Sauber joined Marussia and Caterham at the bottom of the timesheets in Saturday's qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix...
Esteban Gutierrez: "It was not a positive qualifying for the team, so we cannot be happy with today's outcome. We are on the edge of getting into Q2, so every minor incident on track is affecting us massively. Today it was a big challenge to find a clean lap. Bringing the tyres up to temperature took a few laps, which was not ideal either. We need to analyse the data and see what exactly happened. Regarding the race, we all know that it is hard to overtake in Monaco. However, a good start can bring us closer to the front. During the race we have to take any chances that we get."
Adrian Sutil: "It was a disappointing qualifying. The first run was quite good. We just had bad luck with the two yellow flags at the end of the first qualifying session. It is a shame, but that can happen in Monaco. We were not able to show what could have been possible. We now have to look forward. The race is long and everything can happen. I am looking forward and I hope to get the most out of the car."
Jules Bianchi: "It would have been tight to make it to Q2, but I think it was a possibility. My first run was okay but the second one was compromised by the yellow flags and traffic and I lost around 0.5s, with no chance of improving. Looking at the positives though, we were 0.6s off the Saubers, so taking into account the lost time I am encouraged by our pace to them. We have been pretty close all weekend, so now we have to make it work in the race. I think we can have a good fight tomorrow and give a nice reward for the Team."
Max Chilton: "Compared to this morning's FP3 session the car was a big improvement. I'm pretty pleased with how things went in qualifying to be honest. If we take all the intervening factors into consideration, I think we have a good car for tomorrow and we can be quite optimistic for the race. We've seen a few incidents today that are a reminder of how tricky this circuit can be, and with the potential for safety cars as well, there is every chance of an opportunity arising for us, so it's important that we are ready to take advantage."
Kamui Kobayashi: "As we'd had so few laps in FP2 we went straight out in FP3 and started with a six lap run on the soft tyres. The car was understeering a bit more than yesterday and we still had an issue with tyre temperatures, but less than in FP1. For runs two and three we went onto the supersofts, running a different program to our normal FP3 which we had to do because of the lack of FP2 laps on Thursday. In Q1 we did two runs on supersofts. The first run was ok but I wanted a bit more front wing for the second run and went back out but we just didn't have the pace to improve today and finished 21st. It's fair to say it's been a pretty tough weekend so far but tomorrow's what really counts and if the weather forecasts are right and there might be rain, anything could happen. I'm just focused on doing the best job I can and even though it's difficult for us right now, everyone's still working as hard as ever - hopefully we'll get some reward in the race."
Marcus Ericsson: "For most of FP3 I was struggling with traction and pretty low grip on both tyre compounds. We did three runs, one on the softs and then two on the supersofts with different fuel loads so we could look at how they'd perform in both quali and the race. I had the same traction problem in Q1, even though the track temps had gone up from FP3 - I didn't have enough grip to really push and with quite a few cars slowing down in the last sector I just couldn't put together a clean lap. On my final push lap I was behind Massa going into turn five and he moved offline a bit which meant I had to change my braking point. I locked up and went into the barrier with him which was my mistake. It's unfortunate it took him out too but it looks like the car is ok so now I want to put today behind me and concentrate on the race."
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