Sat: STR, McLaren, Ferrari, FIndia

Date published: November 22 2014

There were top ten times in qualifying in Abu Dhabi for Daniil Kvyat, Jenson Button, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso…

Toro Rosso:
Daniil Kvyat: “It was a very good Qualifying session for us. I did a good lap in Q3 and I am happy that we achieved P7, even if we could have done a little better. We were very close to the 6th place, but nevertheless we are in a good position for tomorrow, also because I will start from the clean side of the track. It’s hard to fix a target for the race, I just hope to maximize our strong performance in Qualifying. I think yesterday we correctly understood where our car could have been improved and we worked in the right direction. Now we’ll just have to work hard in order to get points tomorrow. I have good memories here from GP3 and I hope that tomorrow’s race will also turn out to be an experience to remember. It will be my last race with Scuderia Toro Rosso, I will miss the whole team and I will also miss speaking Italian. But tomorrow there is no time to be emotional: I will be totally focused on the race.”

Jean-Eric Vergne: “It wasn’t a bad qualifying session, even though I would have preferred to get into Q3. It’s been a difficult weekend, with a car which has always been very hard to drive, so at the end of the day to finish so close to Q3 is not such a bad result. All considered, it gives me the possibility to start the race with the tyres that I want tomorrow and I’m really convinced that our car will perform much better, as our race pace has been looking good for the whole weekend. With a good strategy, we should definitely be strong tomorrow and bring home some good and valuable points, to end the season on a high, for me and for the team.”

McLaren:
Jenson Button: “I thought we had a decent shot at getting P6 today, and in the end we were just seven-hundredths’ off. As the track temperature drops, you start to lose grip, and you’re never certain from which end that loss of grip will come. On my final lap, I had a lock-up into the hairpin at Turn Eight – it locked the loaded right-front wheel, which is quite unusual, so we didn’t get it quite right. Looking forwards, I’m not sure what our race pace will be like, as I didn’t get much running done on Friday. I don’t know where we’re going to be, but I intend to have some fun. One thing’s for sure, I’ll go out there and get the maximum out of the car. Considering where we were yesterday, this was an okay performance.”

Kevin Magnussen: ” “I’m a bit disappointed, to be honest. There was a bit of traffic out there, but, more important, in Q2 I struggled quite a bit with the rear of the car – it just didn’t have much grip. It felt a bit better yesterday, so we’ll have to look at why that was. Our race performance looks promising though; certainly, our pace on the Prime tyre didn’t look too bad on Friday. So the Prime will probably be our race tyre, and we’ll be trying to get the best out of it tomorrow. As always, our target is to score as many points as possible.”

Ferrari:
Kimi Raikkonen: “Even before we arrived in Yas Marina, we knew this track would not favour our car and all weekend, we never managed to find a set-up that worked well at every corner. Today, in qualifying, I felt more comfortable, but it wasn’t simple putting a good lap together. I was always on the limit and on some parts of the track the car worked well and in others it tended to slide. Tomorrow it will be a difficult race, but as always, we will do our best to bring home as many points as possible for the team.”

Fernando Alonso: “Today’s qualifying was very tricky on a weekend that, in general, has been more complicated than usual. Changing the engine after the final free practice session created a few extra problems and it took until Q2 for the car to perform consistently. Tomorrow, I expect an uphill struggle, partly because, over the past two days, we haven’t done any practice starts and I have never run with a full fuel load. But at the same time, I really want to give it my all and try and make up as much ground as possible. It will be a special day for me and even if it’s really about the title contenders, Rosberg and Hamilton, I would like my last race for Ferrari to feature some nice battles, for the team and for all the fans who have supported me over these past years.”

Force India:
Sergio Perez: “Today wasn’t an especially difficult day, but we simply didn’t have the pace to extract a better position from qualifying. We expected this, which is why our set-up is more geared towards the race. The way the tyres are behaving here is quite different from the past in Abu Dhabi so we had to amend our set-up accordingly: we hope this will give us some advantage tomorrow. In any case, the strategy choices are quite limited on this track so I don’t expect any adventurous choices from anyone on the grid. We have made some big changes compared to yesterday; hopefully they will pay off when it matters and we can close our season with another points finish.”

Nico Hulkenberg: “Going into qualifying we knew we that our pace over one lap was not the best and that it would be difficult to make the top ten. With the set-up we chose it has been quite tricky to find a good harmony over one lap on this track. The good news is that our race pace looks stronger and I hope we can perform better tomorrow. Also, there are double points on offer, so everything counts twice. It’s also the last race of the year so we should try and take some chances to finish the year in a good way.”

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