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Russia GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Nico Rosberg
3 Valtteri Bottas

Sat: McLaren, STR, Force India, Sauber

Saturday 26th July 2014

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Sat: McLaren, STR, Force India, Sauber

Sat: McLaren, STR, Force India, Sauber

There were top ten times in qualifying in Hungary for Jenson Button, Jean-Eric Vergne and Nico Hulkenberg while Kevin Magnussen was P10 despite crashing out...

McLaren:
Jenson Button: "Until qualifying, it felt like it had been raining on me all weekend! Then, this afternoon, the car felt a lot better than it had in all the other sessions. That was a major positive. I think it's the 'never give up' attitude of the guys in the garage: we'd been playing with the set-up all weekend - it's better now, but there's still more work needed. Into Q2, we had reasonable pace and I think we did well to take seventh, just a few hundredths behind sixth. Seventh is basically where we are. We don't know what the weather will do tomorrow. In the dry, our long-run pace looks okay, but all the guys ahead of me are very quick, so we'll see what we can do. I'm on the clean side of the grid, so I'll be hoping for a good start."

Kevin Magnussen: "I just hit the wall. The track was much wetter at the first corner than it was at the last corner. As I came out of the final turn, there was full grip, so I braked for Turn One at the normal braking point, but it was much wetter. Physically, I'm fine but I'm sad that I didn't get more out of it. I'm most disappointed for the team, I think we could've got another decent qualifying result. Now, we just need to get on with it - starting from the pitlane will make life more difficult, but I'm determined to have a strong race. I'm just very disappointed to have made that mistake."

Toro Rosso:
Jean-Eric Vergne: "It was a good qualifying session. The team has done a great job overnight to give me a car today that I felt much better with than yesterday, so well done to everybody and thanks for the great effort. It's really encouraging for tomorrow, we just have to keep our head down and stay focussed. I will give it my hundred percent and aim to finish the race as high as possible and score some good points."

Daniil Kvyat: "It could have been an easy Q3 for me today, but unfortunately I locked the rear and I spun. I'm frustrated with myself for this mistake, but I'm confident I will learn from this. I will put this behind me now and focus on tomorrow. It's not easy to overtake on this track, but we will do our best from P11, which is not such a bad position to start from."

Force India:
Nico Hulkenberg: "Considering our performance this morning in final practice, I think it's a good effort by the whole team to make it through to Q3 this afternoon. The wind was affecting us quite badly, but fortunately the direction changed before qualifying and that seemed to help us. Then it was just a case of keeping calm, being nice and tidy with the laps and pushing the car as much as we could. For the race I'm feeling optimistic because our long-run performance looked reasonable yesterday and I certainly feel we can be in the battle for points. In order to make things work in our favour and beat our competitors, we need to be flexible with the strategy tomorrow as it's usually difficult to overtake here."

Sergio Perez: "It was a difficult session with the main issue being the hydraulic leak that affected my car in Q2. It meant that I was only able to do one run before I had to park in the garage. Without this I think we had the potential to reach Q3, especially because we made a good step with the balance this morning. It's a shame not to maximise our potential here on this track because it's so difficult to overtake. It means we will have to try and make up the ground tomorrow with the strategy. I'm still feeling positive about the race because our speed on Friday during the long runs looked quite strong."

Sauber:
Adrian Sutil: "It was an exciting qualifying. Twelfth is my best result so far this season. We were quite competitive today and so driving is much more fun. Although it was difficult to adapt my driving, as we had another set-up in the morning. It was not easy to put a perfect lap together. Finally, it was important to keep cool. My engineer and myself worked perfectly together. This result is very important considering our current situation. I am happy about the great team effort today."

Esteban Gutierrez: "Overall it was a positive day for us. I think the whole team did a very good job during the weekend. We explored the set-up quite a lot on Friday and we managed to put everything together for today. We need to keep going in this direction, as we found some tenths and we have come closer to the teams in front of us. Adrian did a very good lap at the end. On my last flying lap I got the yellow flags, so I had to interrupt my run and came into the pits immediately. Tomorrow could be interesting due to the weather conditions. It can be a tricky race."

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