Fri: McLaren, STR, Force India, Sauber

Friday 20th June 2014

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Fri: McLaren, STR, Force India, Sauber

Fri: McLaren, STR, Force India, Sauber

There were top ten times in Friday's practice for the Austrian GP for Jenson Button, Kevin Magnussen and Jean-Eric Vergne...

McLaren:
Jenson Button: "For us, it was a relatively productive day. We're still struggling with graining on the Supersoft tyre, as we did in Canada, but the Prime seemed good on both our short- and long-runs. Our aim will be to make progress and, at tracks that are less suited to our package, to not drop too much ground to the teams ahead of us. Eventually, it would be nice to be able to challenge the teams ahead of us in the constructors' fight. There will probably be a couple of talking points in the drivers' briefing tonight. The pit entry at Turn Eight is tricky; I tried to go round the outside of someone who was pitting, but I just went straight on because I was on the marbles. So that might need a little look. Additionally, the exit of Turn Eight needs looking at - it's seemingly quicker to run with all four wheels off the track, but it's a bit more dangerous because you run out of asphalt and have to get back on the track before it grasses over. Still, today was fun. It's always nice to go to a high-speed track like this - we don't have too many of them left any more - it's very relaxed, it's old-school, a good mix. We love the glamour of Monaco and the city races like Montreal and Singapore, but it's nice to have these old-school tracks, too."

Kevin Magnussen: "This is a really cool track, with some nice corners and interesting changes in gradient. This is exactly the kind of place I like: fast corners and big braking zones. And, to be honest, our car didn't feel too bad through the high-speed stuff - there are still a few things we need to look at ahead of tomorrow's running, but it's been a positive day. We still need to look more closely at the results of today's aero tests - and we'll have a clearer idea of where we are by tomorrow - but the car felt good, so I'm positive. Turn Eight is a bit tricky - [to enter the pits] you have to stay right before the corner, which requires you to be slower at the apex, so we might have to have a look at that during the drivers' briefing tonight."

Toro Rosso:
Jean-Eric Vergne: "I think it was a positive Friday and I'm happy with my car. We brought many new parts and updates here in Austria, which means we had a lot to test and understand today. I have to say that the situation looks good. We have to put all the data together overnight but I believe we have a good potential for improvement for FP3 and particularly for qualifying tomorrow."

Daniil Kvyat: "I really enjoyed driving this track today, it's definitely among my favourites on the calendar, with heavy braking points, some fast and medium speed corners which are good fun. As for today's sessions, I was hoping for a better pace here but on the positive side I'm sure there is still a big margin of improvement. We have gone through a good programme today, so I'm confident we can have a strong remaining weekend."

Force India:
Sergio Perez: "It was a good day. We followed our programme and managed to learn a lot about the way both tyre compounds behave over long runs. The track is very challenging and it doesn't offer many overtaking opportunities, so grid position will be crucial for a successful weekend. There are still good margins of improvement we can extract: getting everything out of the car and doing the necessary changes to use the tyres in the best way will be our main objectives for tonight."

Nico Hulkenberg: "It's a fun track. Quite a short lap, but it flows nicely. It looks easier on paper because in reality it's quite challenging and technical in many areas. The morning session was very solid; I was happy with the car straight away and the performance was there. For some reason we struggled more this afternoon on both tyre compounds and I was not as comfortable in the car: so that is where we need to analyse things tonight. One explanation could be the wind, which picked up this afternoon, but we will look deep into the data to make sure we improve things for tomorrow."

Sauber:
Esteban Gutierrez: "We had a good day. We used the time on track efficiently as we managed to get through our programme. From that point of view the sessions went well. Although, we still need to work more on the consistency of our lap times. The driveability of the car is also a factor, which is quite important during the long runs. This is our priority at the moment."

Adrian Sutil: "I was able to go through the second free practice without any incidents. In the morning I lost quite a lot of time on track due to a technical problem. However, I am satisfied with our programme today. As the track is very slippery, the car is unstable and, therefore, difficult to drive. With the expected higher temperatures tomorrow, I should have a better feeling as the grip level on track will be higher."

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