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F1 NEWS 

Australia Saturday quotes: Pirelli

Paul Hembery: "This was one of the most unpredictable qualifying sessions that we have seen since our Formula One debut, with a real sense of anticipation and excitement. The teams were only able to collect some meaningful data in the hour-long free practice session before qualifying due to the mixed conditions yesterday, which also meant that there was even less grip than usual on this track.

"The performance of the compounds is much more closely matched now, which will also be a feature of the race. We saw a stunning lap from both McLaren drivers, and we'd particularly like to congratulate Romain Grosjean - the reigning GP2 champion and one of our former test drivers, who did a great job for us on his excellent third place. Having had such limited dry running up to now, the teams will still struggle to find the best compromise for a fully loaded car tomorrow, which is sure to provide plenty of interest."

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