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Korea Saturday quotes: McLaren

Lewis Hamilton - 4th: "The team made a phenomenal effort to get all the new parts to the track for this race, and everybody has done a fantastic job at the track all weekend.

"We were very quick in practice, so I don't know where the Red Bulls found an extra half a second in Q3. Still, it's important to remember that we're still in the fight: we make good starts, and there are some long straights here, which should suit us.

"I feel that we're competitive - the car is the best it's ever been and our long runs are strong. We just need to do the best we can with what we have we can't ask any more of the guys back at the factory, or the guys here, and I don't think I could have asked for any more from me.

"So, yes, we can still have a very good race tomorrow."

Jenson Button - 7th: "Yesterday and this morning I was very happy with the car; the balance was extremely good and we were looking strong.

"This afternoon I couldn't get the tyres up to temperature and struggled a bit with locking fronts and rears. I didn't have enough grip and couldn't find enough pace.

"It's going to be a bit tough tomorrow, whatever the weather does. But the good news is that I'll be starting from the clean side of the grid, and there are a couple of long straights after the first corner, so it'll be a fun first lap!"

Martin Whitmarsh - Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes: "The conditions in qualifying today were pretty challenging low-grip Tarmac combined with low-ish track temperatures and as a result it was difficult to get the tyres up to optimal operating temperature fast enough.

"Both our drivers drove sensibly and well to get safely through to Q3 and, once there, we elected to give them each two single-lap runs. They both drove very good laps but as things turned out it wasn't easy to nail a time on a single lap.

"However, we're very positive about tomorrow's race. We've got a very good race car, with strong straight-line speed, and as a result both Jenson and Lewis will be able to drive attacking races."

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