Sat: Caterham, Marussia, Lotus

Saturday 15th March 2014

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Sat: Caterham, Marussia, Lotus

Sat: Caterham, Marussia, Lotus

Caterham succeeded in getting Kamui Kobayashi into Q2 in Australia while Lotus were at the very bottom of the qualifying timesheets...

Caterham:
Kamui Kobayashi: "That's a good way to come back, not only for me in my first qualifying session of the year, but also for the whole team after such a difficult day yesterday. The guys worked very hard until just before the curfew this morning and fixed the car after all the issues we had yesterday - that meant we could do 19 laps in FP3 and give ourselves a chance of fighting in qualifying. Honestly though, with so few laps, I still didn't have the car set up at all as I'd have liked and there would definitely have been a lot more to come if we'd had a normal Friday. In qualifying we timed it just right, and my fastest lap was set just as it started to rain. It was a good lap but not really close to what we could have done with more running on Friday but going into Q2 was a good reward for how hard the team has worked, and I could see just what it meant to the whole team to go into Q2 in our first race of the year. Tomorrow it looks like it could be another day of rain and sun and if we can maintain the improved reliability we've had today, I think it could be one of the most interesting races for a long time!"

Marcus Ericsson: " "I am very pleased with how my first ever F1 qualifying session went, especially after how Friday went! Finishing within eight-tenths of Kamui is exactly what I'd aimed for today and to do that with such little running in FP1 and FP2 means a lot to me and the team who've worked so hard to get us here. In FP3 we managed to work a bit on setup but I was having issues with the engine mapping which meant I was struggling quite a lot with driveability, something that's really important with these new power units. We made a few changes for qualifying and it worked well - it's still not really how I'd like it, but it was a good improvement and that means tomorrow will be a lot better than maybe it had looked last night! Now it's all about the race and I can't wait for it all to start. It could be a bit crazy but I know what I have to do and I'm fully prepared - it's going to be a very proud moment for me to represent my country on the F1 grid and I'm really pleased it's with Caterham. They're a great team who work incredibly hard and I think we deserve more days like we had today. Let's hope that comes tomorrow!"

Marussia:
Max Chilton: "I was really pleased with my lap on the opening run and felt that a few issues from FP3 had really come together. Bar one small mistake it was a clean lap. There was more to come of course but I'm reasonably happy given all the factors that we've experienced. It would have been nice to improve as we were close to Q2 but the weather intervened, so this is where we will start the race and that is what we have to focus on now. I think tomorrow is going to be a really exciting day for Formula 1 and the fans, and I can't wait to see who will end up where - especially our Team."

Jules Bianchi: "After all the hard work from everybody this weekend, it is disappointing that we experienced an issue in qualifying which meant that I could not get the most from the car. Unfortunately we have experienced a few electronics problems again today and we thought we were on top of these, but they appeared again just as I was starting my first quick lap and that was occupied by the need to change some settings to ensure the car stayed reliable and then I had a problem with the gearbox. Then the rain came, which was really bad timing and we couldn't get out again to try to improve. Still, I think there will be a lot of opportunities in the race tomorrow and we have to be focused to make the best of them."

Lotus F1:
Romain Grosjean: "We had a lot of problems today and every time we fixed one another one comes along! The guys are working very hard and it's a tough situation for everyone. We just have to learn everything we can every time we are out in the car on the track. Yes it's frustrating, but I'm the one who has the easiest life as I'm not working all night on the car. The whole team is here to win, so when it doesn't go to plan it's not great. It could still be made into a monster of a car if we all pull together as a team. We've been through some tough times in the past so we'll work our way out of it."

Pastor Maldonado: "It's been quite difficult today. We're working very hard and we need to be optimistic. On the plus side, we're not the only ones with problems. We'll keep on working hard and try to work harder than the others. It was a power unit related issue which meant we were so late to the track. By that time it started to rain, and then, that's it! We just need to stay focussed and keep on working and that's exactly what we're doing. For the race we'll just do the best we can. Our pace should be quite good; we just need to put the laps together."

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