McLaren: Disappointing qualifying session for both drivers
5 October, 2013
Team and drivers report from qualifying day at the Korean Grand Prix, Round 14 of the 2013 Formula 1 World Championship.
Sergio Perez MP4-28A-02:
“My fastest lap wasn’t too bad – I had a small lock-up at Turn 15, but I don’t think it cost me too much laptime. So, what we have is pretty much everything that we could have achieved today. We’ve developed a useful set-up for tomorrow afternoon, and we’ve also fitted a seventh gear that’s long enough to hopefully enable us to do some overtaking. That means I’m looking forward to an exciting race. We really need to score some points tomorrow, and I think we’re in a good position to do so.”
Jenson Button MP4-28A-04:
“On my fastest lap, I lost a tenth and a half behind Kimi [Raikkonen] in Turns 11 and 12. It’s quite frustrating: they’re pretty quick corners, and, when you’re that close to the car in front, it damages your lap. It’s difficult – because most of those corners are blind – but we’ve all got radios, so we should all know where other drivers are. It’s a pity, without that delay, I’m pretty sure I would’ve qualified inside the top 10. Still, there are positives for tomorrow – we’ve got new tyres for the race; Turns One, Three and Four are always very interesting on the first lap; and we’ve got interesting straightline-speed compared to our rivals – both in terms of ratios and downforce levels – so the first couple of laps should be really interesting for us.
Martin Whitmarsh, Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes: “That was a disappointing qualifying session for both drivers, particularly for Jenson, who encountered traffic on his quick lap that almost certainly cost him the opportunity to graduate through into Q3. Still, we’ve proven repeatedly throughout this season that we have greater strength and versatility in the race itself. For tomorrow, we’ve got total flexibility over our strategy, and two strong racers, so we’ll see what we can do.”
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