Abu Dhabi

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

Sat: McLaren, Sauber, Williams, Lotus

Saturday 1st September 2012

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Sat: McLaren, Sauber, Williams, Lotus

Sat: McLaren, Sauber, Williams, Lotus

Jenson Button will start his first race from pole position as a McLaren driver at Spa having edged Kamui Kobayashi and Pastor Maldonado...

McLaren:
Jenson Button: "It's been so long since my last pole position that it almost feels like a win for me! In fact, it's my first pole since Monaco 2009 - which was a race that I won - and it demonstrates that I can qualify really well. So I want to offer my congratulations to the whole team: it's my 50th grand prix for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes this weekend, so it's a great time to get a pole position for everyone at Woking, at Brixworth and of course here at Spa. I'm surprised that the new rear wing is working so well, but the engineers also did a great job with the balance. And it's even more encouraging that we had good consistency through all three qualifying sessions. Nonetheless, nobody has done any long runs yet, so we still need to wait and see how tomorrow pans out. Can I still win the drivers' championship? Yes. We'll take it one day at a time, but hopefully we can get some good points tomorrow."

Lewis Hamilton: "Congratulations to Jenson! He did an excellent job and I hope he gets maximum points tomorrow. For me, today was a bit of a disappointment; but, since I'm still in the top 10, tomorrow will be about trying to make the most of things. The set-up wasn't perfect, but that was simply because we chose the wrong rear wing, preferring to stay with the version we used in Hungary. The wing we'd been using in FP3 this morning hadn't been working very well, so we opted to go back to the older wing which we thought would be the safer option. It was a collective choice: we thought the older wing would be quicker in qualifying, but in fact Jenson has shown the new wing to be very good indeed. Our side of the garage was a bit unlucky, but we'll do what we can with what we have tomorrow."

Sauber:
Kamui Kobayashi: "I am very happy for the team and myself. We had felt quite positive before we came here, but I think it is fair to say we didn't expect to be second and fifth in qualifying. We have had strong races this year, but qualifying has been a weakness and the guys have done a great job to improve this. I want to thank them very much. After not having time to learn much in either practice session on Friday because of the rain, like everyone else our first dry running was this morning and after free practice three we knew we were quite good. I will be on the front row tomorrow and this is certainly nice, but we don't score points for that. The podium must be the target and to reach it we still have a long way to go. We have to get the tyre management and strategy right and cannot allow ourselves the smallest mistake."

Sergio Perez: "Second and fifth are really good qualifying positions for our team and I am pleased for the crew. Personally I'm not too happy because my last lap in Q3 wasn't perfect. I had the feeling the car was performing differently to this morning. In any case, the most important part comes tomorrow. It will be a very challenging race on a demanding circuit. I need a good start and I want to fight the people in front of me because I know the car will allow me to do that. I am definitely targeting another podium."

Williams:
Pastor Maldonado: "This morning didn't go as well for us as we had hoped, but during qualifying I adapted myself to the car and the changing track conditions which were improving all the time. After Q1, I saw the potential so we just had to put it together for the rest of qualifying. Obviously, I am disappointed to be sixth following the penalty, but it's still a good result so I'm happy for the team. We will now prepare for the race and I am very much looking forward to pushing for a good result tomorrow."

Bruno Senna: "I'm slightly frustrated with qualifying as things just didn't seem to come together today. The spin was unfortunate and there seemed to be a bit of damage on the car from that. It's frustrating to be further back than we should be but we've scored points from those positions before, so we need to keep our heads up and make sure we do it again."

Lotus F1:
Kimi Raikkonen: "It wasn't the easiest of qualifying sessions. The car is okay but it doesn't look like we have the speed that some others have and we were certainly not quick enough for pole today. The race is a different story. On the grid we're in front of of the guys who are ahead of us in the championship so we'll try to score more points than them."

Romain Grosjean: "That wasn't my best qualifying ever and I struggled a little bit. I had traffic in Q1 and I didn't feel as confident with the car as I would like. You can see how close it was in the top ten so I suffered from not having everything exactly as I wanted, especially on the softer compound. Missing yesterday's practice because of the weather didn't help either as any time in the car is always beneficial, especially for a long lap like Spa. I'm sure the car will be good in the race and we should have a good strategy."

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