Sat: Lotus, Marussia, Caterham

Saturday 23-August-2014 14:29

Lotus and Marussia joined Caterham at the bottom of the timesheets despite both Romain Grosjean and Jules Bianchi making it into Q2...

Lotus F1:
Romain Grosjean: "Spa is a circuit where you have to be quite brave even in the dry, so in the wet it's pretty good fun! P15 is quite disappointing. We got through to Q2 but then we were one of the slower of the cars in that session. We knew that the Q1 conditions would suit us a bit better than in Q2 due to the amount of rain on track. We look to the race now and as it's Spa, you never know what can happen. We're on the grid and we'll push as hard as we can for the best result possible."

Pastor Maldonado: "It was pretty tough at the beginning of the session, but then the track was improving all the time in Q1. We changed for a second set of intermediate tyres and were pushing hard - even with a bit of a spin on one of my laps - but we couldn't get the improvement in lap time that we wanted. It's going to be a tough race tomorrow and we don't know what the weather will bring so our fingers are crossed; we'll do our best."

Jules Bianchi: "I'm really happy to make it through to Q2 again, especially as it repeats a good performance here last year. I love this track and it's also very special to me personally, so it is always a really nice feeling to do well here. I was a little surprised that we had such a strong qualifying, simply because the tricky conditions were the same for everyone, yet we have fared better than some of the teams further up the grid, finishing ahead of a Lotus, a Force India and a Sauber. I also made a little mistake in Turn 10, so there was even a bit more to come. I'm really pleased for the Team as this is a nice reward for them and I hope we can carry it through to the race now. We can't be sure what the weather will bring tomorrow. Ideally it would be dry, but I think we are still missing a little bit of performance, so we will be do our best whatever the conditions."

Max Chilton: "It was pretty tricky out there so I was quite happy with the lap as I had no battery - I used the energy on the previous lap when the tyres weren't at their best. I was closer to Jules on the first run so without the energy problem, who knows? Maybe Q2 was possible, but then Jules pulled a mega lap out of the bag, so credit to him. We are still a good chunk ahead of the Caterhams and I think we can have a really strong race. Spa is a great track so I'll be giving it my all and I hope for a good team result tomorrow."

Andre Lotterer: "This is definitely a speedy way of learning how to drive an F1 car! Yesterday was dry while today was wet, so all this is now covered and I know exactly what to expect in both those conditions. I think it was a very tough qualifying session for me. I had to figure it all out while I was out there, so I'm very happy that I brought the car back without making many mistakes - it was so easy to lose it out there! In the end I managed to complete two decent laps and I'm really happy with my result. The most difficult part of this weekend is figuring it all out in such a short period of time: understanding where the grip is, where to brake, how to handle the throttle and the power... I've accumulated a lot of experience in a very short amount of time and I feel that I can do a good race tomorrow. I did some long runs yesterday and I found a good rhythm. Hopefully the conditions won't be too tricky, because if not I will need to find out where the limit is while I'm racing - that's my biggest concern. Nevertheless, I'm really looking forward to tomorrow's race, I'm ready for it!"

Marcus Ericsson: "I think we could've been quite competitive in the rain but unfortunately we were in the wrong place on track all the time so I didn't get a single clean lap. I'm disappointed because we could've done much better if we had put a lap together. It doesn't really matter what weather conditions we race in tomorrow, I think we're going to have a tough race anyway, but we need to make the most of the opportunities that come up during the race tomorrow. In the dry this morning we were out early on the option tyre, so that's why we were a bit off the pace, but the car felt a lot better today in the dry, so if there's a dry race tomorrow I think that there's potential to do well."

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