Abu Dhabi

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

Fri: Red Bull, Lotus, Ferrari, STR

Friday 23rd August 2013

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Fri: Red Bull, Lotus, Ferrari, STR

Fri: Red Bull, Lotus, Ferrari, STR

Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber set the pace in Friday's practice, beating Romain Grosjean and Felipe Massa...

Red Bull:
Sebastian Vettel: "We don't know what happened when I got the puncture in P2. We lost the rear right, very suddenly, so we need to have a look - Pirelli is working on finding out why it happened. Other than that, it was a positive day. This morning was tricky with a few rain drops and the track was slippery; it's a lot colder here than Hungary, but that's Spa and part of this circuit. This afternoon, we had stable conditions and both of us seemed happy with what we had."

Mark Webber: "It's always tricky here to get the right set up for the whole lap, so we took the opportunity today to try some different ones. We'll go through it tonight. We had a pretty good run today but there's still some performance to find and we need to get the car a bit better balanced in certain conditions. Overall we got good information and it was good to have stable conditions this afternoon."

Lotus F1:
Romain Grosjean: "It has been a busy day. We had planned to focus on evaluating our Device this morning, but with the changing atmospheric conditions we weren't able to 100 per cent complete all the tests so with more rain forecast we decided to take it off for the afternoon to concentrate on a more normal programme with long runs. It wasn't that easy as we found it quite hard to make the tyres work the way we would like them to which meant that in the car the feeling might not have been so good, but timing-wise it was actually okay. The car felt pretty good and we'll work on this baseline to continue to improve. We'll wait to see what the weather will have in store for us."

Kimi Raikkonen: "I feel fine here today and the car was okay. It could have been a bit better, but it wasn't a disaster either so for sure we can improve a bit more for tomorrow. The weather wasn't great this morning and it's certainly better for us when it's dry. We had a little problem with the front wheel in the first session which meant we didn't run as much as we wanted to. The afternoon was pretty normal. For sure it looks like it will be a difficult weekend to beat Red Bull but that's what we must try to do if we want to catch them in the championship."

Ferrari:
Felipe Massa: "Today, the changeable weather had a big effect on the way free practice was run, with minimal running in the first session. But if we want to look at things in terms of a glass half full, then at least the few laps we managed in the morning were important, to give us an idea of the behaviour of the car in the wet, which is always useful here in Spa. In the afternoon, in the dry, we managed to get through our programme, testing some new parts and both types of Pirelli tyre. The outcome of the race simulation tells us that we have what we need to be on the pace and we will definitely do all we can to fight with the leaders of the classification".

Fernando Alonso: "This was a good day, even if in the morning we, and in fact everyone, lost time because of the rain and so in the afternoon we found ourselves facing double the workload. Before drawing any conclusions, we need to wait for the analysis of the data acquired this afternoon from both cars. Felipe and I tried different aero configurations, with more and less downforce, which will be the real key to this race, along with the weather.

"In terms of today's times, we have got closer to the favourites, but I'm not sure which weather forecast I would prefer. It's true that in the rain, the cards on the table can be shuffled up, but in the wet there are as many chances to benefit as there are to lose. It will be important to have a good understanding of how the tyres are behaving in the dry, as well as finding out what happened to the Caterham, to Vettel and also to me on my in-lap. I don't think it's a similar problem to what we saw in Silverstone, maybe more of a random set of circumstances, but all the same, it needs careful analysis".

Toro Rosso:
Jean-Eric Vergne: "It's really nice to be racing again after the break, especially at this fantastic track. Friday went very smoothly for us. The morning conditions were not ideal, as it was too wet for dry tyres and too dry for the rain tyres, but we still learnt something which could be useful later in the weekend, even if the tyres never got up to temperature. Then, we had a good FP2, with the car showing excellent pace over a single lap. The long run was a bit more difficult, but all the same, I feel we have a good car this weekend, whether we run in the dry or the wet. Probably one of the best first days I've had: there were no problems and the car seems to be working well."

Daniel Ricciardo: "Conditions this morning were the ones no one really likes, with part of the track dry and part wet. We ran on Intermediates, but the dry bits of the circuit meant the tyres got a bit chewed up. In the afternoon, we split the workload between the two cars. We tried a direction on my car that we believed would work, but unfortunately it didn't. However, the good news is that Jev seemed to be on the pace, so we can look at his data and get a useful compromise for both cars. I'm not happy to be down the bottom of the timesheet, but it's not a reason to be discouraged, because I feel we can deliver tomorrow and aim to get both cars well up the grid."

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