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Saturday 23-November-2013 17:51

Sebastian Vettel was back on pole position at Interlagos, a staggering 0.623s up on Nico Rosberg with Fernando Alonso third...

Red Bull:
Sebastian Vettel: "It was a surprise to get that time today. I was happy after Q3, it took a long time for us to get out as there was a lot of rain at the end of Q2. There was too much water on track, which is a shame for the people in the grandstands, but if there's too much risk of aquaplaning, it's better to wait. We then got out and I was surprised by how much the water had cleared. I went straight onto intermediates and was able to get a very good lap in straight away. I tried to beat that and got close, but it wasn't enough. I was very happy to hear I got pole, I even mixed up Spanish and Portuguese on the radio! Hopefully we get a good chance tomorrow. We only had little practice in these conditions, but we still got the car where we wanted it, so I'm very happy."

Mark Webber: "We are where we deserved to be I think, as I didn't feel that quick in qualifying. The car felt slow and I was struggling for grip. It was tricky for all of us, but we're on the second row and we can still do something from there. It's tricky to get it all together in those conditions, I wasn't too comfortable in Q1 and Q2 on the intermediate tyres, but that's the way it goes. There's not much more to add really than it was tricky, it's easier to be a lot further back in those conditions and we can still do something from fourth, so let's see tomorrow."

Mercedes:
Nico Rosberg: "That was a very demanding qualifying session today with really tricky conditions and a long break before the final session. I'm really pleased to have achieved second place on the grid and a big thank you to the team for their work; we did everything right today. My target was to give Sebastian a hard time so I was surprised that the gap was so big in these conditions. I lost time in the last sector compared to him which was down to a lack of KERS power when you do two consecutive quick laps. Being on the front row gives us a great opportunity in the race but the most important thing is to stay in front of the Ferraris."

Lewis Hamilton: "Naturally I'm a little disappointed with fifth place as Nico's position shows there was clearly potential for more today. Wet sessions haven't been too good for me this year and, although we made some changes going into qualifying, I'm struggling to get to grips with how the car works in these conditions. It's getting better but there is still so much to learn. However we've got everything to play for in the race tomorrow and I hope to have a good fight out there and make some progress forward. Our aim of course is to finish ahead of the Ferraris and hopefully score enough points to secure our second place finish."

Ferrari:
Fernando Alonso: "After the results of the last few Grands Prix, it's really good news to be back in the top three. Unfortunately, I didn't manage to get a perfect lap, because I went off the track at turn 4. I lost seven or eight tenths there and I think also second place on the time sheet, which I believe was within our grasp today. We know our car is more competitive in the wet and it's a shame that this year, it's only rained here, but now we have to look ahead and think about getting on the podium tomorrow, as if we were fighting for the World Championship, because it would be the best way to end the season. Here at Interlagos, you never get consistent conditions and we saw that again today, when we went from an extremely wet track to an almost dry one in ten minutes. That's why I expect a very hectic race in which we will have to pay maximum attention to not making any mistakes. It will also be necessary to have a perfect strategy and an ability to react very quickly."

Felipe Massa: "This qualifying session was made particularly complicated by the changing weather, because in the space of a few moments, it went from strong rain to suddenly stopping and everything in between happened! I am not happy with my lap, because believe me, I expected something better, but I lost time in the second and third sectors and on some parts of the track, I was aquaplaning and losing grip. I am disappointed to have lost a lot of places because of that, as I was aiming to start from further up the order, but now all we can do is think about having a good race. For tomorrow, they are predicting rain, but we must be ready for whatever conditions we get, because here you never know and we haven't done so much as a single lap on a dry track. Without a doubt it will be a very exciting race for us drivers and for the fans too: all the energy they exude will be an extra motivation for me to do well on what is a very important day."

Lotus F1:
Romain Grosjean: "That was quite a difficult afternoon. It was tricky to decide which tyre we should use for the final qualifying session and we wanted to try for pole which is why we used the intermediates, but in the end there was probably just a little bit too much water which certainly made things interesting. Ultimately my lap wasn't good enough, but the car has been strong all weekend so we're confident for the race no matter what the weather is. Certainly, my Q2 lap in the wet today was very good and we know we have a strong baseline setup in the dry, so let's see what happens."

Heikki Kovalainen: "It's disappointing not to make the top ten, but I just didn't have enough pace in the second session; it's as simple as that. The conditions weren't ideal, but it's the same for everybody and there was nothing wrong with the car so I can't have any complaints. It's not the ideal starting position, but the car is performing well and anything can happen in motor racing - especially here at Interlagos - so we'll look at where we can improve for tomorrow and try to do a better job in the race."

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