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

Sun: McLaren, Sauber, Force India, STR

Sunday 7th July 2013

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Sun: McLaren, Sauber, Force India, STR

Sun: McLaren, Sauber, Force India, STR

It was a good day for McLaren at the Nurburgring as Jenson Button came from P9 to finish sixth.

McLaren
Jenson Button:
"There are a lot of positives to take away from this weekend; our pace was reasonably good; it's nice to be racing cars closer to the front, such as the Mercedes; our laptimes compared to the four cars at the front weren't too bad either; and today's points are badly needed right now.

"Unfortunately, the two Caterhams fighting in front of me in the closing laps probably cost me fifth place. When you're fighting for position, you expect the backmarkers to move over, even if they're fighting for position themselves. It's a shame - those points could be so important for us later in the season.

"The Safety Car also didn't help our strategy - but we were a lot stronger this weekend than we've been for the past few races.

"We can be positive - as a team, we didn't put a foot wrong all weekend, and we got the best out of what we have.

"Overall, it's a positive day for the team - now we just need to find some more pace in the car."

Sergio Perez: "My car performed a lot better today than it did yesterday. We had better pace and degradation than we'd expected: we managed a very long final stint, and I think we maximised everything today. We should be happy.

"After the Safety Car, it was like the start of a second race. I just focused on preserving the tyres over that long stint - the car and tyres performed very strongly, but we just lost out on the final corner. It was always going to be difficult to hold Mark [Webber] back.

"This is a good step on from Silverstone - it's been a very promising weekend, and I hope we can take another step forward for Hungary."

Sauber
Nico Hulkenberg:
"It was an extremely tough race. I was fighting on every lap, but thisis what we were able to get out of it. To be honest, I expected we wouldhave better pace today, but we didn't. The car didn't feel as good asI expected it would either. I thought, and hoped, we could fight withMcLaren, but, unfortunately, they were too fast for us today. It was arace with a lot of overtaking and wheel-to-wheel battles, which arealways fun. However, having to fight for positions all the time is nevergood for the strategy, as it's tough on the tyres and you loose time.Nevertheless, this weekend was better than the previous ones. We didn'thave an update on the car, we experimented with the set-up, which workedwell."

Esteban Gutierrez: "From the beginning to the end we were fighting for positions, so it was a very tough race. It was difficult to overtake, because we were lacking speed on the straights. My rhythm was quite reasonable and I tried to do my best. The strategy wasn't ideal, although everything went to plan,but we pitted just before the safety car, which didn't make it any easier."

Force India
Paul di Resta:
"It's not been the easiest of weekends for us, but in the final part of the race it looked like we were on course to score some points. In the end we just ran out of tyres during the last couple of laps, but it was always going to be risky with our two-stop strategy, especially as we had to pit under the safety car. There were times in the race when the car was working well, but I really struggled with the first set of mediums and was not happy with the balance. Things improved quite a bit for the final stint, but by then we were out of position. It's a bit gutting to miss out on points so we need to unleash our potential and get back to our usual form in Hungary."

Adrian Sutil "It turned out to be quite a disappointing race and for whatever reason we've just not had the pace this weekend. I struggled a lot with the tyres and had to convert from a two-stop race to a three-stop race, which was not our plan. I also lost some time at my final pit stop and after that the points were just too far away."

Toro Rosso
Daniel Ricciardo:
"A frustrating and rather dull race for me. After the start, I was able to hold position on the Option, but once we pitted for the Prime tyre, I really struggled for pace and couldn't push as hard as I wanted to in order to get more out of the car. I did try to push more, but the car wouldn't take it and I began to lock the brakes and slide too much, as I didn't have enough grip. This meant I had to drive more smoothly, but it was very frustrating going round and round, gradually slipping backwards. I can't explain why for now, so we will need to look at the data to see why we were just too slow for much of the weekend."

Jean-Eric Vergne: "There's not much to say today, because after not having a good pace all weekend, today there was no change. I found the car very difficult to drive right from the start, then there was the moment at my pit stop, when I had to brake hard to avoid Di Resta who was released from his pit right in front of me, which cost me more time. On lap 23 the team told me they had spotted a fault with the hydraulics and called me in to retire. It's extremely disappointing, as this is my second consecutive race retirement. A weekend to forget."

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