Fri: Merc, Red Bull, Ferrari, Williams

Friday 6th June 2014

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Fri: Merc, Red Bull, Ferrari, Williams

Fri: Merc, Red Bull, Ferrari, Williams

Lewis Hamilton finished Friday's practices in Montreal at the top of the timesheets, edging team-mate Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel...

Mercedes:
Lewis Hamilton: "It felt pretty good out there today but we've still got improvements to make and there is more to come

from the set-up and balance tomorrow. This is quite a technical circuit which is all about the kerbs and apexes; you have to have a car that reacts well to the bumps. You're always trying to find the limit so we're not quite where we want to be yet. The Ferraris looked quite close today and the rest of the field seemed closer in general but hopefully not too close! It's very hard to overtake here so pole position is important. Nico looked very quick today as well so I have my work cut out for sure. We'll find out everyone's pace in qualifying tomorrow afternoon so let's wait and see what happens."

Nico Rosberg: "That was a great day and I felt very comfortable in my Silver Arrow. This morning, we worked on some different things with the brakes which didn't quite work out so we had to change that this afternoon. It was much better for the second session so I'm quite happy now with that. But I'm still a tenth off the quickest time so I'll work hard with our engineers tonight to find that extra pace. It's a unique track here and it's very difficult to hit the kerbs just right. It was also great to see so many spectators here already today and I'm looking forward to the rest of the weekend."

Red Bull:
Sebastian Vettel: "It was a bit of a shame to lose some laps; we had something with the gearbox, but fortunately we got it checked and went out again. It meant that we were maybe a bit off the rhythm compared to some of the others, but it seemed to be alright and we still got some good laps completed. I think there's still a lot if improvement we can do, the Mercedes is very quick, but it was okay as a start to the weekend."

Daniel Ricciardo: "The driving was good today, but looking at the time sheets we've got some work to do! We got some good references to go by and we need to put some work in tonight - I enjoy driving around here and there are a lot of fans in the grandstands. It seems that we're close to some of the other teams, so we've just got to extract as much from the cars as we can over the weekend."

Ferrari:
Kimi Raikkonen: "Like every Friday, today's programme centred on looking at different set-ups in the first session and a race simulation with both compounds in the second one. This morning, because of a problem on my car, I was unable to run as much as planned and that's never a good thing, because getting in plenty of laps is very important. Thanks to speedy work from the team, in the afternoon, we managed to make up for the run lost in the morning and even if it's too early to make predictions, overall, it didn't go badly and by the end of the day my feeling with the car had improved. I am still not 100% happy with the handling of the F14 T, but I am sure that an analysis of the data we gathered will point us in the right direction for qualifying and the race."

Fernando Alonso: "I am reasonably pleased with the day's testing as we got through a lot of work without encountering any particular problems. We tried some new components and now we must concentrate on getting a good understanding of how they are working. As always on a Friday, we must analyse all the data we have gathered to try and be as well prepared as possible for tomorrow's qualifying, also taking into account the fact that tyre behaviour is very similar to what we saw in Monaco. Certainly, the Supersofts are not like they were in the past and in a race, they last for many laps. For that reason I think there won't be any problems either in qualifying or the first stint of the race."

Williams:
Felipe Massa: " It was a good Friday. Unfortunately I lost some laps this morning, but in the afternoon we were able to run a lot to understand the set-up, the tyres and the long runs. I was happy with the balance today. I hope we can have a very competitive car on this track and I hope we can fight with Red Bull and Ferrari, which is never easy."

Valtteri Bottas: "It was more or less what we expected. We got some good results from the changes we made from the last race, so it was nice to see some progress. It seems like everyone is still struggling with tyre warm-up with the prime, but the option felt a lot better. I still think we can improve our overall performance from today. I didn't have the perfect lap yet with the supersoft, so I think there's a little bit more to come."

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