Fri: McLaren, STR, Lotus, Force India

Friday 6th June 2014

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Fri: McLaren, STR, Lotus, Force India

Fri: McLaren, STR, Lotus, Force India

There were top ten times in Friday's practice for the Canadian Grand Prix for both McLaren drivers, Jean-Eric Vergne and Romain Grosjean...

McLaren:
Kevin Magnussen: "Obviously, this is my first time at this circuit, and I really enjoyed driving it - it's a really good track. It has a really nice series of corners and braking zones - for a relatively low-speed circuit, it's really cool. The car feels good, which is positive, and hopefully I'll be able to look after the tyres during the race. If it continues to get hotter over the weekend, then tyre overheating will become more of an issue, particularly on the Option tyre. It'll be the same for everyone though, so we'll just manage it as best as we can. I have a good team behind me and I think we've prepared for this weekend really well. So far, it looks as if we'll be fighting towards the top of the mid-pack; if we can stay there, we should be satisfied with our weekend."

Jenson Button: "In theory, this circuit should quite suit us: our car's pretty good in a straight line, there aren't many high-speed corners, and we've got the softest selection of tyres, so we should be okay. This morning's long-runs looked quite respectable, but we made some set-up changes for the second session, which weren't so bad when we were running low-fuel, but weren't quite so effective when we switched to running higher fuel-loads. On my long-run, I also hammered the Supersoft tyre while running a high fuel-load - just to see what would happen. I anticipated that there might be graining - and there was. The Supersoft compound is a tyre that definitely requires you to look after the rears more than the fronts. Nevertheless, we gathered a lot of useful data, and that will inform the processes and decisions we make - not only about how to balance the car, but also about the inputs that'll be needed from the drivers to manage the tyres during the race. It's been a pretty useful day."

Toro Rosso:
Jean-Eric Vergne: "Despite the little issue that we had this morning, which cut my session short, we managed to still achieve a good test programme today. As for the car performance, I'm not 100 percent happy because, even though it looked quite promising in the morning, we lost some speed in the afternoon. On the positive side, the long run pace was not too bad and we know in which areas we have to work to improve for FP3 and Qualifying, so I remain pretty confident for tomorrow."

Daniil Kvyat: "We had some problems with the car today that limited my track time. That's not ideal as I have never driven here before, but thanks to a useful simulator session last week, I found myself quite confident with the track straight away and felt able to attack the kerbs and the corners. It's a very interesting circuit, very different to anything else we have raced on so far. Apart from the problem, the car felt good, so I am still confident and feel we can aim high for tomorrow."

Lotus F1:
Romain Grosjean: "We've made good progress with the car since Monaco and the team has made improvements in the areas where we struggled there so that has been a real bonus today. We knew we would struggle on the straights here so we're doing everything we can to make up for that. It looks like we should be able to find some more speed after looking through the data and the weather's due to be hotter so we'll be pushing hard to get into the top ten for qualifying tomorrow."

Pastor Maldonado: "We had a couple of small issues today but we still got a good number of laps completed so we know where we can improve. It's a short lap here so the lap times are very close; I was just two tenths off Romain in the afternoon but that meant 15th rather than 11th on the monitors. We know what we want from the car and what we want to achieve tomorrow in qualifying."

Force India:
Nico Hulkenberg: "We've had a pretty good day of practice, although there is obviously more work to be done. The car feels very driveable around the circuit, but I feel there is more to come from it, especially on the super-soft tyres. Our target is to squeeze out a bit more performance overnight. The whole field is very competitive and close here and finding the perfect balance will be crucial. It's about getting all the pieces of the puzzle together and having a clean lap in qualifying."

Sergio Perez: "It was quite a normal day of practice. Trying some different settings and aero parts this morning, and then looking at the soft and super-soft tyres in the afternoon. It went to plan, apart from a small problem at the end of the day, which is why we had to finish our session a little earlier than expected. The positive thing, however, is that we have good information to improve our performance tomorrow. We have a fair bit of work to do tonight to get in the best shape possible for tomorrow's qualifying and obviously for the race on Sunday."

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