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Abu Dhabi GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Felipe Massa
3 Valtteri Bottas

Sat: STR, Lotus, Virgin, Hispania

Saturday 23rd July 2011

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Sat: STR, Lotus, Virgin, Hispania

Sat: STR, Lotus, Virgin, Hispania

Toro Rosso did not have a great qualifying in Germany and will line-up at the back of the grid with Lotus, Virgin and Hispania...

Toro Rosso:
Sebastien Buemi: "Given how little track time I had yesterday, in general I am pleased with my performance this afternoon. I had the feeling I got the maximum out of the car, which we had decided to run in rain set-up to be ready for a wet race tomorrow. Jaime has decided to stay with a dry set-up so now we must wait and see which one of us has made the right choice."

Jaime Alguersuari: "This is where we are at the moment in qualifying. Maybe if it rains tomorrow, then it will prove to have been a good idea to have used the extra set of tyres this afternoon. Perhaps I could have gone one or two tenths quicker, but no more than that. Nevertheless, I am pleased that we managed to make a step forward on the car after this morning's session, improving it for qualifying and I believe I have a good set-up for the race too."

Team Lotus:
Heikki Kovalainen: "I'm relatively pleased with the performance today but I think there was still more to come from the car. On the second run I was still struggling to get the front tyres working and I maybe pushed a bit more than I should so couldn't improve on my first run. That run had gone well and I was able to get a decent time in so all in all not too bad."

Karun Chandhok: "I've got to say I'm pleased with how qualifying went today. Tony had said to me that if I could get within a second of Heikki he'd be proud, and I finished about 0.8 off him so that's a goal achieved. One of the challenges today has been finding out how much grip there is on the soft tyres on low fuel and that was always going to be a pretty steep learning curve in quali, but my times have been coming down all weekend so I'm getting there. As I've been saying, the last couple of days have been about learning the car, the tyres and how to get the best out of the DRS system, so to get as close as I reasonably could expect to my teammate is pretty good progress."

Virgin:
Timo Glock: "The car was not easy to drive today, by any means. We had the same problem in Silverstone in similarly windy conditions and our car is just very sensitive to that. We have to understand why because without the little mistakes, too much oversteer and being too much over the limit to trying to get the maximum out of the car, we could have been four or five tenths quicker. I was pushing hard and I drove a good lap I think. I just want to get more out of the car. We still managed to split the Lotus cars and in better conditions I think we could have a good race, so we will see what tomorrow brings. The fans have been great here and thanks to them for their support in my home race."

Jerome D'Ambrosio: "I think it was a pretty good qualifying session for me today. I didn't quite manage to get the maximum out of the car on my fastest lap, and as we have to use the same set-up for the race tomorrow it wasn't ideal for qualifying anyway. But I'm very pleased to have had a smooth Saturday; we've had no rain and no bad luck. As a result we have a good consistent pace so I'm looking forward to tomorrow."

Hispania:
Tonio Liuzzi: "We've continued to work hard during this morning's free practice and the balance of the car was good. I was optimistic about finishing ahead of our main rivals in qualifying. However, the track conditions changed from the morning to the afternoon and the car wasn't feeling the same. Also, with the gearbox change, we got penalized and will have to start off the back tomorrow. Still, I'm confident that tomorrow we can regain yesterday's feel on race distance. Tomorrow will be a difficult but exciting race."

Daniel Ricciardo: "I'm quite happy with the qualifying session. I'm not delighted but I have to be realistic and I think it's a good step forward from Silverstone. Also, this morning, I wasn't so quick and we learned from that. We made some changes with the engineer and it seems to be positive because my lap times improved considerably. So I think it's a very a good step forward. We need to take another one tomorrow during the race."

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