Abu Dhabi

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Abu Dhabi GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Felipe Massa
3 Valtteri Bottas

Fri: Ferrari, Merc, Lotus, Red Bull

Friday 7th June 2013

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Fri: Ferrari, Merc, Lotus, Red Bull

Fri: Ferrari, Merc, Lotus, Red Bull

Fernando Alonso set the pace in Friday's practice in Montreal, beating Lewis Hamilton and Romain Grosjean...

Ferrari:
Fernando Alonso: "It was an untypical Friday, affected by the extremely changeable weather. We didn't manage to complete our programme because the track was wet in the morning and so only tomorrow will we find out if the updates we tested here produce a real performance evolution. It was very important that we try them just as it was also important to try the new Pirelli tyres. Felipe and I made different choices for the long runs and this is another reason why we will have to wait for the outcome of qualifying to understand more. The only certainty is that we must ensure we make the right decisions, because today we saw how getting a clean lap depends a lot on the time you make the decision and what track conditions are like at that moment. We can expect a very complicated weekend, because the weather is due to remain changeable right up to Sunday and judging the grip level will be difficult, both in qualifying and in the race."

Felipe Massa: "Today, it was a case of working for just half a day, because in the morning, the rain meant we could only do a small number of laps. Therefore, the bulk of the work, given over to evaluating the tyres and new parts brought for this race, had all to be squeezed into the afternoon session. Now we will have a busy time analysing all the data we gathered to try and understand which of the updates could be used in the next couple of days. If it does not rain tomorrow, then the track conditions will be completely different and that means we must be ready to tackle whatever situation could arise."

Mercedes:
Lewis Hamilton: "Today has gone pretty well for us and I'm pleased that it dried out this afternoon so we could get some decent running in. The track is definitely not at its full potential yet but we were able to start analysing the tyres over longer runs and work on getting them up to speed for the first lap. The car felt pretty good today and I tried a couple of different things over the two sessions which made me feel a little more comfortable so that's positive. Hopefully it will be dry for qualifying tomorrow and we can have a strong day."

Nico Rosberg: "The first session was interesting and we learned a lot when the track was drying out. This afternoon, we wanted to learn how the new development tyre works: I had some problems warning up the fronts and also flat-spotted them on my run. All in all, it was a decent day, although I need to see how the long-run pace compared to the others. The track was very cool today and pretty challenging, but I felt very comfortable in both conditions. So hopefully this will be a good weekend for us again."

Lotus F1:
Romain Grosjean: "It was more or less a normal Friday for us. This morning was obviously a wet session so we worked on setup for those conditions, then in the afternoon we tested the prototype tyres and completed some long runs. It's quite hard to get the tyres switched on in these conditions as the surface here is very smooth, so with low temperatures it's a bit more tricky to build up the energy in the rubber; more so with the mediums but even with the super softs. It's meant to be quite warm on Sunday which is always a good thing for us, so we'll try to get the maximum from the car in qualifying tomorrow and go from there."

Kimi Raikkonen: "We improved the car through the day and by the end of the session it was ok; not ideal but certainly not a disaster either. It wasn't easy to get the tyres up to temperature today, but it's pretty cold at the circuit so that's not too much of a surprise. If we can get the tyres working better it will be an improvement for sure, but it's not going to change the world. We'll be looking at how to get them a bit warmer for qualifying tomorrow and then see what the weather does. After that, we'll do the best we can."

Red Bull:
Mark Webber: "Today was pretty good. It's a tricky circuit, especially when it's a bit green and there's not much rubber on track. The first session was wet, but we got some information on all of the tyres at the end there in FP2. The new tyre compound was ok, it wasn't expected to be hugely different, but it ran well. It would have been nice to do some more work on it, we got five laps - but it's better than nothing. We seemed pretty strong in both conditions today."

Sebastian Vettel: "It was tricky this morning with the wet weather, but fortunately in the afternoon we had some dry conditions. It was quite slippery, with low grip at the end. The dominating factor was the weather today and we're not sure what's going to tomorrow, but we're happy with where we are."

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