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Sat: Williams, FIndia, Merc, Sauber

Saturday 28-July-2012 14:14

There were top ten grid positions in Hungary for Pastor Maldonado, Bruno Senna and Nico Hulkenberg...

Williams:
Pastor Maldonado: "My qualifying performance was quite good, especially in Q2, but then in Q3 I came across traffic twice. I am happy for the team as we both did a good job to put the team near the front so it's looking positive. It's going to be a tough race here but an important one as getting points is our priority. The gaps are very close but we are both in the top ten and now we need to push for a better position in the race. We have the car and qualifying place for a good finish tomorrow."

Bruno Senna: "It's been a good weekend so far and I'm really happy to be in the top ten for the first time this season. Q2 was extremely close but we were able to get through. I could have done a better lap in Q3 but I'm pleased with the result and having both cars in Q3 is great for the team. The car has felt consistent and our long run pace is looking good. We're in a strong position for the start of the race, so from here I'll be pushing to bring home some good points for the team."

Force India:
Nico Hulkenberg: "I'm happy to be in the top ten but not satisfied with my quick lap in Q3. I tried too hard and made a mistake, got some dirt on my tyres and couldn't recover the lap. It's a bit frustrating because my laptime from Q2 would have been good enough for sixth on the grid. So I'm a bit disappointed, but at the same time I'm focusing on the positives because we looked competitive during the session. Now we need to do the same in the race and pick up points."

Paul di Resta: "I think there was more potential in the car today, but I couldn't get the laptime when it counted during Q2. The main issue was trying to find track position and I had to push very hard on my out lap to make some space, which probably took too much out of the tyres. It's a shame because we were very quick in Q1 and the car has been working well here. We can still have a good race, but it won't be easy with the high temperatures and the fact that it's never easy to overtake here."

Mercedes:
Nico Rosberg: "That was a difficult qualifying for us today, and we need to analyse why it turned out like that. Qualifying is always a compromise and I was focused on finding a good race set-up for tomorrow as we may have more tyre degradation on our car than others, but it is still disappointing not to make Q3 by two-tenths."

Michael Schumacher: "It was quite a tough and difficult day for us. We have to clearly see that we did not have the pace to be in the front. I could have done a faster lap probably, without the dust having been brought to the track by Maldonado, but then I still do not think it would have brought me into Q3. I don't think we could have done much more. This morning we practised for long runs as yesterday we could not do that due to the rain but I don't think it compromised our performance. You have to accept the gap is quite big. We know the combination of track layout and temperature does not suit us too much, and we will try to make the best out of it tomorrow."

Sauber:
Sergio Perez: "Basically this was all that was possible for us today. For some reason all weekend we have been struggling with the balance of the car and how to understand how the tyres work on this track. I feel on my car we made a big step forward in regard to the balance between free practice this morning and qualifying. Q1 actually didn't look bad at all, but the car still behaved inconsistently and in Q2 it was so difficult to put a perfect lap together that I didn't make it into Q3."

Kamui Kobayashi: "Well, after we have been struggling in all free practice sessions since we got here the qualifying result doesn't come as a complete surprise. To me getting through to Q3 would have been a miracle today. We don't understand why we can't manage to get the tyres to work at this track, and this goes for both compounds as I can't find the grip I need. Perhaps it is track related and has to do with bumps or dust or even something else. It will be another tough race for us because overtaking is particularly difficult here, but certainly we won't give up and will try our best tomorrow."

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