Abu Dhabi

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

Sat: Lotus, Ferrari, McLaren, Sauber

Saturday 29th June 2013

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Sat: Lotus, Ferrari, McLaren, Sauber

Sat: Lotus, Ferrari, McLaren, Sauber

It wasn't a good Saturday for Lotus and Ferrari with Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso starting on the fifth row of the grid.

Lotus
Romain Grosjean:
"Whilst were very quick on the hard tyres at the beginning of qualifying, we weren't as competitive on the mediums, I don't know if it's the weather or something else, but we weren't as good on them as in free practice this morning meaning we didn't have enough to qualify further up the grid. We are working hard and in the right direction, but the tyres are still playing a key part. I'm quite satisfied with my performance today."

Kimi Raikkonen: "It was a close qualifying session between both of the team's cars so I think we both got pretty much all there was from the car today. It's not ideal as we'd like to be nearer the front of the grid, but it is what it is. We'll go into the race wanting to get a better result than we did in qualifying. Usually this is what happens for us and and hopefully that is the case again tomorrow."

Ferrari
Fernando Alonso:
"This weekend has been complicated for us by problems that we haven't managed to get on top of, concerning various aspects such as the balance of the car, its driveability and performance. We can consider this the worst Saturday of the season so far, having never finished so far down, but now we must react immediately to try and return to the form we showed at the start of the year. We definitely expected a lot more here, because this is a track that suits our car's characteristics better than others. In Q3, we hesitated a bit over tyre choice: we went out on the Hards because they had worked well in free practice this morning and in Q1. Then we switched to Medium with the idea of just coming back to the pits if it did not go well but then we decided to finish the lap and nevertheless our rivals were quicker. Now, we must try to do the same, starting from tomorrow: even if the race will be an uphill struggle we are well aware how things can change during a race. We hope we can stage a good climb up the order and bring home as many points as possible."

Felipe Massa: "It was an extremely difficult day as we did not have the car we were expecting and we had no grip whatsoever with new tyres. Compared to other cars, we struggled to put together a good lap. The time lost when I went off the track yesterday and the interruption this morning to change the engine definitely cost me valuable kilometres and in qualifying I lacked the few tenths necessary to make it through to Q3. Now we must think about tomorrow, as the race is an altogether different matter and I hope that, with a full fuel load and higher temperatures, things can change in our favour. If the car is more competitive, I'm sure I can pull off a few passing moves and fight for a good result."

McLaren
Jenson Button:
"I'm higher on the grid than I expected after practice. Yesterday, I didn't think we'd qualify ahead of one Ferrari and just behind the two Lotuses. But I was much happier in qualifying than I'd been all weekend - we should be positive that we've improved the car. I think 11th was the best we could have realistically achieved today. Even if we'd got into Q3, we'd probably have been 10th; so starting 11th means I'll have a new set of tyres and will start from the clean side of the grid. After Q2 I walked down the pitlane to the FIA scales, waving to the crowd. There were so many Union Jacks and rocket-red caps out there, and the fans have been unbelievably supportive all weekend. You always want to do a good job in front of your home crowd, so I want to say a big 'thank-you' to them for their support. You never know what will happen tomorrow: starting 11th isn't great, but we can race well from there. I will drive my heart out for a good result."

Sergio Perez:"It's been a difficult day. The puncture in FP3 wasn't the best preparation for qualifying - and it made it more difficult, because we had to change the damaged floor for the older-spec version. This afternoon, I struggled a little with the warm-up of my tyres during Q2; I lost temperature when I was stopped and weighed at the FIA scales. We've been a bit unlucky all day. Still, we were a lot closer today than we were yesterday. Even if it's not apparent, we've definitely made some improvements, and I think we might have had the potential to slip into Q3 if we'd been a little bit luckier. Our race pace should be better than our qualifying pace. Tomorrow is still going to be difficult, but I'm positive we can go forwards from here."

Sauber
Nico Hulkenberg:
"Unfortunately P15 is reality. It was more or less the best we could do today. The car was difficult to drive, especially at high speed with a little bit of wind the car is very sensitive. We are simply not quick enough. Of course, a lot can happen during the race tomorrow, and maybe a bit of English rain would help us. But I think points will be difficult, then again you should never say never."

Esteban Gutierrez:"Compared to the practice sessions yesterday, I think we made a step forward, but it's tricky because we find ourselves in a position where everything is on the limit. What ever we do there is always a compromise to it, which is challenging. It seems I am loosing a lot of time at the exit of the corners, and this is tricky, because that is usually when I try to push and get things right. I believe I did my best with overall good and consistent laps. But it is just not quick enough. This is something we have to evaluate and see what we can do to be better in order to progress."

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