Sat: FIndia, Lotus, Merc, Sauber

Saturday 24-November-2012 17:17

There were top ten qualifying times for Nico Hulkenberg, Kimi Raikkonen and Nico Rosberg for the Brazilian GP...

Force India:
Nico Hulkenberg: "It was an entertaining qualifying hour and it actually reminded me of 2010 with the rain shower just before the session. The track dried up quite quickly and the car felt good - we definitely improved it more between practice and qualifying. So seventh place is not too bad and is probably about what we were expecting. For tomorrow we are in good shape: I've got quite a neutral set-up so we can cope with whatever weather we get. It's always a tough race, quite physical, and there are some fast cars around us, but we should have the pace to race strongly."

Paul di Resta: "I was very happy with the car this morning and so we didn't change anything before qualifying. However, the track went away from us during qualifying, probably because of the rain shower, and I didn't feel quite as comfortable as this morning. Q1 was quite straightforward and we looked strong in Q2, but my quickest lap was compromised slightly by traffic with Kobayashi recovering onto the track. I think that made the difference between making the top ten. I tried to do another lap, but I had used the best of the tyres. I think P11 still puts in a reasonable position to do something tomorrow. We have the choice on tyres, but obviously it depends on what the weather does."

Lotus F1:
Kimi Raikkonen: "Of course we expect to do better but it's been a tricky weekend. If I could have just done a few laps this morning it would have made things much easier, but after the engine problem I couldn't complete any running and with the different temperatures from yesterday it was hard to know what would be the best setup. So I guess it was good to get into Q3 after all the issues ; it means we got something out of today when it could have been even worse."

Romain Grosjean: "Unfortunately there's not much to say. I stayed behind Pedro [de la Rosa] during his flying lap to not disturb his time, but then when we got to the straight I tried to get past and he just didn't see me. I braked as much as I could but it was too late ; he moved across, there was contact which broke my front wing and that was my afternoon ruined. To be honest I'm pretty upset about it ; of course, every driver is out there fighting for position but pulling that kind of move when the car behind is clearly faster is just pointless. The car felt very good this morning and we should have been fighting for the top five not struggling to get into Q2. There's a lot of work to do now to get close to where we should be, but we know the pace is there so hopefully we can still bring home some good points."

Nico Rosberg: "To progress into Q3 and the top 10 in qualifying today was a reasonable achievement for us. Our car set-up was a little compromised due to the race conditions expected tomorrow so we should be in better shape then. You can't change anything after qualifying so I hope we are well prepared and that we have chance to score some good points tomorrow."

Michael Schumacher: "For obvious reasons, I am not particularly happy about the qualifying session today. We might have compromised the car too much for the rain which is expected for tomorrow and was also forecast for qualifying. When the drops came down just before, it looked even more likely. Anyway, my starting position is now quite tricky, and I will have to see what we can make out of it tomorrow. Of course, coming from where I am does not make it easy, but I will definitely try to fight my way up the field."

Sergio Perez: "My fastest lap was really okay and, therefore, I think our position pretty much reflects what is possible with the car. When the track was damp at the beginning of qualifying we were quite competitive. But later when it was completely dry we lost positions. Nevertheless I still hope to get a good result tomorrow in what will be my final race for Sauber."

Kamui Kobayashi: "My fastest lap wasn't a perfect one because the warm up of the tyres wasn't perfect. I lost a bit of the tyres' potential there. I think in damp conditions we would have had a chance to make Q3, but not on a dry track. I actually hope we will get some rain for tomorrow's race and so make the right calls then."

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