Fri: Merc, Red Bull, FI, STR

Friday 28th June 2013

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Fri: Merc, Red Bull, FI, STR

Fri: Merc, Red Bull, FI, STR

Nico Rosberg continued his good form as he claimed P1, but Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel were right on his tail.

Mercedes
Nico Rosberg:
"It was a pity for the fans that we didn't do much running this morning so it was good for them and for us that it was dry this afternoon. On one lap the car is still quick, so qualifying should be okay. But the question mark is our race speed. We practised the race speed today and it felt decent so far. But it could be a completely different picture on Sunday as the weather should be a lot warmer, so we don't know where we are right now compared to the others. I'm still quite confident that we can have a good weekend in front of our fans, our colleagues and their families."

Lewis Hamilton: "We had quite a challenging day today and definitely have more to learn tomorrow. I'm struggling a little with the balance of my car so there's some work to do overnight to get us into shape for qualifying. We haven't quite got it hooked up yet and you can really tell that on this circuit, particularly with Becketts and Maggots. I'm confident we'll fix it tomorrow though. It's great for the British fans here that they were able to see some track action this afternoon after the rain this morning and a big thank you to everyone for sticking with us. Hopefully the weather will improve tomorrow!"

Red Bull
Mark Webber:
"We tried to do as much as we could in 90 minutes; we put both compounds on and did different fuel loads as well, so it was quite a demanding session for the team. In the end we got what we could out of it. I think that both Seb and I ran different compounds and got the information we need for the race. Today we did a snapshot of work for tomorrow, but mostly the focus was for Sunday. I think the race will be quite tight, to be honest I don't think there's anyone charging away."

Sebastian Vettel: "I think overall we can be pretty happy, it was a good day. Obviously it was important to get some laps in the dry as we expect dry conditions on Sunday. Now we need to have a look at what we can improve, have a look what the others did and then we'll know a little bit more for tomorrow. Today we tried to do both short and long runs. For FP3 tomorrow, we need to decide if we go for short runs, to prepare for qualifying, or long runs trying to look more at the race set up."

Force India
Paul di Resta:
"After such a wet morning it was nice to get a run in the dry this afternoon. It was pretty productive and the car is working well so hopefully we can carry the speed into tomorrow. We didn't run very much this morning, but with dry conditions expected for the weekend I think we've learned as much as anyone. The focus tonight is to keep improving because there's still some more speed in the car. We also need to remember that it's likely to be quite a lot hotter tomorrow so it's hard to predict how that will impact on things."

Adrian Sutil: "We looked quite good today. There are areas to improve, especially the performance on the medium tyres, but the car is working well on the hard compound. I'm happy with the balance so the main thing we need to work on is going through the tyre data because I don't think we need to change too much on the car set-up."

Toro Rosso
Daniel Ricciardo:
"I decided to do quite a few laps in the rain this morning, as I felt the track was safe enough and you can always learn something in those tricky conditions and I think it pleased the fans as well! This afternoon, we were pretty good in the dry, getting a good run on the hard compound and improved further on the medium. However, I had hoped our long run would be better, so we definitely have more work to do overnight, but generally a positive day."

Jean-Eric Vergne: "This afternoon, as soon as I left the garage, I could tell the car felt very good. It was easy to push and my lap times were good. That doesn't mean we're going to relax, far from it and we will be working hard tonight to look at all the data to see how we can improve. I feel we have a chance here to do well over the rest of the weekend. Coming to this track which is so different to the last two ones we have raced on, I would say today's performance has been a pleasant surprise."

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