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Fri: Williams, Marussia, Caterham

Friday 15th March 2013

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Fri: Williams, Marussia, Caterham

Fri: Williams, Marussia, Caterham

A sluggish start for Williams saw them finish ahead of only Marussia and Caterham in Friday's Australian practices...

Williams:
Pastor Maldonado: "We ran some different tests today on the car and the tyres, so we haven't got the maximum pace out of the car yet. We have a lot of work to do before tomorrow, but we have another practice session to focus on the set-up needed for qualifying and we'll be analysing all today's data this evening."

Valtteri Bottas: "It felt good to be back on track today. It's a new circuit for me so it took a few laps in the first practice to get to know it a little better. The track improved a lot going into the second session with much more grip, so I felt like the car could still improve further. We will analyse all the data tonight and keep working on the car in FP3 to get everything ready for qualifying."

Marussia:
Jules Bianchi: "It has been a very good first practice for the Team and for me, so I am quite happy given that it is only my third day in the car. I have been looking forward to this day for quite a long time and it really worked out well I think. I'm sure it's the case for other teams as well, because this is only day one, but it is very encouraging to know that while we have a good basis today, there is a lot more to come. We completed a detailed programme and put some good mileage on the car, so we have a lot of information to look through and see the direction for tomorrow. The car is performing well but we have quite a lot of understeer and we need to improve this. As for the track, I like it a lot. It takes a bit of getting used to at first, but once you are up to speed it's an amazing lap and now I can't wait to do some more tomorrow."

Max Chilton: "Our objective today was to learn the Albert Park track as quickly as possible and then start to gather plenty of information with the car and the tyres, so I'm pretty happy with what we've achieved in terms of the programme. Now we can start to piece that together a little more to focus on outright performance and I think tomorrow we will have a clearer idea of where we stand versus the cars around us. Even at this early stage though I'm sure we can feel positive about where we are in relation to our immediate competitors and the car has shown some real promise. Though its early in the season, that's a nice reward for all the hard work we've been doing over the winter and in testing, so well done to the Team here and back at home. So, a late night tonight looking at the data and then we'll aim to push forward again tomorrow. Albert Park is an amazing circuit and I've loved every second of driving it so far. Tomorrow will be another big milestone in my debut weekend with my first Formula 1 qualifying and I'm very excited about that."

Caterham:
Charles Pic: "For our first full day of running that was ok. We definitely have work to do to get where we want to be and we knew where we'd be relative to the cars around us for the early part of the season, so there's been no real surprises today. In FP1 we ran through a pretty normal program on the medium tyres but we have some work to do to extract the maximum performance from them so we'll look at that tonight and do more work on that in FP3. In FP2 we did a couple of longer runs on that compound before switching to the supersofts and found that deg levels on those was good, especially on the long runs, and the times were consistent. Now we need to make sure we can get the same performance level out of the mediums as we did on the supersofts and that will set us up ok for Sunday."

Giedo van der Garde: "First I want to say how good it was to start my first full F1 weekend. I've worked very hard for a long time to get here and a lot of people have helped make my dream come true, so I want to thank them for helping make it happen. On track FP1 was good - we got through a decent number of laps and focused mainly on tyre evaluation, running on the mediums for the whole session so we could have a detailed look at degradation levels on that compound. FP2 started ok - on the first run I had some understeer that we dialled out for the second run but unfortunately I have a bit of rear locking as I went into T3 and went into the gravel. The anti-stall kicked in before I could get the car back out and that was the end of my afternoon. Despite that we have a lot of data to work through tonight and we'll come back fighting tomorrow. We'll have to make the most of FP3 but I'm looking forward to it and it's all part of the learning process for me."

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