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Malaysian Grand Prix, Sepang 27-30 March 2014Lotus F1:
Romain Grosjean: “It was definitely a good surprise to reach Q2 today, and I think we would have had the potential to reach Q3 had it not been for a miscommunication towards the end of the session when I should have come in for new tyres. At the moment we’re just trying to make the best of everything we have and then to put that together. It’s clear there has been some good progression; today we made some strong improvements and didn’t have many problems, so we just need a bit more of that! The car was on the track when we wanted it to be, and we were able to try a few different things – some of which worked, and some of which didn’t – and it was a good Q1. Q2 could have been better, but overall we’ll hope that everything goes well tomorrow and then we’ll take it from there”

Pastor Maldonado: “I was on a good flying lap when the red flag came out and, for sure, I would have improved my position if I had been able to finish my lap. At the same time, I think we were a bit late with new tyres, so we’ll need to analyse that. In these conditions it’s a bit like a lottery, and this time I was unlucky. The important and positive thing is that the car is running quite well, and there were no problems today, which is very good. We’re very happy and hopefully this is a big step forwards and we can start to develop our performance from here.”

Malaysian Grand Prix, Sepang 27-30 March 2014Williams:
Felipe Massa: ” In the dry conditions we are normally fighting for a top six position and the car feels good, but when it is wet the car lacks grip and can feel unstable with lots of sliding which is something we need to address. It’s a shame as this qualifying result is not really reflective of where we should be. The good thing is that the cars seem to be very close in terms of lap time so that will help us overtake tomorrow, and I’m hoping that we have very different weather conditions as the car feels completely different in the dry.”

Valtteri Bottas: “It was a difficult qualifying session for us today and it was very reminiscent of our qualifying in Melbourne. The more water there was on track the more we struggled with the rear grip of the car. We tried both the intermediates and the wets but we just couldn’t get the grip we needed from either tyre. The wet conditions highlight where our weaknesses are, so we have a clear direction for where we need to improve the car. I still think we have a chance of fighting for some points though if we have a dry race.”

F1+Grand+Prix+Malaysia+Qualifying+kd25q2AuCduxToro Rosso:
Jean-Eric Vergne: “I am happy having finished ninth and in the top ten for the second race in a row. But it was a difficult qualifying and the car was not easy to drive. We’ve never been really fast but in Q2 I could manage to do a very good lap that brought me into Q3. We have to look at all the data now to understand why we were quite slow in the wet. I’m really confident the team and I can do a good job tomorrow and I hope we’ll finish in the points here like we did in Melbourne. We definitely have the car to do so.”

Daniil Kvyat: “It was a shame to be knocked out of Q3 right at the end by my team-mate, but Jev was faster than me today and I was too conservative on my last lap. As for the incident with Alonso, the visibility was very poor for everyone and I think he didn’t see me and in the end, he turned into me. I think it was quite normal that he didn’t see me because there was so much spray. Now, let’s see what happens tomorrow, as it really depends on the conditions out there. Q3 could have been possible today, but all the same P11 is a good starting point.”

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