Sat: McLaren, STR, Lotus, FIndia

Saturday 7th September 2013

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Sat: McLaren, STR, Lotus, FIndia

Sat: McLaren, STR, Lotus, FIndia

There were top ten places in Saturday's Italian GP qualy for both McLaren drivers and the two Toro Rossos...

McLaren:
Sergio Perez: "We had a positive practice session this morning, so we hoped we'd have a good qualifying session, too. It's pleasing for the whole team that we got both cars into Q3. However, we were around three-tenths slower than the guys just in front of us - and I'm not really sure where they found those extra tenths because I think we did the best possible job with what we had today. Now, though, we're only thinking about tomorrow. I'm confident we can recover some of the ground we lost to the guys in front of us today, but that'll require us to pull together a good strategy for the race. Our engineers are a great bunch of guys, though, so I'm confident we can do just that."

Jenson Button: "I didn't really expect more from the car this afternoon, to be honest, and we showed just what it could do, Checo and I setting very similar times to each other. It's a little bit of a pity, though, because, if we hadn't run at all in Q3, our options would have been a little more open for tomorrow's race. However, sitting out the final session isn't really what any of us are here to do. Anyway, it is what it is, and we'll do our best tomorrow. I don't know exactly where we stand in terms of race pace - it'll be interesting to find out tomorrow - but the good thing is that I'm on the clean side of the grid, which might be an advantage as it's usually a bit chaotic down into the first corner here. All in all, I reckon we can certainly do something from ninth on the grid. Everyone is going to be on pretty similar strategies tomorrow, I'd say, so we'll have to see if we can make our race work for us in another way. The weather forecast for tomorrow looks a bit changeable, too, and things could get very interesting if it rains during the race."

Toro Rosso:
Daniel Ricciardo: "It's nice to be back in Q3. Maybe at the end, a top five finish might have been on the cards. However, we missed a little something in Q3, doing a two lap run, and with hindsight, maybe a one lap run with a lighter fuel load would have been better, but I am still happy with seventh. I dropped a wheel in the gravel at the second chicane which might have cost me some time. To have both cars in the top ten on merit on a dry track is a very good result. A wet or dry race? I am not too fussed, because I'm sure that if it does rain we will look pretty handy, and we are not too bad in the dry either. But for the fans, let's hope for a dry race. It's great driving here, because the crowd is so passionate about motor racing, even if most of them cheer for the red cars! The atmosphere is fantastic and, as an Italian team, I hope we can come away with some good points tomorrow."

Jean-Eric Vergne: "I have to thank the team for doing a great job to give me such a competitive car for this afternoon. We were not looking so good yesterday and all their efforts last night have paid off today in FP3 and qualifying. I pushed to the limit on my final run in Q3 and just got out of shape, going off into the gravel at the Parabolica corner. It's a shame, but I am pleased with P10. There is a big risk of rain tomorrow which could make life interesting, but clearly starting tenth, a significant number of points must be our target and it's a realistic one."

Lotus F1:
Kimi Raikkonen: "We were just not fast enough today. We have been suffering a bit all weekend so far and it was the same today. It just isn't our kind of circuit and layout where we have to run small wings. The car behaved pretty okay but we just didn't have the downforce to go fast through the corners with our low drag package. Hopefully tomorrow will be a bit better but I'm not expecting any big surprises. In any case we will do the best we can."

Romain Grosjean: "Today was difficult for us as we had no grip. I was quite surprised at how it went in free practice yesterday, but today was simply a different story. The aerodynamic configuration for Monza isn't an easy one and it didn't go the way we would have liked it to go. I hope that we find grip levels for tomorrow and are able to deliver as good a race as we can."

Force India:
Adrian Sutil: "A tough qualifying today. We made some changes overnight, but they didn't really show much improvement during final practice, which was strange. So there was not much we could do ahead of qualifying apart from change a few more things to try and help the balance. The car felt a bit better for qualifying, but we are still too far away from where we should be. My lap in Q2 was not too bad and P14 was the maximum today. Scoring points tomorrow is our aim and although it's a difficult task, we will do our best."

Paul di Resta: "It's been a mixed day with the brake disc failure this morning, which cost us some track time and meant we headed into qualifying with a car set-up that was far from optimised. The guys did a fantastic job to get the car ready in time, but ultimately we didn't have the performance to do any better than P16. It's fair to say that we have struggled more with our one-lap pace here, so hopefully we can be more competitive in race conditions. There's also talk of changeable weather so maybe we can do something with the strategy to move forward in the race."

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