Fri: STR, Marussia, Caterham

Friday 6th September 2013

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Fri: STR, Marussia, Caterham

Fri: STR, Marussia, Caterham

Daniel Ricciardo admits it went "wrong" in FP2, resulting in Toro Rosso dropping to the bottom of the timesheets with Marussia and Caterham...

Toro Rosso:
Jean-Eric Vergne: "The car worked well in the morning, but we were not so competitive in the second session. On my short runs and also on the long one, I had a problem with the balance of the car, although this afternoon, that aspect was a little bit better than in the morning. Generally though, I suffered with a lack of grip, which I can't explain at the moment. However, I am confident we can find ways of moving forward and enjoying a competitive weekend at our home race."

Daniel Ricciardo: "Our performance was quite good this morning and we tried to improve for FP2, but unfortunately, we seem to have gone in the wrong direction. Having run only the Hard in the morning, in the afternoon, I did not set a competitive time on the Medium. I did make some mistakes and I will admit to that, but there were too many of them so we definitely need to get the car to suit me a bit better. At the moment, it's on a knife edge. I was happier on the long run I did this afternoon and that was the most positive aspect. Driving here at Monza is always different and this morning, on the first runs, you definitely feel that extra speed down the straight, which is a nice feeling and something I enjoy about being here."

Marussia:
Max Chilton: "I am obviously quite happy with the first day of running here. We've had a smooth couple of sessions and made good progress through each, so to end the day ahead of my nearest competitors is a nice reward. We have done a lot of work to optimise our package for here, as low downforce circuits have not always played to the strengths of our car. We seem to have chosen a good direction though, the balance is good and let's hope we can maintain this momentum through the rest of the weekend."

Jules Bianchi: "Today was a little frustrating for me as I had a lot to achieve in just one afternoon session, so I was pushing hard and perhaps forcing myself into a couple of mistakes. This cost us in terms of consistency and although we have completed the programme, I feel there is quite a bit more to come from me and the car. It has been very warm so far but we need to plan some alternative scenarios as there is a strong chance of the weather changing later in the weekend. I hope this evening will allow us to play catch-up a little more so we can enjoy a smoother day for me tomorrow."

Caterham:
Charles Pic: "FP1 went ok. The car balance was good right from the installation lap and the rest of the session went to plan. We were mainly working on mechanical setup options and running downforce scans so the times weren't really important, but it was still good to see that the gap to the teams ahead is around where we'd predicted. In FP2 we started with an eight lap run on the hards but it felt like the changes we made over lunch had a negative impact on the car balance, increasing mid-sector understeer and entry stability in particular. We made a couple of mechanical changes and then went out on the mediums for the first time but the car felt very different from the morning session, the balance wasn't as good and there was more understeer so we definitely didn't get the time we could have from that set. On the long runs the car balance was again not consistent - we had both understeer and oversteer in the corners and that's obviously not what we're looking for here. However, we have accumulated a decent amount of laps and have a lot of data to work on tonight so we'll keep working and come back stronger tomorrow."

Giedo van der Garde: "I was back in the car for FP2 and straight out to start work on the hard compound tyres. On the first run my times were ok but the traction wasn't great and I needed a bit more time to find the best line in sector one. On run two we made a bit of progress and then we went for the first run on the medium tyres which, honestly, was strange. The grip you'd expect from a new set of options just wasn't there - the car balance was fine, but we didn't find the time we should have found from the options so we'll have to look at that in detail tonight. On the long runs the pace was ok , as was the deg levels, but we definitely need to look at how we manage tyre warm-up and make sure we have options to fix the grip issue with the options, especially for qualifying."

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