Sat: Lotus, Marussia, Caterham

Saturday 26-July-2014 14:30

It was another qualifying without any great rewards for Lotus while Jules Bianchi made it through to Q2 at the Hungaroring...

Lotus F1:
Romain Grosjean: "We had a good third free practice session this morning and thought that we could reach Q3 this afternoon, but it wasn't to be. The car didn't feel as good in qualifying as it had done earlier in the day which we have to understand. If we can get the car feeling as it did in the morning, there will be more potential from tomorrow's race. We have learnt a lot this weekend even if we haven't been able to translate that into a good qualifying position. For tomorrow we'll do the best we can, especially as there could be rain which might assist us to get into the points."

Pastor Maldonado: "Everything on the car was working well until the second from last corner. Obviously it's very disappointing, especially as we thought that we could reach Q3 today. We were in a good position to attack and be in the top ten today so it's frustrating. Tomorrow will be a tough challenge, but as always we will work hard to solve today's issue and look to maximize the potential in the race. We have plenty of new tyres at our disposal and anything can happen here at the Hungaroring, we will keep pushing."

Jules Bianchi: "I'm really, really happy to be starting the race from 16th position, after making it to Q2 once more, and in the dry, without any tricky conditions. We did not have the best start to the weekend but we have made up for that today. My first run was not so good, as I made a mistake, but on the second run we had a perfect qualifying. So we are in Q2 for the second time this year and that is great for me and the Team. Tomorrow will not be an easy race but I hope it can be a good one."

Max Chilton: "Obviously I'm pretty disappointed with today's result. It's been a bit of a struggle so far this weekend, but we had managed to improve the car for qualifying, so it's a real shame that we weren't able to see what we could do with those improvements. The first run was good but on the second run I had an electrical problem which meant I had no power and so I wasn't able to do my quick lap. I think based on how the car was feeling on the first run, we could have had Kobayashi today and been much closer to Jules. It's always a tough race here and difficult to overtake, so tomorrow won't be easy, but we'll give it our best shot."

Kamui Kobayashi: "FP3 started with similar conditions to yesterday. We'd made quite a few changes overnight but the car still felt a little snappy, particularly at the rear, but throughout the session we improved the balance, both with setup and as the grip levels evolved. There was still a bit too much switching between understeer and oversteer but when we went onto the options it was better so we went into quali feeling quite positive. In Q1 we went for two runs on the options and my quickest lap on the first put us into 16th and with the problems for the Mercedes and the Lotus it looked like we had a chance to fight for Q2. We waited until the last possible moment to go out again at the end of the session and my first lap was good, but on the second flying lap the tyres were gone and I couldn't get any more out of them. The car has improved quite a bit over the weekend but I still don't think I could have got any more out of it today."

Marcus Ericsson: "For me the car was better in FP3 than it was yesterday, altogether more stable, but the balance was still inconsistent, going from a bit of understeer to oversteer in different corners. We tried a couple of changes to try and sort that out and although we did make a small improvement it was still not where I wanted it at the end of FP3. Unfortunately it was the same in qualifying. I just couldn't find the laptime as the car's balance kept changing in nearly every corner and I couldn't push anywhere. It's pretty frustrating as we know there's a lot more time in there, but with the way it was handling there wasn't any more I could do. However, on the long runs yesterday it was much better on high fuel and, as we've seen today, quite a few teams are having issues here, so we need to make sure we keep up the same strong reliability tomorrow that we've had all weekend and be there if any opportunities come our way in the race."

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