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Italy GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Nico Rosberg
3 Felipe Massa

Sat: STR, FIndia, Lotus, Sauber

Saturday 8th June 2013

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Sat: STR, FIndia, Lotus, Sauber

Sat: STR, FIndia, Lotus, Sauber

There were top ten places in qualifying in Montreal for Jean-Eric Vergne, Adrian Sutil, Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo...

Toro Rosso:
Jean-Eric Vergne: "It was not an easy session and at one point I thought I wouldn't even make it out of Q1! But we managed to improve a couple of things on the car and that helped. Generally, I feel comfortable in the wet, but that wasn't the case today. The car wasn't exceptional, but we got the most out of it I think. It was tough driving out there, but in the end it worked as is clear from the fact I got seventh place on the grid. It's my best ever F1 qualifying, but I'm not going to be jumping for joy over a seventh place, as there are no points given out on Saturday. We still have the main part of the job to do tomorrow, when I will be trying to at the very least maintain this position and even do better. I'm a racing driver so I always want to go forward. It will be a difficult afternoon in very different conditions, but our long run pace was good yesterday so that's a reason to be optimistic."

Daniel Ricciardo: "The conditions were very difficult this afternoon, everything you can think of - wet, damp, greasy, oily...so we never really got going and we were quite lucky to make it into Q3 as I was never really comfortable or happy with the car on the intermediate tyre. I think there was an element of luck with me getting into the top ten today. If it's dry tomorrow, I feel we can move forward up the order as I think that there are a few guys in front of us, who won't have that pace in the dry so I'm definitely hoping the rain holds off tomorrow. However, I am happy that both Toro Rossos are in the top ten, which is a great achievement for the team."

Force India:
Adrian Sutil: "I'm quite happy with eighth place. It was a tough qualifying session and very hard to judge the conditions. Some parts of the track were wet and other areas were dry, so it was difficult to know how much to push. I also struggled to get the heat in the tyres, so it was not easy to get it altogether for one lap. The most important lap for me was just after the red flag: we all queued up at the end of the pit lane - a bit like a race start - and I knew I had one chance to make Q2. Fortunately it worked out well for me."

Paul di Resta: "It's very frustrating to be starting in P17 so we need to sit down and analyse exactly what happened. Something went wrong with the seamless shift software during my first run in Q1 and when I came in the team tried to fix it. It was only a small issue, but we lost valuable time trying to find a solution. Meanwhile the track was getting faster and faster. By the time I had got back out it was raining again and therefore we missed the track at its best. There's not much you can do in that situation, but it's a massive disappointment given how competitive the car was yesterday. I'll try and take the positives because you can overtake on this track and the car is strong. We need to come up with a masterplan tonight and I will be pushing hard tomorrow."

Lotus F1:
Kimi Raikkonen: "We didn't have grip in these conditions so we did pretty much all we could do, but if there's no grip you can't go faster. In this weather it's difficult as sometimes the rain gets harder, sometimes the track is drying so you have to try to be out there when the circuit's at its best. P9 on the grid is not what we want so we'll have to see what we can do in the race tomorrow."

Romain Grosjean: "Clearly not the best day, and of course with the grid penalty I now start in what should be P29 for the race, which is a long way back! After we changed to new intermediates mid-way through the session I had one lap to set a time when the track was at its driest, but there were yellow flags after someone went straight on so I had to slow down and respect the warning. Then the track was too wet to go faster. We got caught out a little bit by the weather but it's nobody's fault; just yet more bad luck. In these conditions it's impossible to predict when the rain will be at its heaviest and we didn't see anything from the radar to suggest it would get worse. It's going to be a long race from the back, but we know the car is quick so our weekend is far from over yet."

Sauber:
Nico Hulkenberg: "It was really bad luck today. I was on a good lap and could have made Q3, but then the red flag came out 200 metres before the finish line. But I think, after a difficult day yesterday, today we improved quite a bit and P11 is not too bad to start from - it's close to the points. According to the weather forecast it's going to be dry and warmer than it has been all weekend. We have to wait and see how competitive we can be."

Esteban Gutierrez: "The conditions today were very tricky. I was trying to find the limit of the car, and getting grip was difficult. A red flag interrupted Q2, and then it was quite a challenge to put a lap together. Although FP3 was shortened, we were able to get an idea of what would be possible in qualifying. We are pushing the window to the top 10 and we need to keep fighting for Q3. For the race tomorrow we are not sure about the weather, but I suppose it's going to be dry. This can be good for us, because we decided on a low downforce set-up. Hopefully this will help us to overtake."

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