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Fri: Merc, Ferrari, Red Bull, Williams

Friday 4th July 2014

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Fri: Merc, Ferrari, Red Bull, Williams

Fri: Merc, Ferrari, Red Bull, Williams

Lewis Hamilton led a Mercedes 1-2 in Friday's practice for the British GP with the team-mates edging Fernando Alonso and Daniel Ricciardo...

Mercedes:
Lewis Hamilton: "The car felt pretty good here today but unfortunately I lost my most important run of the day this afternoon when I stopped out on track with an engine problem. We haven't identified what the issue was yet but it shouldn't impact the rest of my weekend. We will change my programme around tomorrow morning to try and recover the time that I lost and make sure that I can complete my race preparation with a long run. It's not ideal but we'll recover! Apart from that, Silverstone has been great so far. The atmosphere is incredible and the support is just amazing; I love seeing so many fans here enjoying themselves"

Nico Rosberg: "That was a very productive day and the car felt really great so I'm feeling quite confident for the weekend. We seem to be very quick here and my long run at the end of the afternoon was very good. The conditions were quite tricky out with a lot of tail wind which made it really difficult to find the right braking point at some of the corners. It's not good news for us that Lewis had some reliability issues and I hope we can sort this out for the weekend. Finally, it's great to be back at Silverstone. There are so many fans already and also many of the team Brackley and Brixworth are here. I hope we can give them a great show."

Ferrari:
Fernando Alonso: "This Friday was much like any other and we followed our programme, testing some components and working on set-up in the morning, while evaluating both tyre compounds in the afternoon, looking at the medium with both qualifying and the race in mind. There were no problems with wear or graining on the softer compound, while in order to correctly evaluate the hard, we will have to wait for a long run test. For now, I can say it's hard to get them up to temperature. Now, as usual, we must analyse everything to understand which components to use tomorrow, although if as predicted, it rains tomorrow, then in reality the data we got today will be more useful for the race. Here, there's always a strong wind and in some corners it's a help, while in others it's a hindrance, but it's the same for everyone. Now, all we can do is wait and see how things turn out."

Kimi Raikkonen: "This morning in the first session things went reasonably well. We followed the standard programme, including analysing car behaviour on the hard tyres and we just had a few problems with traction at some points on the track and a bit of understeer in the high speed corners. In the second session, we made some small changes which did not work and the handling of the car was not the same. Putting a good lap together was really difficult and so we went back to the morning settings, but unfortunately we had the same problems. Now we must find out what happened between the two sessions, even if I think it's partly down to the track conditions and the gusts of wind, which were very strong today. I'm sure that studying the data will give us the information we need to prepare as well as possible for tomorrow."

Red Bull:
Daniel Ricciardo: "Today hasn't been too bad. Mercedes were really strong this morning but we seem to have found some more speed this afternoon. With the Prime, it was really good but with the Option we didn't find enough time so, if we analyse tonight and get it right, then tomorrow we should be closer. The wind here is always really strong and today in particular we had really strong gusts coming through and it changes a lot between the corners, you know one corner you feel like the car is really sharp and then another corner you feel like it doesn't have any grip at all. So that's a bit complicated, but same for everyone and it makes it a little bit more interesting."

Sebastian Vettel: "I think it was interesting today, obviously we're not sure what the weather will do tomorrow and Sunday, but I think we learned a little bit today and will take that into the weekend. Overall I think it was OK but we can still improve from where we are. Ferrari was pretty quick as well today, obviously the first row is taken, or seems to be, but behind that I think it was fairly close. It was quite windy which didn't make life easy out there, so I think it was decent, but I want to improve."

Williams:
Valtteri Bottas: "FP2 was ok from our side; it was quite a good session. The main thing was the set-up work. We were fine tuning the set-up and managed to improve it quite a bit during the session. There's still a lot of work to do tomorrow, in these windy conditions it's not easy to set up the car. Anything we can do to improve it is going to be a big help because qualifying is going to be close tomorrow."

Felipe Massa: "This morning wasn't the best as I put a wheel on the artificial grass and that was it, the session was over. As a result I lost some time in FP2 and we struggled with the balance but we made some progress. Tomorrow should be a better day but we are behind on our run plan. I have to say a big thank you to the team as they worked very hard to get the car ready for the second session. We have a lot to do to get the set-up right for tomorrow and the weather may not help us either."

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