Thur: STR, Marussia, Caterham

Thursday 23rd May 2013

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Thur: STR, Marussia, Caterham

Thur: STR, Marussia, Caterham

It a sluggish start to the Monaco weekend for Toro Rosso who joined Marussia and Caterham at the back of the pack...

Toro Rosso:
Daniel Ricciardo: "I really enjoy street circuits and this one in particular, however, this morning we were slower than we had hoped and expected to be. I'm sure if we find some more speed for Saturday then it will be even more enjoyable. Jev and I weren't running the same settings and there is still a bit to come from myself as well, because you can always find a bit more performance from the driver on a street circuit. We now have one more day than usual to analyse everything and we also have some modifications we can make for Saturday. I am confident we can improve and I am still looking at getting into the top ten, but we have a bit of work to do to achieve that. As for the tyres, it's the usual story that the Supersoft is quicker and the Soft is more consistent, but I do think that running Sunday's race on a one stop strategy could prove more difficult than last year."

Jean-Eric Vergne: "It was a good day with a lot of laps completed. At this circuit, driver confidence is an important factor and you gain in confidence with every lap you do, feeling you can push harder every time. My last long run looked pretty good at the end of the afternoon session. Now we need to put all the best elements together so that we can improve our overall performance and I believe we can do well on Saturday, much better than the story told in today's time sheet."

Marussia:
Jules Bianchi: "It has been a good day for us and I have really enjoyed my first experience of Monaco in a Formula 1 car. It was everything I imagined it to be and I am pleased that we have established a good baseline that we can build on during the rest of the weekend. The fact that we have no running tomorrow means that we have more time than usual to focus on the data we have gathered today, so we should be able to draw some good conclusions that will help us to prepare for Saturday and the race."

Max Chilton: "This track is amazing in a Formula 1 car and just as exhilarating as I thought it would be. It has been a busy day but we were able to complete the full programme we had planned and I think we are reasonably confident based on what we have seen so far. Once again the big challenge will be managing the tyres through the race but the work we have done today means we have plenty of information to help us make good choices for the race."

Caterham:
Charles Pic: "FP1 for me was ok. The steering felt a little light on the installation lap so we adjusted that, and then worked on dialling out the understeer I had on the first full run, and by run three we'd found a pretty good balance. That continued into the afternoon session and I'm pretty happy with how it ended. I didn't get a clean run on the supersofts but on the long run we did on the options we found that we had quite good deg, good enough to give us some options for Sunday and the car felt good throughout the whole run. We ran an aero test last week, to help sort out a couple of the issues we found with the new package in Spain and in FP1 we ran further aero evaluation on what we learned at the straightline test. The initial results are good and that will give us even more to work on tonight, and give us more potential performance to extract tomorrow and on Sunday. Another really good thing today was that we found a balance that worked on both compounds quickly, so we were able to get everything we could out of both sessions. We didn't have any issues that held us up, especially compared to the number of small problems we had in FP1 and FP2 in Spain, so that's put us in a better position for Saturday and Sunday than we've been in all season."

Giedo van der Garde: "I definitely enjoyed my first day in an F1 car in Monaco and I think we've made some good progress today. In FP1 the grip levels on track were as low as you'd expect, but it came in pretty well and by the end of the session it was possible to push round the whole lap. We had some issues with front locking and unfortunately I damaged a front wing on my third run, but other than that it was fine. We improved the traction throughout the session and started to dial out the oversteer I had on the first couple of runs. In FP2 the car immediately felt better after we'd made a couple of setup and parts changes, and the hotter track conditions helped the tyres come in more quickly so my first run was good. We went onto the supersofts and waited for a gap in the traffic but then on my quick lap the red flags came out when Romain's accident damaged the barriers. That was bad timing as I was definitely on my fastest lap of the day and I think we'd have been looking at a time around the mid-1.17s, more representative of our real pace today. But, FP1 and FP2 aren't about the quickest laps. They're about what we did today which was work through the program, start to understand how to manage the tyres and generate as much data as we can for the guys to work on at the track and back at the factory. I'm sure Saturday we'll show what we can do around here and I think the tyre strategies are going to make it very interesting!"

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