Williams again failed to shine in qualifying despite Valtteri Bottas making it into Q2. They were slowest overall with Caterham and Marussia...
Valtteri Bottas: "We're pushing as hard as we can with the car and I was pleased with my lap in Q2 as we managed to improve a bit. This is where we are with the car in terms of pure pace but we'll do everything we can to make the most of it. It's going to be a hard race for the cars and drivers tomorrow, but all we can do is our best, stay in the race and take every opportunity we can."
Pastor Maldonado: "We have been struggling with the car since the first practice session this weekend and it is very tricky to drive. We couldn't make the tyres work today and I suffered from a bit of traffic towards the end. The conditions will be difficult but we'll do our best in the race tomorrow and try to get the maximum out of the car."
Giedo van der Garde: "FP3 wasn't too bad - we definitely made some progress from Friday and even though there was still some of the understeer and front locking we'd had in FP1 and FP2 the car felt better. By the performance run at the end of the session I was pretty happy with where we'd got to so I was reasonably confident for qualifying. In Q1 we went for two runs on supersofts of one flying lap each. My first run was ok but I had a bit of traffic so I knew there was more time to come. On my second run I was pushing hard and just touched the wall which cost me a little bit of time, but overall I guess where we finished is ok. The main thing for the team is the gap we have to the cars behind so now it's all about the race, making sure we avoid any problems and be there to take advantage of anything that comes our way
Charles Pic: "We made a number of changes overnight for FP3 but on the first run it felt like we'd gone too much to the rear with the balance so the car felt unstable. We'd gone from predominantly understeer on Friday to too much oversteer on Saturday and even though the aero balance improved throughout the session the mechanical balance was still too much rearwards. In quali we waited for the first batch of cars to head out and then went for the first run on a new set of supersofts. The balance still wasn't right, now the car had gone back to understeer but in the end the first run was ok and with the way the car was behaving I probably couldn't have found too much more in qualifying. The good thing is that we have around seven tenths advantage over the Marussias and that's good for us in the race as it means we can look at the fight ahead, not back. I'm looking forward to tomorrow as it'll definitely be exciting and with the number of safety cars there's been here over the years anything could happen"
Jules Bianchi: "It was not a bad qualifying overall, but it's a shame that we were unable to improve on our first run because we were looking quite strong. For some reason on the second run we had more understeer, which is a surprise and something we need to look into for here and also to prevent this happening in the future. I am not too unhappy because this is a new track for me and I am still getting to grips with it, so I think if it all comes together for us tomorrow we can have a good race."
Max Chilton: "It was quite surprising to suffer a significant balance shift on the second run. The first run went well and I was only a tenth from my team-mate, so I was fully expecting to make another small step. Overall though we are closer to the Caterhams here and I think that our group of four can have a good fight tomorrow. Generally I'm really looking forward to my first night race and we will do our best to make the most of the opportunities that may come our way."
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