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Sat: Williams, Caterham, Marussia

Saturday 11-May-2013 14:21

Williams failed to get either driver into Q2 while Giedo van der Garde won the battle of the backmarkers...

Williams:
Valtteri Bottas: "Unfortunately the result from today shows where we are compared to others, but I still think we've made a step forward and we're heading in the right direction. It seems everyone else has improved as well which means we are in similar position to the first four races. Hopefully we can keep making the same steps race-by-race. We will try our best tomorrow and I still think we can climb up the grid as our race pace looks good."

Pastor Maldonado: " We're having a difficult time with the car at the moment, but we have been working very hard to improve things. We were missing a lot of grip which made it difficult to get a good time today. In terms of performance, we're not there but we will keep focussing on the work needed to move us up the grid."

Caterham:
Giedo van der Garde: "I'm obviously really pleased with how today's gone, both in FP3 and qualifying. We made a few changes to the car overnight to try and find a balance with the new parts and it's worked out really well. I'm not running the same package as my teammate here - I have most of the new package except the front wing so we went a slightly different way than Charles on setup and even though I didn't get a really quick lap in during FP3 I could feel we were going in the right direction. In qualifying it came good and on the second run I had a clean outlap, got the tyres working well, and then a really good run to set my best quali time of the season so far. Days like today show how my learning curve keeps improving. I'm working better with the engineers in every session on track and they are finding out more about how to help me get the most out of the car. This is the sort of performance I'd targeted for when we had new parts on the car so I'm really pleased for me, the whole team and everyone who's backed me that we can deliver like we did today. There's more to come, in the race tomorrow and with more new parts for the rest of the year and this is a great way to kick off the European season."

Charles Pic: "It's been a bit of a tough weekend so far. We've put a few new parts on the car and have tried several setup options to get the most out of them and find a balance I can use, but it hasn't worked yet. FP3 was ok - I didn't have a completely clean lap so we knew there was a bit more time to come after that session, but in qualifying the car just didn't feel like it was working as well as it had in the morning session. I'm not too sure why but we'll go through all the data and find out if there's anything we can do for tomorrow. On the positive side, we know we have good long run pace and I think we can have a decent race tomorrow. The weather's supposed to be a bit warmer and that'll suit our car better than the cooler conditions we've had so far this weekend. Our pitstops have been good all year and our tyre degradation here has not been too bad on both compounds, so I think we should be ok for the race."

Marussia:
Jules Bianchi: "We had a good Free Practice 3 session this morning and the changes we had made seemed to move us on quite a bit from yesterday. We found more grip but the car is still not well-balanced and this is the most I could get from it today. The balance was quite variable in the first and last sector on different laps and I'm still not happy in the high-speed corners. We need to go through the data and understand what I can do in the race tomorrow to manage these situations. We need a good start to get ahead of Van der Garde but I think we will see some improvement tomorrow in terms of our race pace."

Max Chilton: "We're not there yet with the balance of the car but I am pleased with the progress we have made since yesterday. My first lap in particular was strong and I'm definitely feeling the benefit of not having lost track time this weekend. I feel like I've been able to demonstrate more of my progress. I'm really looking forward to the race now."

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