Sat: Sauber, Marussia, Caterham

Saturday 07-June-2014 19:18

It was another dismal for Saturday for Sauber who joined joined Marussia and Caterham at the bottom of the qualifying timesheets at the Canadian GP...

Adrian Sutil: "Once again, this was not an easy qualifying. However, we made it into Q2 this time, which is a small success, although the performance has not really improved. After qualifying we are basically where we were this morning. The car is difficult to drive. We need more downforce and have defeciencies in most areas. The driveability in qualifying was not optimal. It was very tricky to control the car with the throttle, because it is very nervous. So I ended up in P16 for tomorrow. We will do our best."

Esteban Gutierrez: "It was a disappointing day, after we also had some troubles on Friday. Concerning what happened today, we have to further analyse what caused the problem. I came into the corner with a little bit of oversteer, then later something happened and I lost the car completely. We have to find out whether this happened through what I did, or something I had identified earlier. We have to analyse further what caused the incident. I know that it's going to be a lot of work to rebuild the car for tomorrow, and I would like to thank the team for the hard work ahead of them. Tomorrow is another day, and I will do my best."

Max Chilton: "We came here off the back of a great result for the Team in Monaco, but fully expecting to struggle rather more at a circuit that has never really suited our car in previous seasons. I think we are all a little surprised, but pleasantly so, because it really underlines how much progress we've made with the car in all conditions and at a variety of circuits. We've had a very positive couple of days and we were hoping to be able to wrap all that into a great qualifying, which we started to do on the first run. That was a good lap, but there was definitely room for improvement, but the red flag put paid to that. We have to look on the bright side though because it's a further sign that our progress is genuine and not the product of one race. My plan for tomorrow is to aim to keep everyone behind me and hopefully have a nice fight with the cars ahead."

Jules Bianchi: "It's a disappointing way to end our qualifying because after the minimal running I had yesterday, we were back on it for FP3 this morning. The car seems very good here this weekend, which is nice to see because it shows that our improvements have helped us master a circuit that does not typically suit us. My first run was okay considering the small amount of time I have spent in the car with low fuel and options this weekend. There was no chance to improve on the second because we had a problem starting the car and, in any case, the red flag came out and no one was able to improve. We start with the Caterhams behind me, so I just have to focus on the race in front of me and I'm sure we can fight back and have a good race."

Kamui Kobayashi: "FP3 started more positively than yesterday. The tyre warm-up was better and we made a good improvement to the braking so the work done last night looked like it had paid off. We still needed to work on traction and taking out some of the understeer I had in the chicanes, but overall it was better. We ran through the programme until the performance run when I had to stop the car with a transmission problem. It's similar to the problem Marcus had in FP2 but we had it fixed for quali after the guys did a good job repairing the car over lunch. In quali we did two runs on the supersofts but the red flag at the end of the session meant I couldn't improve my time. We'd made a bit more progress since FP3 and the balance was better, so on my last quick lap I made up a tenth in the first two corners, but then had to abort that run so finished in 20th. With the grid penalty we have to take for the gearbox change over lunch I'll start at the back of the grid and all I can do is fight - everyone in the team keeps doing that, even in a tough weekend like we're having here, and as we saw at the last race, anything can happen and we need to be there if and when it counts tomorrow."

Marcus Ericsson: "It was immediately clear in FP3 that we'd found a decent step overnight, particularly with braking which had been an issue in both Friday sessions, but I was still having problems bringing the tyres into their working range as quickly as we wanted. Despite that, the car felt better on each lap and by the end of the session I think we'd made some good progress. We went out early in Q1 for the first of two runs on the supersofts. I was still having tyre warm-up problems on both runs but the performance had improved a little from the morning session so I could push a bit harder. Unfortunately on my last flying lap I lost the back of the car in turn nine coming up behind a couple of other cars and made contact with the wall, ending my quali. It's obviously fair to say this has been a difficult weekend for me and the whole team. We just aren't strong enough here and that's going to make the race pretty hard, but I know I'm ready to do the best I can and that's the same for everyone in our team."

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