Abu Dhabi

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

Sat: McLaren, STR, Sauber, FIndia

Saturday 21st September 2013

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Sat: McLaren, STR, Sauber, FIndia

Sat: McLaren, STR, Sauber, FIndia

There were top ten places in Saturday night's Singapore GP qualy for both Jenson Button, Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Gutierrez...

McLaren:
Jenson Button: "The car felt okay and I'd say it was a reasonable qualifying session for us. There's still quite a bit of progress to be made, but we've been doing a lot of set-up work this weekend to improve the car and I'm happy about that. We'll see what we can do tomorrow, so as to make the best of where we are. It's likely to be an exciting race because the tyres are working in a very unusual way. As a result there are going to be a lot of different strategies, so it'll be interesting to see how everyone get on. It's going to be difficult to overtake the cars in front of us, but we'll see what we can do. Having said that, I'm really looking forward to it. It's always a very tough race here, but that's what we do all the training for."

Sergio Perez: "That was quite a disappointing qualifying session for me. I think today we should have made it through to Q3. Basically, when the track got better in Q2, I just couldn't improve my time. The rear felt quite loose and I therefore found it difficult to maximise the full potential of the car. I think the changes we did after P3 didn't help, and I probably lost a bit there. Also in my out-lap I had quite a bit of traffic which didn't help either. To lose two-tenths here is very easy - and today we did it. As a result, it's not going to be one of the easiest races out there for me tomorrow, starting from P14. It'll be difficult for me to overtake, so we need a good strategy and good pace throughout the race. But not everything is lost: we've seen in the past that anything can happen here and there's a big difference between the Prime and the Option so we'll see what effect that has from a strategy point of view. Obviously, our aim is to score some points."

Toro Rosso:
Daniel Ricciardo: "That was not an easy session and we had to work harder here to get to Q3 than we did in a few other races where we have managed it. I was a bit disappointed not to get a little bit more time out of my lap in Q3, with Jenson a couple of tenths ahead and it would have been nice to get that. So I think ninth is pretty good all things considered. As for the race, the guys who went out in Q2 might have a little bit of a tyre advantage, so let's hope that doesn't have too much influence tomorrow. We will race as hard as we can and hope to stay in the points."

Jean-Eric Vergne: "It was extremely close and it's a shame I didn't make it to Q3. On the positive side, we worked very well with the team to get a good car for qualifying and we missed out by the smallest margin, even though the car was responding well. But I think we can have a good car for the race. This is a tough track, with over 20 corners and getting each one of them right on a single lap is not so easy, from a driving point of view and also when it comes to setting up the car. I am still optimistic for tomorrow and I believe that starting twelfth, scoring points is a realistic target. It was very tight this evening and one tenth of a second could have made all the difference and I think there were a couple of places where I could have found that tenth, so it's a bit frustrating, but that's it and tomorrow will be better."

Sauber:
Esteban Gutierrez: "To qualify tenth is a really special feeling and one that I have missed. I enjoyed every part of the qualifying. The result today was very important, because it's not fun going into qualifying knowing that you can be around the top ten, but not getting there. At the beginning, it looked a bit difficult today, but I was pushing myself in practice and communicated well with the team. We decided that, in order to make the next step, we need to be more aggressive and be more on the edge. During the practice sessions I was able to try to do that, and it's great to see it paid off, so a big thank you to the team. I think tomorrow will be a tough race. Tyre degradation will be critical and we need to consider that. We usually have a good race pace and also had that in FP2 yesterday. I'm confident we can push for points tomorrow."

Nico Hulkenberg: "Qualifying went really well up until the last lap of Q2. I had a problem in sector one on the DRS straight, as my DRS didn't open in time. I lost a good two tenths there, which would have put us into Q3. We need to look into that now and find out why that happened. As overtaking is quite difficult on this track, it is going to be a difficult day tomorrow. Overall it seems we have made a step forward over the past couple of races, and I hope we can continue that positive trend tomorrow."

Force India:
Adrian Sutil: "P15 is disappointing because it's some way off where we were aiming to be. We are just too slow to fight for the top ten at the moment and everyone is working hard to try and understand where we are losing out. All we can do is keep fighting tomorrow and if we do a good strategy we can hopefully gain some places."

Paul di Resta: "I think we simply didn't have enough speed today and all weekend I've been struggling with my one-lap pace. I think we are more optimised for the race and the speed looks better over long runs, with low degradation of the tyres. But we've got some work to do tomorrow if we want to be fighting for points. We came here and tried to replicate as much as we could from last year, but we've just not been able to find the zone. It's a tough, long race ahead of us and it's difficult to overtake, but anything can happen and we will keep fighting."

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