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Saturday 23-November-2013 17:53

There were top ten times in Saturday's wet qualifying the Brazilian GP for both Toro Rosso drivers and Nico Hulkenberg...

Toro Rosso:
Daniel Ricciardo: "It was tricky out there this afternoon, but even since last year, we have often demonstrated that we can be competitive in the wet. It's the best qualifying the team has had in a long time and I am very happy that both cars are in the top eight. I don't think there was much between me and Jev today. Tomorrow? The weather will probably decide the story, but anyway, seventh is a great place from which to start. I will be very motivated to convert today's work into points tomorrow on what will be my last race with Toro Rosso after two very happy seasons with them."

Jean-Eric Vergne: "I am happy for myself and for the team, because to get both cars into the top eight is a great result. We were not really as quick as I had expected to be, because usually, in other races this year, we have a very good car in the wet, but since Friday I have been struggling a bit more than usual in these changeable conditions. However, even if qualifying was not easy, starting from eighth is very encouraging, especially as it was a bit touch and go to get into Q2 at the start of the session, as we didn't time our first run very well. After that I managed a very good lap to get through to the next part of the session. Points definitely have to be my target for tomorrow and anything can happen here in the rain."

Nico Hulkenberg: "Reaching Q3 today was a success. It's been wet the whole weekend, and we've not been as competitive as I would have liked as we had problems with the balance of the car. It was difficult to nail every corner as the track was extremely slippery. At the beginning of the season we were better on wet tyres and not so competitive on slicks, but now it seems to be the opposite. I think it will be an exciting race tomorrow and let's wait and see what the weather will be like."

Esteban Gutierrez: "The track was dry on the first lap. However, I made a mistake in the last corner and was just not able to recover what I gained in sectors one and two. After that it started to rain quite a lot and it was hard to catch up. It's disappointing. The car felt ok, it had a bit of oversteer, but that shouldn't have been too much of a problem. Starting 18th tomorrow will be challenging, but we have to work with what we've got."

Force India:
Paul di Resta: "The wet conditions have made for a very difficult weekend so far and I was only able to complete very limited running in the build-up to qualifying. So we've pretty much stuck with the set-up we decided on before coming here, which will hopefully help us tomorrow if the conditions improve and we get a dry track. If it is dry there will be a lot of unknowns, especially with the tyres on a green track, and there's the possibility that we can take advantage of that. If it's wet then we are in a good position to race for points because our performance in the wet this weekend has been a step forward compared with earlier in the year. We will keep pushing and hopefully tomorrow we will be smiling after the race."

Adrian Sutil: "A very tricky session and the best conditions were right at the start of Q1. After that the conditions gradually became worse and worse for everyone. So in Q2 there was only one real opportunity to set your time, which was at the start of the session. I stayed out to see if the rain eased off, but when Perez had his accident the yellow flags came out so I pitted. The main issue was the lack of grip and I didn't have the confidence to really push. It looks like I will start P16 tomorrow, but we know it's a long race and it's uncertain what the weather will do. The races here in Brazil can be very unusual and unpredictable so we never give up and will keep pushing until the last lap."

Valtteri Bottas: "The weekend has been difficult for us so far in the wet as we have struggled to get the best set-up here. Our car seems to suit the dry better at the moment so I think 13th is a fair reflection of where we are today. It's not a bad position to start the race from, so hopefully we can challenge for the top ten tomorrow and score some more points."

Pastor Maldonado: "It was a tough day today; we have been struggling a lot to get temperature into the rear tyres all weekend. With the conditions as they were today we were unable to get 100% out of the car on the first lap which is when some of the best times were posted in Q1. Tomorrow we are still hopeful that we can be in the points, so we will prepare well tonight and do our best in the race."

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