Sat: STR, McLaren, Force India, Lotus

Saturday 07-June-2014 19:17

There were top ten times in Saturday's qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix for Jean-Eric Vergne and Jenson Button...

Toro Rosso:
Jean-Eric Vergne: "Today we have done great in qualifying. The field is tight so you really have to drive the perfect lap, getting the best out of the car. The team and I managed to achieve our goals and this is the result that rewards all the hard work that we have put in. To start from 8th position on the grid is very promising and I will certainly do my best to finish the race and bring home some good points."

Daniil Kvyat: "I'm disappointed with how my Qualifying turned out today. After the limited running yesterday, the team worked hard overnight and everything seemed to be working fine in this morning's FP3 session. Then during Qualifying I found the car difficult to drive and I experienced some brake problems. We will have to analyse this closely tonight, but I'm sure we will be fine for tomorrow. It is not ideal to start from P15, but as always, I will give it my 100 percent and aim to finish the race as high as possible."

Jenson Button: "We'd been trying to adjust the balance all through the weekend, but we really struggled in free practice this morning. Still, it's a positive that the changes we made for qualifying were a clear step forward. My fastest time in Q3 was almost good enough for eighth - I lost out by just two hundredths - but ninth is probably better in terms of starting position on the grid, because it'll be on the clean side. Looking ahead to tomorrow, it's going to be hard to read the tyres' behaviour in these very hot conditions. They're very easy to grain, so if you can look after them throughout a stint, it could make a big difference in the race. As a race team, we're extremely good at thinking on our toes - so we'll make sure we're ready for every scenario tomorrow."

Kevin Magnussen: "Jenson probably got the maximum from the car today. But Q2 was a bit tougher for me. The car actually feels good - there's not much I'd do to change the set-up - but the car's lack of downforce means that we're not quick enough. Tomorrow, it'll be important to look after the tyres - especially the Option, which will struggle in the hotter conditions. I really don't know what to expect on Sunday: we're starting just outside the top 10; with a good race, I hope we can score some points. All I know is that I'll go into tomorrow absolutely fighting."

Force India:
Nico Hulkenberg: "I was close to making the top ten - just half a tenth would have made the difference, but I think we've known since yesterday it was going to be quite tight in qualifying. Having said that, P11 is a good starting position: it gives us some flexibility in terms of the strategy; I get to choose my starting tyres, and I'm feeling quite optimistic about our race pace. The pack is very close in terms of performance but it should be an interesting race because it's a circuit where overtaking is possible and history has shown that anything can happen here."

Sergio Perez: "It was quite a tricky qualifying session that turned out to be a bit harder than we expected. I'm starting P13, but I'm still feeling very positive about our chances in the race because this is such an unusual track where you can move up the field and take advantage of whatever happens in the race. We have good top speed and that will certainly be important tomorrow. I think we have shown already this year that Sunday is what counts and I'm confident that we can score points and beat some of the cars ahead of us. We will need to get the strategy right - it's always a choice between one and two stops here and we'll need to evaluate which one gives us the best chance for the race."

Lotus F1:
Romain Grosjean: "We expected a tough time in Canada but if you ignore the position on the grid I'm very positive as we've made good improvements with the car so it genuinely feels very good to drive. Qualifying was frustrating as we just missed out on gaining a couple of positions with another lap, but we wouldn't have overcome our speed deficit down the straight. The race looks like it will be hot so tyre degradation could be an interesting aspect. The circuit is good and I like it as it's an intense lap where you have some tight moments in the car which always makes for a good race."

Pastor Maldonado: "We had a problem which meant that I was losing a lot of power on my last flying lap. The engineers asked me to stop the car immediately which was a shame as I think we would have been in a position to compete in Q2. Anything can happen in the race so we'll see how it goes. It's a long race and not a particularly easy track so it will be important to complete a good first lap and recover some places. Of course we will do our best and hopefully enjoy tomorrow."

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