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1 Daniel Ricciardo
2 Nico Rosberg
3 Valtteri Bottas

Fri: FIndia, McLaren, STR, Williams

Friday 7th June 2013

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Fri: FIndia, McLaren, STR, Williams

Fri: FIndia, McLaren, STR, Williams

There were top ten times in Montreal for Adrian Sutil, Jenson Button and Daniel Ricciardo...

Force India:
Adrian Sutil: "We had lots of different track conditions today, but the car was quick in both sessions. The wet morning gave us a chance to improve our performance on the intermediates and the car felt good. In the dry this afternoon the main issue was warming up the front tyres, especially the medium tyres. On the supersofts there was much better grip and the long runs seemed quite competitive so it feels as though we are at our usual level here. Tonight we just need to work on making the car more consistent."

Paul di Resta: "We were quite cautious with the wet weather this morning and we only fitted the dry tyres for the last few minutes of the session. Before that I had a good run on the intermediates and felt happy with the performance - probably the most comfortable I've felt on the intermediates this year. So overall we didn't look too bad in the damp conditions. The afternoon was a case of getting through the dry tyre programme and trying to find the right car balance. Unfortunately things were cut short with the electrical issue, so I didn't do the long runs we had planned for the final part of the session."

McLaren:
Jenson Button: "I think we're a little nearer to the front than we've been in the past - the times are very close - but it'll be the usual front-running cars who set the pace this weekend. We needed everything to be reliable today, but I only managed three laps on my high-fuel run before I had a problem with the gearbox. That was a pity because it meant we didn't get the long-run information we were after. In fact, we had a similar issue last year, when I also had a gearbox problem on the Friday. In 2012, I had a difficult race with rear graining. Nonetheless, the positive from today is that each car was running a very different set-up, so at least we gathered lots of good information. We'll go away and study that tonight ahead of tomorrow's sessions. I'm hoping the conditions will stay mixed for tomorrow - if they do, I think we'll be able to make the best of it."

Sergio Perez: "We encountered some very tricky conditions out there today. This morning's session, when it started damp and slowly dried, was particularly difficult. The rain that fell during this afternoon's long-run didn't help, either. We're still lacking overall performance to the frontrunners; but anything can happen here, especially in the conditions we saw today, which were extremely varied. If tomorrow is as wet as today, everyone will go into Sunday without any proper long-running under their belts - that could make the race a big surprise for everybody."

Toro Rosso:
Daniel Ricciardo: "In the wet this morning, we didn't look too bad, even if you always feel you could be quicker. We seemed to be where we should in the mid field and I was pleased with the way the car went straight out of the box, so that's always good when you don't have the feeling you are going to need to create a whole new race car to be on the pace. In the dry in the afternoon, after my first couple of runs on the prototype and the Prime, I felt we could get more out of the car, so we made a fairly big change which I think worked in our favour. I was quite pleased with my Option run but we still have some work to do, as there is more to come. Overall, a good Friday, a good start to the weekend."

Jean-Eric Vergne: "The morning session was useful in terms of learning how the extremes and intermediates behave, as we might have more wet weather in the next two days. The car responded well in the wet. In the afternoon, we did the usual Friday job of evaluating tyres and so on. I was not so happy with the way my car was behaving, so we need to look at the data now and fix it. We seem to be roughly where we should be, so as long as we can make progress tomorrow, we can have a good weekend."

Williams:
Pastor Maldonado: "The conditions were tough this morning. There was a dry line towards the end of FP1 but on cold tyres I put a wheel off-line and I crashed. This afternoon was better as we completed our full programme, however, we still need to work to get a better feeling in the car and we need to focus on getting the tyres working quicker. Despite the changeable conditions we managed to get a lot of data today which we can assess ahead of tomorrow's qualifying."

Valtteri Bottas: "The first session was quite tricky for everyone and difficult to test anything even as the track was drying out towards the end. This afternoon was good for us though as we did a number of both short and long runs gathering a lot of data. Nevertheless it's difficult to see where we are from today's sessions. It's the first time I've driven here in Montreal and it was good to get the mileage in and I certainly enjoy the layout. Overall I'm feeling positive after today, but we still need to look through the data before we decide which parts and set-up options to run for the rest of the weekend."

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