Sat: Sauber, Lotus, Caterham


Sauber, Lotus and Caterham failed to shine in qualifying for the Abu Dhabi GP but at least Sauber got one driver into Q2…

Adrian Sutil: “That was a solid qualifying. We continuously made progress during the whole weekend, although it was not easy as I missed the first free practice session, and, therefore, did not run many laps on this circuit. Session by session the feeling in the car got better after testing different set-ups. The car had a good balance during the first qualifying session, so my crucial lap went well. After that the track temperatures went down and the driveability of the car was different in Q2. It was difficult to have the ideal conditions. In general I am satisfied with qualifying. The team did a good job, and we hope for a positive race tomorrow.”

Esteban Gutierrez: “It was pretty tight. I tried my best to get the maximum out of the car. My last lap was a good one, but I missed half a tenth that would let me reach Q2. It is not very satisfying, but at the same time we need to focus on tomorrow’s race and try to get the best out of it.”

Lotus F1:
Romain Grosjean: “It’s not going to be an easy race with starting from the back and having a drive-through penalty, but that’s what we started with at the beginning of the year in Melbourne so there’s some kind of cruel symmetry there! We will try our best in the race; you never know what can happen. It’s a long Grand Prix and you never know how the season finale can play out. Let’s hope we achieve the best result possible.”

Pastor Maldonado: “It was difficult to get temperature into the front tyres which meant they started locking up easily on braking, which obviously penalises you for lap time. We didn’t expected to be very competitive this weekend as Yas Marina is a very particular track with slow speed corners and long straights, neither of which favours our car. We did the best we could but in the end it wasn’t enough. Nonetheless, we hope to be more competitive tomorrow as we should be better than our rivals in terms of tyre degradation. A good strategy will be key, as it is a long race and we should recover a decent amount of places.”

Kamui Kobayashi: “We’ve had a very decent weekend up until now – it’s been a positive day today and the car feels better than yesterday. I lost a bit of time in the last sector, but nothing would’ve changed result wise, so we can be satisfied with our performance today. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow – we will fight like we always do and I hope we can end the season with a good result to thank all the fans who are constantly supporting the team and that got us here to Abu Dhabi.”

Will Stevens: “I was looking very strong on my last qualifying lap – I matched Kamui through the first two sectors but I made a mistake going into Turn 17; I was actually a second quicker than my previous lap at that point. I’m pleased because I know that if I hadn’t made that mistake I would’ve been matching my teammate, but obviously I’m disappointed because I could’ve done better. But overall it’s been a positive day. This morning in FP3 we started to push and I had some good performance runs. I was pretty happy with my Prime tyre run but my Option run was quite messy and I didn’t get the most out of the tyres. I feel comfortable and I just need to keep a cool head and enjoy my first ever Formula 1 race tomorrow. We will all do our best as we want to show all the fans out there how much their support means to us.”