Sat: Red Bull, Lotus, Sauber, Williams

Saturday 8th September 2012

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Sat: Red Bull, Lotus, Sauber, Williams

Sat: Red Bull, Lotus, Sauber, Williams

There were top ten times in qualifying for the Italian GP for Sebastioan Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and Kamui Kobayashi...

Red Bull:
Sebastian Vettel: "I'm pretty happy with the result; my last lap should have been a bit quicker, but whether it would have made a difference or not is hard to say. If you look from us to the front, the gaps are too big. All weekend we were not quick enough, so P6 is a very good place to be. Let's see what we can do in the race, I think the pace tomorrow should be better."

Mark Webber: "It's pretty much what we expected today. Seb and I were on the bubble there; it was very close between us - there's only a tenth here and there and I'm out. No massive surprises. I'm eleventh, so we can have a bit of a choice on what we can do tonight, but I'd rather be further up the grid. We've got a bit of a slog tomorrow; but it's Monza so never say never."

Lotus F1:
Kimi Raikkonen: "We didn't have the speed today but at least we are in the top ten. We've been in more or less the same position all weekend so today's pace was not a big surprise. It's a long race and usually we are a bit stronger in race conditions. It is possible to overtake here so let's see what happens tomorrow. "

Jerome D'Ambrosio: "I have mixed feelings really to be honest. I progressed through to Q2 but it's frustrating not to have done a bit better as I'm really close in the second and third sectors but I've struggled a bit in the first since yesterday. About 60-70% of the difference to Kimi is lost there, so there's a lot of time to be found in just two corners ; we need to work on that for tomorrow. There's a lot to take in for me this weekend so it's not too bad, but I would have liked a bit more."

Sauber:
Kamui Kobayashi: "Well we don't have the same pace here as we did last week in Spa, which made it a tough qualifying. Having said this, I am happy to have reached the first target which was to get through to Q3. Friday was pretty difficult because a mechanical problem prevented me from doing the mileage I would have wanted, and this is also why I cannot really make any predictions on how the race will go. I lack the experience of proper long runs. After the third free practice session this morning we changed the car's settings quite a lot and this paid off in qualifying, I got confidence in the car back. My lap time in Q2 was really good - half a second quicker than in Q3 - and to me this was the maximum possible. However, it was a shame I didn't manage to improve on my second lap during the final attempt. I want to get a strong race result tomorrow."

Sergio Perez: "We knew it would be tight to make it into the top ten today, but I was fighting hard. We have improved the car quite a lot since Friday, but we are clearly not as quick here as we were in Belgium. On my last attempt in Q2 unfortunately I was driving too close behind Bruno Senna and could not improve my lap time. I lost two tenths of a second in the first sector. I didn't want to back off to make a bigger gap because I didn't want to compromise the warm up of my tyres. The tyre compounds here are quite similar and we don't expect high degradation, but in the end, given the high temperatures, you never really know. I am very optimistic about scoring good points here in tomorrow's race."

Williams:
Pastor Maldonado: "It wasn't the best day for our car today as we were struggling a bit for pace and then in the last Q2 lap I didn't quite put everything together. Everything is so close here though and it will be a tough race, but we've done a fair amount of testing on higher fuel so I'm looking forward to seeing what we can do."

Bruno Senna: "I think we are more competitive on the harder compound tyre because for some reason we didn't seem to pick up a lot of grip on the medium tyres, so we need to look into that further. We have the race pace and the track does allow for some overtaking so I think we could both have a chance of scoring points. It's very tight here at Monza but it's a long race. I'm looking forward to racing around this brilliant track."

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