Abu Dhabi

Last Race: 23rd Nov Abu Dhabi

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

Sat: Red Bull, Merc, Lotus, Sauber

Saturday 2nd November 2013

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Sat: Red Bull, Merc, Lotus, Sauber

Sat: Red Bull, Merc, Lotus, Sauber

Mark Webber claimed pole position for the Abu Dhabi GP as he qualified ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg...

Red Bull:
Mark Webber: "This weekend so far has gone pretty smoothly for us. It's not the easiest venue, because of the changing temperatures. We run in the afternoon and then at night, so you have to be on top of the changing conditions as a driver and also from an engineering perspective. It wasn't the most electric start to Q1 or Q2, but we made changes to the car as the session went on and I got more comfortable. I knew I had to work on certain sections of the track which Sebastian had already been doing a good job on, so I had to try and match him as well as continuing to keep the areas where I was doing a good job too, so overall I'm happy with the pole. We're really looking forward to the race tomorrow."

Sebastian Vettel: "First of all I think it was a great result for the team. At the start of qualifying I think Mercedes looked very strong with both Nico and Lewis; Mark and myself weren't hanging about, but they were very quick. In Q3 we seemed to be able to find a little bit of extra time. Mark did a very good lap, so congratulations to him. I should have done a little bit better, but I don't know if it would have been enough, Mark deserves to be on pole today; it was a good lap with no mistakes. On top of that, it's a great result for the team and we should have a strong result tomorrow."

Mercedes:
Nico Rosberg: "It's great to have another positive Saturday for our team. Again we are the best of the rest which is our aim for the weekend and starting from P3 and P4 are great positions for us to score lots of points in the constructors' championship. My last lap in Q3 wasn't great today but there was only a small chance to improve my time anyway. Mark and Seb were just too quick today for me to get on the front row but I'm confident that we can have a good race from here tomorrow."

Lewis Hamilton: "Fourth place feels pretty good this evening considering the time was set on my first Q3 lap. Unfortunately on my second lap it looks like something gave way at the back of the car as I got on the power at the chicane and it just snapped out, which forced me into a spin. It was a great lap and might just have been enough to get us onto the front row as I was fourth-tenths up on my first effort but these things happen. The car felt really strong today so we'll hope for a good start and then challenge to make up some positions in the race tomorrow. The good thing is that we are ahead of Ferrari and that's where we need to stay. I'm looking forward to tomorrow and hope we can get a good result."

Lotus F1:
Kimi Raikkonen: "Today wasn't too bad overall. In the early sessions both yesterday and today I struggled a bit to get the car working how I wanted, but in the evening when the temperature is cooler it's been much more to my liking. This is good as the race will be in the evening so we'd prefer it that way around for sure. The short wheelbase car seems to suit my style a bit better too, so hopefully we can continue this way for tomorrow. Of course, you always want to be as far up the grid as you can and we clearly weren't the fastest today, but you never know what might happen on Sunday so we'll see what we can do."

Romain Grosjean: "That was one of the trickier qualifying sessions we've had recently, and seventh on the grid is not where we expected to be after the pace we've shown so far this weekend. The car felt quite different this evening - particularly in terms of front end - so we'll need to investigate where it's not quite working. It's a long race tomorrow in tough conditions and everyone around us will be starting on the same tyres, so we need to try and find some performance from the data tonight to achieve our target of the podium."

Sauber:
Nico Hulkenberg: "It was a perfect lap and I could really get the maximum out of the car. Overtaking won't be easy on this track. There are the two DRS zones, and in the past there have been a few overtaking manoeuvres, but I think we have a good top-speed. We were able to be in the top ten all weekend and I am confident this will continue to be the case tomorrow as well."

Esteban Gutierrez: "It's very disappointing to start P17, because our pace is really good. We were on a push, pull, push strategy and ran out of time for the second push. The call was tricky, as on the first lap I ran into traffic and for the second push we ran out of time, so I didn't get the chance to set a lap. It was clearly a mistake, and we were only missing a few seconds."

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