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3 Valtteri Bottas

Fri: Sauber, Marussia, Caterham

Friday 7th June 2013

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Fri: Sauber, Marussia, Caterham

Fri: Sauber, Marussia, Caterham

It was a disappointing Friday in Canada for Sauber who joined Marussia and Caterham at the bottom of the timesheets...

Sauber:
Esteban Gutierrez: "All in all we tested a lot of different set-ups today so we could find the right balance. But it's quite evident we need to find a lot more speed. We are definitely not where we want to be and we need to work as a team to improve and have a better overall speed. The track is really fun to dive on in a Formula One car - I like it a lot. You can attack the kerbs, you have the high-speed braking and it's a good challenge overall. The change of weather conditions has actually been good. It was important to gain experience on the intermediate tyres. The forecast is still unsettled, and I think we are more competitive in the wet."

Nico Hulkenberg: "It was a difficult Friday. The rain this morning didn't allow us to run through our programme as planned. It's extremely difficult to test new parts, especially the new tyre compound, in these conditions. Despite the rain that was forecast, FP2 was dry. The afternoon, however, was also difficult. The car felt undriveable and mid-session we found a set-up error. But even after we corrected that, we still had difficulties. I am not happy with the current set-up, we have to improve that and have quite a bit of work to do before tomorrow."

Marussia:
Jules Bianchi: "The track conditions were very tricky at the start of FP1 and unfortunately I got caught out on a damp section of the track. I had completed just 8 laps, which was very frustrating because this is a new circuit for me and we also had a busy aero programme to get through this morning. I'm pleased that I have been able to recover the ground we lost and happy with how we end this first day of running. I really like my first taste of this track, so it's a shame that it wasn't such a smooth start but I think we are back in a good place for the rest of the weekend."

Max Chilton: "So far so good on my first outing at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. It's a great track; I love it. This morning our running was subject to the steadily improving conditions. We had some aero work to do on the prototype tyres so that we could press on with preparing for the race this afternoon. We managed to condense that so that we achieved everything we needed to and we end the day's running with plenty of data to look over this evening. These are never the best conditions to get your first taste of a new track but I'm comfortable with where we are so far and looking forward to the rest of the weekend."

Caterham:
Charles Pic: "I'm reasonably pleased with how FP2 went. On my first run the car had too much understeer so we tried a couple of aero and mechanical changes for the next runs and by run four, on the supersofts, we'd found a good balance, one I could start to push with. We might have gone a little too far on the front as the car was turning in well by the last run, but we lost a bit of mid-corner stability so we'll have to look at that tonight and see where we can improve tomorrow. On the long runs the deg levels and pace looked ok on both compounds but Sunday's going to be hotter than either Friday or Saturday, which will suit us more, so even if we don't find another good step before Sunday, I think we can maintain the race pace we've shown since Bahrain."

Giedo van der Garde: "FP1 was a bit like being back in Monaco! Wet to start with, then onto inters and then slicks and I have to say it was pretty good to be driving out there in conditions that kept changing. Both sessions for me were dominated by understeer, but towards the end of FP2 we'd found a really good setup on the long runs. I didn't have a clean go at the performance run, but on both compounds on heavy fuel I was really enjoying driving the car. There was a bit of power understeer coming in but it wasn't really damaging the tyres too much so it looks like we've found a good direction for Sunday. We also tried our new traffic light pitstop system for the first time today and that's another good sign of how the whole team keeps making progress. In the last couple of races I've been able to show how much more confidence I have in the car and my own performance, and, as a rookie, when you see the team investing in something like the traffic light system, something that will help us perform even better in the races, it all adds to the confidence levels. Bearing in mind it's the first time we've ever used it the system worked really well, and talking to the boys, it's clear they're pumped about having something that can help them perform better on race day - it all makes this a good place to be working right now!"

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