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Sat: McLaren, STR, Force India, Lotus

Saturday 21-June-2014 14:20

There were top ten times in Saturday's qualifying for the Austrian GP for Kevin Magnussen, Daniil Kvyat and Nico Hulkenberg...

McLaren:
Kevin Magnussen: "If everything had been perfect today, I think we could have been in the top five. I made a tiny mistake at the final corner on my final lap in Q3, but, even so, I'm happy enough with how things went today. And I think the whole team can feel satisfied, too: we're definitely making progress, so we just need to keep it up now. It's also nice to see a bit more of a mixed-up grid. It's quite surprising that the gap to Mercedes has been closed so quickly, and it's good to see a Williams on pole. Looking ahead to tomorrow, I don't know if our race pace will be as strong as our qualifying pace was today. But we'll do our best."

Jenson Button: "You never really know how much you lose from missing FP3, but it meant we were a little in the dark on set-up going into qualifying. Having said that, I think I could've made it into the top 10 if my last run in Q2 had worked out: I was about seven seconds behind Romain's [Grosjean] Lotus, which locked up and run wide at the first three corners. While he eventually pulled over and let me pass, it lost me a bit of time. You never know what overtaking will be like in the race. But, being outside the top 10, we can run new tyres at the start of the race, and we can play with the strategy. The DRS zones look interesting, too; not having one at the exit of Turn One looks like it'll make racing more fun - now, you'll have to make a move to overtake rather than just passing along the straights, which is what it should be about."

Toro Rosso:
Daniil Kvyat: "This was my best qualifying result so far this season and I'm satisfied with the work the team has done all weekend. We managed to put all the things together like a puzzle and we made a significant step forward from yesterday to today. It was a shame that because of the yellow flags in Turn 2, we couldn't exploit the full potential of the car. But still, P7 is a good starting position. I really enjoy this circuit and I hope we can have a strong race in front of all the Red Bull family."

Jean-Eric Vergne: "We have struggled with the set up all day and I had to fight against a pretty consistent oversteer, which makes it difficult to put in the perfect lap and get into Q3. It's a real pity as the team has done a really good job and the car has certainly improved with all the new parts that we brought here for this race. This is a one time off when qualifying was bad but the race is still to come, the car is good and I'll do my best to make it up tomorrow what I have lost today."

Force India:
Nico Hulkenberg: "It's quite an interesting grid so it looks like there are all the ingredients for an exciting race. I felt pretty good through all of qualifying and was building up my speed nicely for Q3. It's a shame my lap in Q3 was disallowed, but it's difficult when you're pushing so hard and I obviously ran a little bit wide. At the end of the day losing the lap only changed the result by a few positions so I'm still in good shape for the race. It's been a long time since Formula One was last here so there are a lot of unanswered questions going into the race. We don't know how the different strategies will unfold, or how the tyres will behave, but I think we've shown recently that we have a very strong race car. Points will be the goal tomorrow."

Sergio Perez: "We tried to do just one flying lap on my last Q2 run but unfortunately it was not possible to put together the perfect lap. This is a very tricky circuit and we struggled to get the tyres working at their best, but I don't think that will be so much of an issue tomorrow. It will be a very challenging race and starting five places back from where we qualified won't be easy, but we need to look ahead and see what can be done to improve our position tomorrow. The first lap will be important and strategy will be crucial to get a good result because overtaking looks to be difficult around here. We have a lot of tyres available for the race so we should try and use this to our advantage to move up into the points."

Lotus F1:
Pastor Maldonado: "We will start in P13 recovering one more place on tomorrow's grid which is always good. I think that we made a big improvement from yesterday when we had issues with the power unit. Today we have been a bit better with a bit more power and an improved balance. It was a good last lap for the package that we currently have even though we are not where we want to be. We were hoping to be more competitive on this track however we are suffering on the straights and up the hills. I look forward to tomorrow. Our pace has improved today and we have shown that we have potential on long runs so hopefully we will have a good race on Sunday."

Romain Grosjean: "It's no secret that we've struggled so far this weekend. I had a very good Q1 session but Q2 was much more difficult. It's been a tough weekend and our pace on low fuel hasn't been great as we saw today. Yesterday we showed good pace on high fuel so hopefully we can use that as best we can in the race tomorrow. Certainly overtaking will be tricky as our top speed has not been one of our strengths this year but we'll look for a good strategy or maybe a shortcut on the track to help us in the race."

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