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Sat: STR, Lotus, Marussia, Sauber

Saturday 5th July 2014

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Sat: STR, Lotus, Marussia, Sauber

Sat: STR, Lotus, Marussia, Sauber

There were top ten times in British GP qualy for Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne while Marussia secured their best Saturday result to date...

Toro Rosso:
Daniil Kvyat: "We were fighting for really high positions today, but then towards the end we made the decision not to go out anymore. At that time it seemed to be the right decision because it was hard to imagine that anyone would have improved times because it had rained quite a lot and track conditions were tricky out there. But anyway, this is the way it is and in the end, P9 and P10 are good positions to start the race from. We will definitely fight hard tomorrow!"

Jean-Eric Vergne: "It was a good qualifying session today, at least until towards the end when we made a mistake in deciding not to go out again for one last run and improve our position. I don't really know why but it's a fact that all the others went out again and improved as expected. It's a shame as we had a good car to fight for a higher position in the ranking, and it's disappointing also considering that along the weekend we have consistently been quicker than some of the cars that will be in front of us on the grid tomorrow. Let's stay positive and think that P9 and P10 are anyway good enough to hope for a good race tomorrow."

Lotus F1:
Romain Grosjean: "It was a good session for me despite the tricky weather conditions here today - certainly the rain was good for my garden! Q1 was tricky, but fortunately we used slick tyres at the right time. Unfortunately in Q2 I had a yellow flag in turn six otherwise I think that I would have been through to Q3. The car felt good in qualifying compared to the rest of the weekend and that is quite important for us. Everyone did a good job, worked very hard and now the car is where I like it to be. I hope that tomorrow it will be the case again and we can go from there and push as hard as we can to score points."

Pastor Maldonado: "We had a lack of fuel during the second qualifying session which meant I had to stop the car out on track. The team are investigating to find out what happened as otherwise the car felt good and we had a strong opportunity to be in the top ten. The pace was certainly there this morning and the car was doing what I wanted it to do. We had a good strategy through the difficult weather conditions today so naturally I'm a bit disappointed with where we ended up on the grid. Now the focus is to get the best result possible in tomorrow's race."

Marussia:
Jules Bianchi: "A fantastic day for the Team and I'm so happy for everyone. After our first points in Monaco, it's great that we have now achieved the Team's best ever qualifying result. Today's situation was not easy and so this result is down to a combination of great strategy, judging the changing conditions to perfection and then just making the most of the windows we had out on the track when the conditions were right for the tyres. It was a real gamble, but we had everything to gain from taking some risks, so for the last run we put the slicks on even though the track was right at the limit. I had a really good lap and then the Yellow flags came out for Gutierrez's spin. Had we not encountered these I could have improved for sure and who knows what might have happened then. I'm just really happy to achieve this result at the Team's home race and anything is possible from where we will start on the grid tomorrow. I will try my best to make the most of every opportunity."

Max Chilton: "The Team has done an incredible job today, making some fantastic calls and putting us right where we needed to be at exactly the right time. I'm really thrilled with P13 but the reality is, had it not been for the Yellow for Gutierrez, we could have ended up even higher as in those damp conditions you put a banker in and then do your quick lap at the end. Obviously I've got the five place penalty for this morning's gearbox change, which will drop me back, but a good qualifying session was what I needed because of that penalty, and that is what we've achieved, so I can't be disheartened. It's a fantastic feeling to have had such a good qualifying in front of the British fans and I can't wait for the race now. I'm ahead of the Caterhams and maybe similar conditions will be what we need to progress because we're very strong under pressure, as we've shown."

Sauber:
Esteban Gutierrez: "We had a very good strategy. I think the conditions were pretty difficult as the weather was very inconsistent all the time. On my last lap I got caught up by a faster car behind. I was trying to push as much as I could. Unfortunately, I lost the car and hit the wall. We were both on our fast lap and I was trying to finish mine as well as possible."

Adrian Sutil: "Unfortunately, I made a mistake today. As I went off the track, I did not notice that the preceded corner was very wet. I lost the rear of the car and got stuck in the gravel trap. It is a shame as I was in ninth and therefore had made it into the second qualifying session, but could not participate. The conditions were tricky for all of us. As the car was difficult to drive and as we were on the limit, those mistakes can easily happen."

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