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Pos Driver
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2 Nico Rosberg
3 Valtteri Bottas

Sat: McLaren, STR, FIndia, Sauber

Saturday 25th May 2013

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Sat: McLaren, STR, FIndia, Sauber

Sat: McLaren, STR, FIndia, Sauber

There were top ten times in qualifying for the Monaco GP for both McLarens, Adrian Sutil and also Jean-Eric Vergne...

McLaren:
Sergio Perez: "It's not great to cross the finish line, feel like you've just done a mega lap, and find that you're only seventh. Still, I put in a really strong performance here today, and I felt like I'd really maximised the full potential of the car. We know we're not quite there yet performance-wise, so we need to keep pushing. But the team has done a fantastic job so far this weekend, and I hope we can keep the momentum going tomorrow and score some good points. Anything can happen at Monaco on Sunday."

Jenson Button: "I'm not sure what happened on my final lap in Q3. We had an issue with the car right at the end - I didn't have any power, so I couldn't post a quick lap. It's a pity because, apart from that problem, which we also saw a sign of at the end of Q2, it had been a great qualifying session for me. The team did a great job in terms of putting me out on the right tyres at the right time, while I felt I was driving well, making the most of the conditions. Tomorrow's race will be difficult, starting from P9, but on this occasion there's absolutely nothing I could have done about it."

Force India:
Adrian Sutil: "Very tricky conditions today with the track half wet and half dry. We never knew if it was really drying out or if more rain was coming, so it was important to be on the right tyres at the right time. The team did an excellent job of choosing the tyres and making the correct decisions. I also need to thank my crew who worked so hard to fix the car in time for the session after the incident this morning. Tomorrow I will be pushing hard to move forward. A podium is my target and there are seven cars ahead of me, so with a good strategy anything is possible. I just have to concentrate and make the most of this opportunity."

Paul di Resta: "We failed to deliver today, which is a real shame because we were very strong in the wet and this is the most crucial qualifying session of the year. The intermediate tyres were working fine for me, but we didn't read the conditions well enough from the pit wall. I needed a set of fresh intermediates towards the end of the session, but by the time we realised it was too late and there was no time to pit. The only option was to stay out, but my tyres were finished and I didn't have a chance to progress any further. It's a painful position to be starting from tomorrow given the speed we had in the car today,"

Toro Rosso:
Jean-Eric Vergne: "My first Q3 of the season feels pretty good, even if I would have preferred it to keep raining right until the end. But even in the dry I got a good lap in, but I aborted my very last lap as I wasn't able to improve. I think this is about where we should be having improved the car still further, which means we are making progress race by race. I believe that our performance in race conditions tomorrow should be better than it was now in qualifying so we will be hoping for a good result, whatever the weather. Anything can happen on this track so we can definitely aim for points tomorrow. Getting into Q3 is good but there are no points given out in qualifying, so we still have to concentrate and produce a strong performance tomorrow."

Daniel Ricciardo: "I am disappointed with that qualifying, as I think this afternoon was a missed opportunity. I really wanted Q3 today and with the mixed conditions, the opportunity was there. But we weren't quick on the Inters and after that I felt we could have done better with the Super Softs, maybe if I'd got in one more lap to get the tyres up to temperature better, so we still have some work to do now. I feel the car has got a good pace on a long run, certainly better than in qualifying, but with the difficulty in overtaking here, starting twelfth is not ideal. So now we need to come up with a good strategy to try and make up for this afternoon."

Sauber:
Nico Hulkenberg: ""It was a challenging qualifying. Q3 would have been possible as I was six tenths away. But we changed too late onto the super softs and only had one timed lap, which was a missed opportunity. However in changing conditions like those here in Monaco we can be happy we managed to stay out of trouble. P11 is just outside the top ten, so we can choose our strategy for tomorrow accordingly, which is quite good. I simply have to get the most out of the start, gain one or two spots, and stay out of trouble in the first corner. Then one of the most challenging races lies ahead, but I am looking forward to it, because Monaco has it's own rules and, in the end, this is why we love it so much here."

Esteban Gutierrez: "It was a disappointing qualifying because we didn't look in bad shape and just our pace on the intermediate tyres wasn't good enough. I wasn't able to find more time, I put the lap together and just couldn't find the grip. It's going to be a tough race tomorrow, considering that it is really hard to overtake here in Monaco. But we will try our best and hopefully a good strategy will help us to get through the traffic."

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