Sat: McLaren, Caterham, Marussia

Saturday 08-June-2013 19:29

McLaren had a dismal qualifying in Canada with only Caterham and Marussia slower than the Woking team...

Sergio Perez: "That was a very tricky session - it was difficult to make the most of things, and, in the end, luck just wasn't with us. The red flag at the end of Q2 affected me just as I was about to set a good time. Then, with only two minutes of the session remaining, I didn't get a run without traffic - as a result, I couldn't get my tyres up to temperature. The fact that some of the others managed to improve was frustrating, but that's racing; sometimes you get it right, and sometimes you get it wrong. It's a shame, because I think we had the pace to get into Q3 today. Our focus is on the race, and I think we can still score good points tomorrow. It's not over."

Jenson Button: "Today's qualifying was one of those sessions where it either all falls into place for you - or it doesn't. And we were just out of luck this afternoon. We encountered yellow flags, a red flag; and, when the session restarted, I crossed the line about half a second too late to start my final flying lap. We weren't as competitive as we thought we'd be, and 14th obviously isn't the place where I want to start, but the good news is that you can overtake around here. A race in mixed conditions tomorrow would be good for us."

Charles Pic: "It's been a pretty good day for me. We changed the plan for FP3 when the session was delayed and continued the progress we made yesterday with a decent balance for quali. That worked out well in Q1 as it meant I had a car I could really push with and ending up ahead of a Lotus and both Marussias means we've achieved today's target. I think the race is going to be really interesting. We haven't had any running yet in the sort of temperatures we're expecting for tomorrow so we really don't know too much about how the tyres will degrade, but we found a good balance yesterday on the long runs on both dry compounds and we have a lot of sets left so we can maybe try something different with the strategy. Even though this track is tough on wear rates on the tyres we've been able to look after them pretty well and that gives us options for the race that we can work on tonight."

Giedo van der Garde: "FP3 was good for me, even though it was obviously cut short, but we found a balance for quali on the inters and managed to get a couple of laps in on the supersofts at the end. After a good FP3 quali really didn't go to plan. We went out early on inters, one of the first on track, and the times kept coming down as the dry line started to appear, but it was never right for slicks as it had been at the last race in Monaco. We went onto a new set of inters with a few minutes left but then, on my quickest lap I made a pretty big mistake that cost me about 1.5 seconds, and then on my final lap I had to back off for a yellow flag and that meant I couldn't put in a really representative time. It's a shame as the car felt good and I'm enjoying the circuit, particularly in these sorts of conditions, but we know we have decent race pace so we'll put today behind us and move onto Sunday."

Jules Bianchi: "It has been a frustrating day as I think we were looking strong yesterday in the dry and in anticipation of a dry race tomorrow. Today was a bit of a wash-out however because, although the rain was not heavy, it was intermittent and the track was quite variable at several different stages of the day. Like most of the field we took a gamble on the track having dried enough by the start of Q1 for us to use the Supersoft tyre, but it was so slippery that we were lucky to make it back to the pits to change to the Intermediate. I never got a clean lap as there was the occasional damp patch on the line, so I couldn't get the consistency to improve enough. I hope we can expect the forecast dry race and we can focus on the positives from yesterday."

Max Chilton: "That was a very tricky qualifying. It wasn't easy to read the track before our first run but it was soon very clear that the Supersoft we had started on was not the way to go. It was like an ice rink! Once we'd switched to the Intermediate tyre I had the confidence to start attacking and we were making good progress, but the track was evolving the whole time so everyone was going quicker. On my quickest lap I got blocked but it's good that we start ahead of at least one of the Caterhams tomorrow. I hope we've seen the last of the wet here and we can look forward to a dry race, as things were quite promising yesterday."

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