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

Fri: McLaren, Force India, STR, Sauber

Friday 5th July 2013

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Fri: McLaren, Force India, STR, Sauber

Fri: McLaren, Force India, STR, Sauber

Jenson Button leads a solid showing for McLaren in FP2 as they get the better of Force India.

McLaren
Jenson Button:
"The car felt pretty good as soon as I drove out of the garage this morning. We're still a way off the front, but our pace relative to the cars around us doesn't seem too bad. The overall feeling with the car is not so bad. The Pirelli tyres are working very well here; obviously, the Option has much more grip than the Prime. It seems that the idea behind the two compounds is to give us a qualifying tyre that doesn't last long - the Option - and a race tyre - the Prime. It's not a bad compromise, we just need to deal with the tyre not lasting too long on Sunday. We won't be challenging the cars at the front this weekend, but it would be nice to be able to attack the teams who are normally immediately ahead of us."

Sergio Perez: "I think it's been our best Friday for a couple of races - partly because of the dry weather, but also because we got a useful amount of work under our belts. We're still in the same situation as we were in last weekend - the potential of the car hasn't changed dramatically - but I think we can fight tomorrow to get into Q3. That may still be hard, but that's our target."

Force India
Paul di Resta:
"Quite a tricky session with lots to think about overnight. There's room to improve the set-up because I'm not feeling as comfortable as I usually do. Tyre-wise we've done a lot of running across the two compounds to give us enough data to understand the impact of the new rear tyres. The two compounds are different extremes so we need to make sure we can get both in the right operating window."

Adrian Sutil: "It was quite a good day and the car looks competitive with a similar performance level compared to the last few races. We are back on the soft tyres here, which offer good grip but have very high degradation. They are nice to drive and will be a very good qualifying tyre, but long runs were quite difficult. The medium tyre performs well and is very consistent, so there is a good combination for the race."

Toro Rosso
Daniel Ricciardo:
"We had quite a smooth day with no troubles on the car or with the tyres and I managed to do a lot of laps. We don't seem to have quite the pace we saw last week in Silverstone, when we had a good weekend. It would be nice to continue like that, but we knew this circuit would not be quite so favourable to us. I'd need to look at our competitors' lap times to get a better understanding of where we really are in the order. My final sector seemed quite strong, but we were lacking in the first one, which only has a few corners so we need to find some more pace. My long run felt okay, but there is a margin to improve and if can come up with some ideas for fine tuning the set-up overnight, I think we can improve tomorrow."

Jean-Eric Vergne:"It's my first time driving a Formula 1 car at this track, but that had no effect on my day. The different type of tyre is performing more or less as we had expected and from the safety point of view, we saw no signs of problems, so that is a positive thing. In terms of the car's pure performance, we need to work a lot overnight, because we are not where we wanted to be. Even if we knew the Nurburgring configuration would not suit us so well, I am reasonably hopeful that we can find some things to do to the car to improve for the rest of the weekend."

Sauber
Nico Hulkenberg:
"Finally a Friday with consistent weather conditions. We were able to work through the whole programme without any difficulties. We tested a lot of different things, and I think the positions we are at reflect where we can be with the speed we currently have. However, there is still some room to improve the set-up of the car. So now we have to have a good look at the data in order to get the maximum out of the car. Tomorrow will be another dry day and, of course, I will do everything possible to get into Q3."

Esteban Gutierrez: "I think it was a very productive day. We managed to run through the whole programme without any problems. We were trying different se- ups, which varied a lot, so it was tricky switching between the different ones. This was something we don't usually do, but at the end we gained valuable information. The day went well and it seems our performance in the long runs has improved. With all the data we gathered, I think we made a step forward."

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