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India 2011 - Post qualifying interviews - Highlights from the drivers after Saturday action at Buddh International

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Key quotes from F1 personnel immediately following qualifying in India.

Paul di Resta, Force India

"Bit disappointed really. This morning was quite good, just struggled with a bit of understeer in the high speed, we couldn't really fix it in that session. I think conditions cooled a bit which didn't help us. We're in reasonable shape, I think, over long distances, but I think qualifying was going to be quite crucial and unfortunately we didn't maximise it.

"I don't think it's evolved quite as much as we thought today. Yesterday, there was obviously a big evolution but we're not seeing too much other than that. It just seems to be everybody putting all their eggs in a basket, taking the fuel out and that's where you're seeing a lap time."

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes GP

"Not very special, I would say. Started already Q1, traffic wasn't ideal for us. In the final moment, got already the vibration in the tyres. I don't know understand why we occasionally seem to have that - happened in Korea, happened now again. But, still, doesn't explain the difference to Nico, it's not only to be seen in the vibration.

"Certainly something in how you prepare the tyres, especially in the first sector was pretty dominant, that's just acceleration and braking. There's not really anything to do with much of driving skills, actually the mid-sector where it's difficult has been all weekend very strong. We need to understand, and get on top of it, and it should be okay."

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari

"I think it was a good qualifying for us, a good weekend so far. With Felipe yesterday on top of the times in free practice, and today not many problems in qualifying so for us, so far happy with the car.

"Obviously being in front of Jenson is a nice surprise, because we are usually fifth on the grid, so being fourth is okay, and with Lewis' penalty, starting third tomorrow will be even better. Normally, our strongest points are on Sunday race pace, so starting third looks more optimistic for tomorrow."

Jenson Button, McLaren

"Massa was heading into the gravel as I was coming up to it. I saw the tyre marks, I saw the smoke and then I saw the yellow flag... we'll see what happens. I backed off, I hope it's enough.

"This morning the car felt great. The pace was good and the car just felt good. This afternoon I couldn't find any grip, on the hard tyre especially. I didn't really get a clear lap either on any of my runs.

"I think I'll end up fourth tomorrow, we'll see. At the moment I have to work out why I can't find a balance, and then hopefully we'll have a better race than qualifying. It was a disaster qualifying really."

Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber

"Definitely disappointed. The last lap was a pretty good lap but I had traffic with Massa. We're not strong enough, but I had no luck as well."

Timo Glock, Virgin Racing

"The fifth gear broke unfortunately. Bit strange because we never had a problem on the gearboxes, so we have to find out what the problem was. It's a shame, we had good speed in the car... but then the gear broke and that's it for me."

Narain Karthikeyan, HRT

"It's been a while, and it's emotional driving in my country. I didn't think I'd get a chance, in my racing career, to drive here, but it's happened and I'm very, very happy."

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