Abu Dhabi

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

Sat: STR, McLaren, FIndia, Sauber

Saturday 27th July 2013

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Sat: STR, McLaren, FIndia, Sauber

Sat: STR, McLaren, FIndia, Sauber

There were top ten grid slots in Hungary for Daniel Ricciardo and Sergio Perez who qualified P8 and P9 respectively...

Toro Rosso:
Daniel Ricciardo: "It was good to get into Q3 again. We seem to make a habit of finding a little bit extra for qualifying, although ideally, I'd like to be on the pace right from Friday and chip away at the lap times within the top ten. We made some set-up changes overnight and they seem to have worked, although we had a bit of work to do to get to Q3 today. I think we got the most out of the car this afternoon. I was happy with the way I drove and I am pleased with my form at the moment. But now comes the bit of the weekend that counts and we will try to get it right, beginning with making a good start. I am not too concerned about starting on the "dirty" side of the grid and with all the various support races before the Grand Prix, I am sure it will be fine."

Jean-Eric Vergne: "I'm not really sure how I ended up several tenths slower than my team-mate in Q2, so I am keen to see what we can learn from the data. We did not have too many actual problems, apart from the fact that since Friday I appear to lack downforce on my car. Tomorrow will be very difficult in these conditions, especially for the Soft tyres and so, getting the strategy right will make all the difference. The car has improved since Friday, so given all the uncertainties we can face tomorrow, I am still in a reasonably optimistic frame of mind and hope to get myself into a position where I can fight for some points. My state of mind with all the paddock gossip? It has absolutely no effect on what I have to do this weekend."

McLaren:
Sergio Perez: ""First of all, I want to thank all the guys on the team - they did an amazing job to get the car turned around between FP3 and Q1 this afternoon. It was quite a big shunt but we still didn't lose any track-time - that was really impressive, so thanks guys. At the beginning of Q1, I still felt a little bit uncomfortable with the car, which is why I only just made it through to Q2. However, my Q2 lap was quite good - we'd made a lot of changes to the car overnight - so I'm hopeful that we may have a better car for the race than we've had for some time. Given our pace - we knew we weren't going to qualify in the top five - we opted to run the Prime in Q3. That tyre choice ought to give us a better strategy for the race tomorrow. We'll be the first car starting on Primes, so I think we're in a reasonable position for tomorrow."

Jenson Button: "When we run fresh rubber, I can't get enough front-end in the car - we're maxed out - so I'm struggling. In a way, that's a positive - because it means we've introduced downforce to the rear of the car. And hopefully that situation will change for the race, when you can play around with things in the cockpit a little more, and there's generally less rear grip for everyone. I'm a little disappointed as I'd hoped for a bit more here. I think that's because it's been difficult to balance the car - but, hopefully, we'll show a little bit more pace in the race. I'm sure we can still have fun tomorrow."

Force India:
Adrian Sutil: "The first part of qualifying was quite tricky and it was difficult to deliver the pace we expected. I had a good feeling with the car, but we were not especially quick and I was only P15 by the end of Q1. I did not really know where we were losing out, but the team made some adjustments and that improved things for Q2. My lap times were much better and for a while it looked like I was going to make the top ten, but then I got pushed down to P11 at the last moment. I'm happy with my lap and that was the limit for me today. P11 is a good place to start because it leaves us with more of a choice about the tyre strategy. The goal tomorrow is to push forward and try to score some points."

Paul di Resta: "A tough session and I am a bit confused as to why we struggled so much on the soft tyre. Throughout all the sessions we've looked more competitive on the softs, but in Q1 they just didn't switch on. We've given ourselves a lot of work to do tomorrow, but we will go away and come back refreshed and ready to fight. We need to move forward so we will think hard tonight about the strategy, but at least we have plenty of new tyres available. I think the main puzzle we need to solve is what happened to our performance today so that we can bounce back tomorrow."

Sauber:
Nico Hulkenberg: "It was just eight hundredths of a second to P8, so even less to P10. The midfield is very tight at the moment. But I'm not disappointed, because I did a very good lap and this was pretty much the maximum I was able to get out of the car. I think we can be fairly happy with P12, as realistically that's where we are, and we can certainly race from there. Tomorrow I'll have to get a good start and can hopefully battle for one or two points."

Esteban Gutierrez: "Today didn't go the way we wanted it to. It has been quite challenging with the loss of track time we had this morning. This is obviously not ideal, but I thought it wasn't going to be that much of a problem, so it is quite disappointing to come into qualifying and have this kind of result. I expected to be closer to the front and to get into Q2. We had the pace, for sure. However, the track conditions changed massively from yesterday to today and it was very hard to adapt to that in just one lap. Tomorrow is going to be a long race. I have to get a good start and from then on try to move up the field."

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