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Hungary Saturday quotes: Renault

Giancarlo Fisichella - 8th: "I was caught up in traffic and that made things really difficult. I lost a lot of time and I just managed to squeeze though into Q2. Things then improved and I had a good lap setting a competitive time to make it into Q3.

"The car handled well throughout the session and I think we've got every reason to be optimistic for tomorrow's race. It won't be easy so we're going to have to have an aggressive strategy."

Heikki Kovalainen - 12th: "It was a very disappointing qualifying session. I still don't really understand what happened. Everything went fine in Q1 and then we put on the super soft compound for Q2 before going back to hard tyres on which I'd felt more comfortable at the start of the session.

"It seemed a logical decision. But unfortunately, I couldn't find the same feeling: the car wasn't the same and now we have to work to find out why so we can defend our chances tomorrow."

Pat Symonds, Executive Director of Engineering: "Today's qualifying was very difficult. The wind combined with the tyres' characteristics meant that we did not get the best out of the session. Heikki was very quick in Q1 with a time that would have given him sixth place in Q2.

"However, the last set of tyres used in Q2 seemed to provide much less grip and this led to his elimination. It was exactly the opposite situation for Giancarlo whose qualifying got off to a difficult start, and then good performances in Q2 and Q3 gave him eighth place on the grid with a reasonable fuel load. Tyre management in the race tomorrow will not be easy, and I think we'll see some very different strategic choices."

Denis Chevrier, Head of engine trackside operations: "Today we've seen just how close the field is with four teams and eight drivers vying for the last four places in Q3, so it was normal that some drivers did not make it into the final phase of this new style qualifying format.

"Today, unfortunately, it was Heikki who paid the price despite his good performance in Q1. Now we've got to concentrate on tomorrow's race, especially the start where a good getaway can make a huge difference for the drivers provided we give them enough information.

"We'll be working hard from now on to prepare for that main straight, and to have a good race despite today's circumstances, as it'll be crucial for tomorrow."

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