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

Sat: Red Bull, McLaren, Lotus, Merc

Saturday 17th November 2012

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Sat: Red Bull, McLaren, Lotus, Merc

Sat: Red Bull, McLaren, Lotus, Merc

Sebastian Vettel claimed pole position for the United States GP, beating Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber...

Red Bull:
Sebastian Vettel: "I'm very, very pleased with the result obviously. We started off on the right foot I think yesterday. The first practice was very good for us. It was extremely slippery to be honest to start with. Obviously the circuit is brand new, the asphalt is brand new and it takes a while for the track to come in but it's also quite a lot fun to slide around a couple of corners and it just got better throughout. I think you can see the lap times just got quicker. Through qualifying I think we were very happy. In the last section I would have loved to go a little bit quicker. I think I lost a little bit in the first and the last sector. It was a little bit closer than I wanted with Lewis. But overall, fantastic. Obviously, it's very important here to start from the front. We start on the clean side, both of us, so yeah, should be a good race tomorrow."

Mark Webber: "I'm pretty happy with qualifying actually. It's a very tricky venue in terms of tyres, circuit conditions, all those type of things together Seb touched on. It's easy to be out of the window here and not be super competitive if you don't get everything together. I was pretty happy with the last part of Q3. We had to manage a little problem in the car, which in the end I don't think would have costs us a position because the guys obviously were pretty quick and both did very strong lap times. But I'd have liked to have had a little bit more pace but overall I'm happy to the third on the grid. As you say it's certainly up there towards the front and we can have a very, very strong grand prix from there. So, it's a great job from the team. I think Constructors'-wise we've got our eye firmly on that tomorrow, to try and put that to bed and that'll be a huge result for everyone at Milton Keynes and at Renault."

McLaren:
Lewis Hamilton: "I came here this weekend to push almost beyond the limit - and that approach seemed to work in qualifying. I gave it everything. I did two consecutive quick-laps - and, on my second lap, having put in a 'banker', I didn't really have anything to lose, so I went almost over the limit, really on the edge, but the car still seemed to handle it well. On the final corner, I gained a little time on the entry but lost it on the exit. I got every corner perfect, I reckon, except for that last one. Looking ahead to tomorrow, Turn One is very wide and there'll be lots of opportunities for drivers to make or lose positions. My side of the grid will be a bit dirty, because it's off-line, so I hope the authorities will cleaning the circuit on that side of the track so that the drivers on the inside will have a chance to at least keep their positions at the start."

Jenson Button: "It was such a pity to be put out of the running so early into the qualifying session. We had a throttle pedal problem - the engineers don't yet know exactly what caused it - but I suffered a loss of drive out on the circuit. Fortunately, I got one decently quick lap in during Q2, which was good enough for P12, otherwise I'd have been starting much farther back. This circuit is such a fun place to drive around, but it's not going to be too easy to overtake. Going into Turn One at the start is also going to be tricky, particularly as I'll be starting so far back. Still, I really hope we can put on a great show for all the American fans - it's great to see so many people embracing the sport."

Lotus F1:
Romain Grosjean: "I will start P9, but this is racing. The guys did an awesome job to change the gearbox between FP3 and Qualifying - which was a really tight turnaround - but we're still in the top ten even with the penalty so that's a good result. Apart from the gearbox problem, it's all gone very well today. We've understood a difficult and evolving circuit and found a good set-up. I'm happy to be where I am and at least I will be on the good side of the track for the start tomorrow."

Kimi Raikkonen: "I was actually expecting a more difficult qualifying session today, but the car was the best it's felt all weekend so it turned out to be quite good. The set-up is still not exactly how I want it but it's much closer. The warmer conditions make the car work much better and that certainly makes a difference. Starting on the dirty side of the grid maybe isn't the best; we'll have to hope that the circuit picks up a little more grip for the race tomorrow."

Mercedes:
Michael Schumacher: "Qualifying was better than we expected, especially as we have struggled over the weekend and have worked hard to make progress and achieve such a solid job today. Qualifying in sixth place is a good and important position for us as a team. I had a good lap in Q3 and everything felt right with the car so we were able to maximise the potential. It will make a big difference here whether you start from the clean or dirty side of the grid, so gaining an extra place due to Grosjean's penalty was a nice surprise. The car looks reasonably consistent for the race and I would like to achieve the maximum result possible tomorrow."

Nico Rosberg: "I ran our old exhaust system in qualifying today as part of our evaluation programme for next year. We had already used it yesterday and made the decision to continue for the rest of the weekend to help with the learning process. The car felt good this morning in the cool temperatures but the difference to Michael's car surprised me this afternoon. So I hope that the race pace is better tomorrow and the switch will be worth it. I will definitely push to score points."

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