afternoon and showed that some of our recent upgrades are definitely working. It's not yet enough, but it's rewarding to see that we're making some progress. For me, the car felt okay in Q1, but, in Q2, I couldn't find the grip for my final run. It felt as though the tyre pressures may have been too high, but to be honest we're not yet quite sure exactly what happened. So, tomorrow, from 14th on the grid, whatever we do will be difficult. It'll be a tricky afternoon, but we'll definitely do our best to make the best of it."

Force India:
Paul di Resta: "I think we can feel pretty pleased with tenth because we achieved our target of reaching Q3. I did not quite get the maximum from Q3, because it was difficult to optimise the final sector on my out lap, but we are still in a good position for the race. Tyre wear will play a big role tomorrow because this place is one of the hardest tracks for the tyres. Hopefully that will work to our advantage and we can make some progress with a good strategy and not spend too much time in the pit lane. There will obviously be a lot of cars behind me with new tyres, so the race to the first corner will be crucial."

Adrian Sutil: "Q1 went well and my run on the hard tyres gave me some good information before I fitted the mediums. Then Q2 was a bit disappointing because my position on the track for the final run was not ideal. Vergne pulled out of the pits just as I was leaving and I had Nico [Hulkenberg] pushing from behind. Also Webber was on a flying lap and it was difficult to find a gap. I think that's the main reason why I missed out on Q3 because we had the pace to be in the top ten. I'm sure my car is going to work well tomorrow, but it's so tough to overtake here and qualifying position is very important."

Toro Rosso:
Daniel Ricciardo: "I was pleased with the way the session went overall, particularly Q2 and I think we got the most we could out of the car. While yesterday was a good day for us, this morning was nowhere near as positive, as I had problems with the balance on the car. So we had to play catch-up and this afternoon we managed to get it right. I was happy with my lap in Q2, even though you can't help feeling a little bit disappointed to miss out on Q3 by such a small margin. But we are close and we can have a good race tomorrow. We have made progress and we are once again looking as competitive as we did in China."

Jean-Eric Vergne: "We have made a good step forward which means we start the European part of the season with a stronger car, so that anything is possible tomorrow. There are a lot of positives to take from this afternoon, starting with the fact my car's set-up will be even better suited to race conditions than to qualifying. Twelfth is a good place to start and points should be on the agenda tomorrow. The team has done a fantastic job to bring some updates that have worked well, but we still need to do a bit more to be genuine contenders for Q3, but so far it has been a good weekend and I am feeling very confident for tomorrow."

Sauber:
Nico Hulkenberg: "Qualifying went according to plan today. It is disappointing, as we are simply too slow. The updates this weekend were a step in the right direction, and the set up of the car during qualifying was good, but not good enough as the other teams might have improved even more. I am very satisfied with my lap in Q2. It was the perfect lap. We used two sets of mediums in order to try to get a better grid position, but in the end it wasn't enough, because we were missing pace. Other than that, I think we can be satisfied with what we have done, but we simply need to find more speed."

Esteban Gutierrez: "Qualifying today was tricky. Yesterday and in FP3 this morning I felt quite confident and the laps seemed to be consistent. Overall I think the updates are a good step forward. I could have got more speed out of the last set of tyres, but it's a delicate position when you are driving on the limit and I tried to get the best out of what we have. I'm not satisfied, as I want to be further in front. We simply need to keep pushing to get more speed."

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