Sat: FIndia, Renault, Williams, Sauber

Saturday 23rd July 2011

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Sat: FIndia, Renault, Williams, Sauber

Sat: FIndia, Renault, Williams, Sauber

There were top ten grid slots at the Nurburgring for Adrian Sutil and Vitaly Petrov...

Force India:
Adrian Sutil: "Another strong qualifying performance for us and it's great to be starting my home race from P8. My Q3 lap was good, although a couple of tenths slow slower than my Q2 lap, but it wouldn't have changed my overall position. My laps in Q2 and Q3 were pretty much perfect and I feel I got the maximum from the car. The balance has been good all weekend; I feel confident in the car and I really like this circuit. So I'm excited about the race tomorrow and really looking forward to it. We just have to wait and see what happens with the weather."

Paul di Resta: "It was quite a tough day for me. I couldn't really get the tyres to work when it mattered and I was struggling with a lack of grip in both Q1 and Q2. I seem to have lost some ground to Adrian compared to yesterday so perhaps one of the directions we took overnight hasn't quite worked out. We need to analyse that and hopefully try and improve for tomorrow. As for the race, the unsettled forecast means it's unlikely to be a straightforward race. I still hope we can fight for points because our long run pace has looked quite strong. Also my set-up is more race-orientated, which will hopefully play into our hands."

Renault:
Vitaly Petrov: "It was not an easy day for us as it was very difficult to find the right set-up and also to warm-up the tyres in these cold conditions. We all worked very hard so it was satisfying to achieve our main target of getting into the top ten, and I think we should be quite happy with our position today. That said, we were still at the limit to get into Q3 so there is more work to do. The team did a fantastic job and they gave me a fantastic car. The weather has changed a lot over the last two days so you need to always adapt your driving style, but whether it is wet or dry tomorrow, we are ready for anything."

Nick Heidfeld: "I was only just over three hundredths of a second off Q3 but margins like that can always be found somewhere, so by no means was this a bad qualifying session for me, although it would have been good to have had a run in Q3 and try to gain a few more places. As for tomorrow, so much depends on the weather; if it's wet it makes it very difficult to know what to expect and we know that as a team, our car is better in dry conditions and on the long runs. One thing is clear, and that is that we're on the way back. Silverstone was a tough race for us, but we've certainly made a step forward and we need to have a good race tomorrow to demonstrate that. We're definitely targeting points."

Williams:
Pastor Maldonado: "It was a difficult session for us. We were looking more competitive than this yesterday, but not enough to be in Q3. We were working more on race pace so we will see tomorrow. I think we have the possibility to score some points if we have the right strategy."

Rubens Barrichello: "We knew we might struggle on my car as we weren't able to use KERS here. We didn't have an ideal balance on the car, particularly compared to the morning, and it wasn't possible to get on top of that during the session. We need to analyse that in detail, and look for better pace in the race tomorrow."

Sauber:
Sergio Perez: "Obviously our overall performance isn't good here and I think we almost maximized what was possible in qualifying under the circumstances. We struggle quite a lot here at the Nürburgring. My fastest lap was okay; there is nothing to complain about. I locked a wheel once but this wasn't the main problem. Perhaps the lap time could have been better by one or two tenths but for sure no more. However, this is where we are and will do everything to fight for points tomorrow."

Kamui Kobayashi: "Of course it is disappointing to be out in Q1. It was a difficult qualifying in what has turned out to be a difficult weekend for us so far. My fastest lap wasn't perfect. I had some traffic in front and behind, but it is also the case that we have a general lack of pace here. The only positive thing is that I have now two fresh sets of the soft tyres left for the race. I will do my very best to recover from where I have to start."

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