Sat: Lotus, Marussia, Caterham

Saturday 19-July-2014 14:33

Lotus failed to shine in Saturday's qualifying for the British GP, joining Marussia and Caterham at the back of the field...

Lotus F1:
Romain Grosjean: "We set ourselves the target of getting into Q2 and we achieved that, so that's a very good job from the guys. We're still not quite where we'd like to be; it's not ideal to be out of the top ten but the car doesn't feel too bad. We've just lost some downforce. The team were one of the first ones to use the interlinked suspension system so removing it is a big change. For the race tomorrow, there's a chance the weather might change - everything can help so we'll take the situation as it comes and make the most of it."

Pastor Maldonado: "We are still working on gaining back some of the performance we have lost from the changes to the suspension. I think we can recover this pace, but it's certainly affecting us. It's a case of looking at every detail of how the suspension works without being connected as it was before and how this affects the aerodynamics. We're working hard to put everything together and we should gain a few tenths that will put us back into fighting position. The race tomorrow is long and could be very hard, but we'll keep pushing as always to get the best result we can."

Jules Bianchi: "I think we did a good job today, so I'm pretty happy. On my second quick lap I made a small mistake and maybe lost a tenth or so, but otherwise I think we pushed the car to the maximum. I'm ahead of who I needed to be and close to Sutil, so I think we can enjoy a really good race from here. This weather has been quite challenging, but tomorrow it could be for a different reason."

Max Chilton: "I'm pleased with the job I did in qualifying. It wasn't the result we wanted but considering I went into qualifying having only run the prime tyre this morning, it's perhaps not as bad as it could have been. We had an electronics glitch in FP3 which cost me half of the session, so the recovery is not bad at all, even though it's a little frustrating as there was so much more in the car. I'm sure that we can improve in the race tomorrow, but of course we have to see what the weather will bring."

Kamui Kobayashi: "At the start of FP3 I had quite a lot of understeer but we improved that for the second run, and then again for the final performance run. However, I still didn't have as much confidence in the car as I'd had at the start of FP2 so there was definitely a bit more to come for quali.

"The track temps had gone up quite a bit by the start of quali but we stuck to the plan which was two runs on supersofts. The first run was ok but I knew I could push a little harder so when the session was halted after Lewis' crash we adapted the strategy and went for one flying lap, again on the supersofts. I think I got as much as I could out of the car - the balance did go to oversteer in the final sector and by the end of the lap the tyre deg had kicked in and I

was struggling with the rear so I couldn't find any more time.

"So now it's all about Sunday. The weather could be a bit different to the weekend so far and hopefully it will be another crazy race! That would give us a chance, but whatever happens we'll keep pushing and aim to come away from Germany with a good race behind us."

Marcus Ericsson: "FP3 was a bit confusing for me. I couldn't really find a balance I was happy with in any of the runs and then we had a hydraulics issue with about 15 minutes left of the session so I didn't have a chance to do a performance run. Unfortunately that problem, confirmed by Renault Sport F1 as a hydraulic leak from the throttle, meant I couldn't run in qualifying which is obviously disappointing. The guys in the garage worked absolutely flat out to try and fix it, something that's hard anyway but in the heat here in Germany even harder, but they just couldn't make it.

"Even with the problem today I think we'll be ok tomorrow and I still think it could an improvement on the last few Grands Prix for us. Overall the car has felt better here and if we can have a clean race I want to make it the first of what I hope is better races for the whole team."

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