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Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Felipe Massa
3 Valtteri Bottas

Fri: Lotus, Ferrari, McLaren, Sauber

Friday 28th June 2013

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Fri: Lotus, Ferrari, McLaren, Sauber

Fri: Lotus, Ferrari, McLaren, Sauber

Felipe Massa crashed out in the wet at Silverstone as the McLarens once again found themselves mixing it with the midfield runners.

Lotus
Romain Grosjean:
"It was a solid day here at Silverstone. Thankfully, the rain stopped for this afternoon and we could get some good laps in so we can make a call on setup and configuration for tomorrow. It's hard to say exactly where the car is due to the conditions we had, plus we ran with a lot of different tyres so my engineers will have a busy evening checking the info to work out what's best. The car feels good; I think if we can improve in a few areas we could be well placed for qualifying."

Kimi Raikkonen:"We're reasonably happy with everything today. We put quite a lot of effort into testing the new Device with feels pretty okay. I only ran with the development and hard tyre so didn't go for a faster lap, but it didn't feel too bad and we can work out where everything will be once we put it all together. I don't think we're one of the very quickest, but I don't think we'll be too far away."

Ferrari
Fernando Alonso:
"This morning, we lost the first session because of the rain and had to squeeze all the work we had been unable to do into the afternoon session. Our programme for today was no different to usual and as normal, it was important to gather data relating to tyre behaviour, which here too will be the key factor. At Silverstone, you need an aerodynamic package that is suited to the combination of fast corners that are the main feature at this track. The strategy will have to be impeccable and in order to make the right choice for the race, we will have to take into account the fact that on Sunday we can expect very different conditions to those we saw today, because the track will definitely be drier and the temperatures higher."

Felipe Massa:"I am very disappointed about what happened today as the accident cost me valuable time, especially in terms of getting an understanding of the tyre behaviour here at Silverstone. At the exit of the corner, I found myself on a piece of track that was still very damp and I lost control of the car: at that time, the prototype Hard Pirellis that we could use today, were not yet up to temperature and I couldn't avoid the impact. Luckily, the car only suffered slight front end damage and tomorrow we will comfortably be able to pick up where we left off with the work. On a long run, Fernando's car went well and even if the low temperatures probably didn't help, the improved weather expected tomorrow gives us reason to be optimistic. I am certain that together we will try our best to improve so that we can take the fight to our main rivals."

McLaren
Jenson Button:
"Despite this morning's washed-out session, I think we got in all the running that we needed this afternoon, and we managed to get through most of our programme - including some running on Pirelli's test tyre. The car doesn't feel too bad out there, and the balance is reasonable - it's better than it was in Canada - but we're still some way off the pace. Still, the engineers have lots of data to analyse, so they'll be able to find out whether the new parts have made the improvements that they'd predicted."

Sergio Perez: "The second session was quite productive; we managed to do a lot of work and run through all our preparations, so it wasn't a waste of a day. Nevertheless, I think we're in a similar position to the last race, and still quite far from the front. We've worked to improve ride-quality - and I think we've made a step forward in that area. However, not everything we tried today worked properly, so I still think we can aim to turn this weekend around."

Sauber
Nico Hulkenberg:
"We couldn't really learn much this morning, especially because it is supposed to be dry tomorrow, but here you never know. However that was the same situation for all of the teams. The second practice this afternoon was good. We were able to change to dry tyres fairly quickly. Of course, the programme is a bit different without having a proper FP1 and it can get hectic sometimes, but I think we managed to work through the programme quite well. We learned a lot about the tyres and had a good, consistent long run. The set-up of the car can still be improved, but that is normal after losing so much time this morning."

Esteban Gutierrez: "This morning was a little bit frustrating. It was too wet and we had to wait quite a long time to go out. Tomorrow is supposed to be dry, so it didn't make sense to run in the wet. Fortunately it was dry in the afternoon and we managed to get a good number of laps on all three tyre compounds and high fuel loads, so that was positive. We were getting consistent laps and now we need to evaluate the two different set ups we had on the cars. It seems Nico's configuration was a little bit better on the downforce, especially in the fast corners. So now we need to evaluate the data and make a decision for qualifying tomorrow."

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