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Postponement of Q2 and Q3 will prove to be a challenge for teams

Torrential rain forced Race Control to postpone the second and third qualifying sessions until Sunday 11.00am local time.
Saturday, March 16, 2013

March 16th, 2013 (F1Plus / Gabriel Polychronis) - The situation was very unfortunate for everyone involved, including drivers, mechanics and fans alike.

Jenson Button expressed his discontent with the whole outcome after Q1:

“It’s a shame for us [McLaren team]. There’s so much energy and adrenalin but we got to find a way to get rid of that now, but it’s said for the fans, they’ve been here all day…”

Button however, felt the decision from Race Control was an appropriate one. He told F1plus.com:

“When it’s too wet and they [Race Control] don’t call qualifying off, we complain, so we shouldn’t complain when it’s dry enough to run… We just got to follow their rules, and they were correct.”

Sergio Perez also explained how the turn of events affects the drivers:

“It’s a shame from a driving point of view, because you give it everything and it comes to nothing in the end.”

It is obviously a frustrating situation for everyone involved. Nonetheless, the mechanics of each team will face the greatest challenge, as they must work hard to prepare the cars for Q2, Q3 and then for the race, all in the same day.

Christian Horner reiterated this point after Q1:

“It’s going to be much more of a challenge for the mechanics than the drivers, but it’s the same for 75% of the grid… we just have to deal with it.”

Horner however, also believes that this decision had to be made by Race Control.

“Charlie Whiting needs to take the drivers’ safety into consideration and I think he made one hundred per cent the right decision.”

Despite the whole momentum of the day being halted by this decision, the Lotus F1 team principal, Eric Boullier, is more than happy toresume qualifying on Sunday.
He told F1plus.com:

“Starting 3rd and 11th [Grosjean and Raikkonen] is not the best, but it’s still better than nothing, sure, but I say we can do better, so we’re happy to go through qualifying again.”

Teams and drivers will need to adapt to the situation quickly to gain the best possible result for Sunday’s race, despite the hindering nature of today’s postponement.

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