Sat: STR, Caterham, Marussia, HRT

Saturday 28-July-2012 14:15

Toro Rosso joined Caterham, Marussia and HRT at the bottom of the timesheets in Saturday's qualifying for the Hungarian GP...

Toro Rosso:
Jean-Eric Vergne: "I feel I got the most out of the car we have at the moment and don't think I could have gone much quicker. We improved our performance in the dry conditions and got a bit closer to those guys ahead of us. It's always hard to overtake here, but there are many factors to take into account at this track, including tyre degradation. As far as that is concerned, the long run we did this morning looked quite good. Plus, when you look at the way the gap between us and our rivals is always less in the race than on Saturday and, as we seem to have found a bit more performance here, I think we can expect to have a good race tomorrow."

Daniel Ricciardo: "It's frustrating and a bit disappointing not to have made the cut to Q2, as this is the first time I've been stuck in Q1 all season and it would have been nice to keep that sheet clean. The time I set on my first run on the Prime tyre was not too bad, but I was not completely happy with the car so we made a few changes before the Option run. It immediately felt pretty good but as I came down the main straight, I had a Lotus come out the pits in front of me and it stayed there for most of my lap. From the outside, maybe it doesn't look like traffic, but to have someone a couple of seconds in front for a whole lap, can really affect you, especially in qualifying, when you need all the help you can get. It didn't help my cause. In terms of our strategy, it was the right call to only go with one set of Option as I am confident we could have made the cut with a clean first lap. I'll try and make up for this disappointment tomorrow."

Heikki Kovalainen: "It's been a positive day today. In FP3 the car immediately felt better balanced and there was more grip so that was a good step from yesterday. In qualifying I think I got as much out of the car as I could today. I'm very happy with that last lap, as we made no mistakes and I'm pleased with the final balance of the car. We'll look ahead now to tomorrow's race and keep pushing as always. It could get interesting if there are showers, but overall I feel we're making the most of what we've got and we just need to work on improving the performance of the car."

Vitaly Petrov: "The day started well with the changes we made overnight improving the overall handling of the car. In qualifying I think we made exactly the right calls on strategy and with the decision to do two runs on the option tyres. I had a good first run but on my second run we went for one flying lap to make the most of the track conditions and unfortunately I ended up losing time in turn eleven which affected my final laptime. Despite that, I'm very happy with the set up of the car, and I feel we have progressed well this weekend. Tomorrow is another day and I think we can have a good race, as we have had all season."

Charles Pic: "On the whole, I am quite happy with my qualifying today. On the first set of Soft tyres it was not easy as I made and adjustment to the front flap and experienced a lot of vibration. On the second set I was much happier with the balance of my car but I did not get a clean lap, especially in sector one, much like Hockenheim. It was very hot today and the race will also be tough, but I hope we have the chance to improve tomorrow as is often the case on Sunday. I'm looking forward to it. "

Timo Glock: "Not a great qualifying for my side. The Free Practice 3 session was quite good but for some reason we didn't make the right changes between the two sessions. In qualifying the car was more nervous again under braking and turning in, so it was definitely not the right direction to take. On my best lap on the first run I hit traffic. On the second run my lap was not so good; I made a couple of mistakes due to the front wheel locking and I lost the rear end, so all in all it's not great today."

Pedro de la Rosa: "I think it was a good qualifying session. I'm happy because, step by step, we're improving. Today we managed to get down to 1'25 and we overcame the heating issues with the tyres. We were able to push and, if we're objective, this is our time. The Hungaroring is a circuit which I really like and it brings me good memories, but we have to be realistic and tomorrow's race will be a tough one. It's a similar circuit to Monaco so overtaking won't be easy. We've got a good car, which is quite consistent with the tyres, and that's the important thing. We must head into the race fully motivated and concentrated because it's very long and physical for the driver because of the heat, so we'll have to wait and see what happens."

Narain Karthikeyan: "In the morning I managed to make the most of the entire session and run consistently. Given the high temperatures today, the car was overheating a bit, so we had to make some slight cut-outs on the bodywork and that made us lose some points of downforce. That cost us a couple of tenths. But we've made a big effort and I've got the satisfaction of having given everything I've got. There's a lot of work to do ahead of tomorrow and it will be a tough race, but we're prepared for the challenge."

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