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Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Nico Rosberg
3 Valtteri Bottas

Sat: Merc, Red Bull, Force India, McLaren

Saturday 24th August 2013

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Sat: Merc, Red Bull, Force India, McLaren

Sat: Merc, Red Bull, Force India, McLaren

Lewis Hamilton once again produced an excellent lap after the chequered flag to claim his fourth pole position in a row.

Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton:
"A fourth pole in a row just feels fantastic! The team did a great job to get the timing at the end of Q3 absolutely perfect and I was in exactly the right track position. I was so surprised when I came across the line to hear I was P1. I went wide in the first corner and I thought I was down on time from the read-out on my steering wheel. I just kept pushing and did a strong middle sector, then I could see I was catching Sebastian towards the end so it was a great feeling. I hope we can try and fight it out tomorrow, whatever the conditions. The Red Bulls are still ahead of us in terms of performance so results like this feel even more special because I know I've got the absolute maximum out of myself and out of the car."

Nico Rosberg: "It was a very difficult qualifying session and unfortunately luck wasn't on my side today. When I took the chequered flag, I was quickest at that time, but the track quicker and quicker for the guys who had got the extra lap and eventually ended up in the top three positions, so I must be happy with fourth place on the grid. Our car seems pretty good in all conditions here this weekend which makes me hopeful of a strong race performance tomorrow afternoon."

Red Bull
Sebastian Vettel:
"It wasn't clear if the first lap we did in Q3 was the lap on intermediate tyres - so it was hard to know where we were today. We went out on slicks to start, which was quite entertaining as it started to rain pretty heavily. We then went onto intermediates and it still wasn't clear what would happen. It looked like there was more rain coming, so we all rushed to get a lap, but then it stopped and the circuit came back very quickly. The last lap tuned out to be the fastest with the circuit drying. It was difficult to know how fast you could go, I saw Lewis catching and thought I could have gone a bit quicker here and there, but in the end it was quite close across the line. In these conditions anything can happen. I'm happy today; the boys did a good job with the change from slicks to intermediates which got us an extra lap and it was a good day for the team."

Mark Webber: "It was a difficult session to make all the right calls, but in the end I think we got most things right. I think it's very easy to look stupid in those conditions, but in the end we did most things pretty good I'd say. It's a little bit bizarre with the DRS going on and off in the session, but it's the same for everyone. It was a ballsy thing to go slower on the second to last lap to save the tyres, when you're still not sure if the track will improve for the last lap, but in the end it worked out and I'm happy to be up there for tomorrow's race."

Force India
Paul di Resta:
"Fifth place on the grid is a great result. At the start of Q3 I knew that I wanted to go straight out on the intermediates. It was a brave decision and the team let me go ahead with it, while the others chose dry tyres. I knew it was our best chance to get up towards the front of the grid and it paid off. It's a shame that the rain stopped a bit too early because there were only a few cars that were quicker than us in the wet and they just got ahead at the end of the session. The main thing is we are in a strong position for tomorrow and we will come back tomorrow ready to fight."

Adrian Sutil: "I'm feeling disappointed with how things ended up today because I think we had the potential to get a better result. In Q2 I was on my final flying lap a bit too early and the track was getting quicker all the time. So we should have waited a bit longer and I think that would have made the difference to make the top 10. Also, I had some traffic on my fastest lap and that cost me some time."

McLaren
Jenson Button:
"In the dry we were relatively happy with our pace, and in the wet I reckon it was a bit better still. I think P6 for us was an okay outcome, therefore. However, we're still lacking a little bit compared with what we'd hoped for here, which shortfall we suspect is the result of an aero efficiency issue. We'll have to analyse that thoroughly before Monza. But, going back to Spa, our timing was just a little bit off at the end of Q3, which enabled the top three guys to put in laps quicker than ours. Even so, the fact that there are three Brits in the top six is just great. Looking forward to tomorrow, if the weather is wet, or changeable, as we expect it to be, then things could get tricky for all the front-runners, because I think we've all used our supply of inters. Anyway, let's see what happens. It should be an exciting race."

Sergio Perez: "In tricky conditions like today's you have to be in the right place at the right time, and it's a pity we couldn't optimise our potential by doing that, because on a wet track our car is pretty strong and we therefore had a very good opportunity to qualify well here this afternoon. So I'm a bit disappointed, of course, because we went out a bit too late and thereby lost the 'window', preventing us from being able to put in a lap that would have moved us through to Q3. It's a pity, because the track was improving quickly at that time, and we'd have therefore been able to improve our lap time significantly. But that's racing - and tomorrow is another day - and our car should be reasonably competitive if it rains. So I'll try my best to make up for today's disappointment by scoring some good points for the team tomorrow."

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