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3 Valtteri Bottas

Fri: FIndia, Lotus, Williams, Sauber

Friday 12th October 2012

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Fri: FIndia, Lotus, Williams, Sauber

Fri: FIndia, Lotus, Williams, Sauber

There were top ten times in Friday's Korean GP practice for Nico Hulkenberg and Kimi Raikkonen while Romain Grosjean narrowly mised out...

Force India:
Nico Hulkenberg: "I'm feeling pretty happy with today. I didn't drive here last year so I spent the first few laps getting to grips with the circuit again and finding my rhythm. We did our programme, completed all the tests and have all the tyre data to look at tonight. Balance-wise I'm feeling pretty comfortable in the car so we're in a good position and ready for tomorrow."

Paul di Resta: "It's always difficult to judge too much from a Friday, but we got through our various programmes and got the data we needed for short and long runs. The long run pace looks quite competitive, but I don't think my short run pace was representative because both my runs were compromised by traffic and I didn't get a clean lap. I think we've got a reasonable idea of where we are, but there's a lot of work to be done between now and final practice."

Lotus F1:
Kimi Raikkonen: "The circuit is okay; it's surprisingly bumpy in some parts but it's quite different from other places we race. It's difficult for me to say about the exhaust until I've sat down with the engineers and gone through the data. We'll try to improve the car for tomorrow as it wasn't very easy to drive and get a good lap today. Let's see if we can get it completely right and maybe we can be in the top five in qualifying."

Romain Grosjean: "It's not been the easiest day. I think we still have some work to do with the car to get the best out of the tyres so tomorrow morning will be important. The track is interesting but it's not been so hard to learn. The trickiest part is definitely Turns 11 & 12 which are not easy to get exactly right but overall it's not too bad. On the positive side we've had a good amount of time learning the circuit and gathered a lot of data, so hopefully we can analyse things overnight and see an improved performance by the time we get to qualifying."

Williams:
Bruno Senna: "It was a productive day for me. Missing the first session wasn't ideal because I'm not so familiar with this track and my experience here in the last two years has been hampered by rain. But in the end I think we got a good idea of the direction we need to go to improve. It's going to be very tough, we can see that in low fuel situations some cars are faster than others, so we need to improve on that, but I'm confident that we can start the race further up the grid."

Pastor Maldonado: "It was a difficult day today which means we have a lot of work to do before qualifying. The track is quite challenging anyway, but we had some problems in the car this afternoon which we now need to analyse to make sure we can resolve them before tomorrow."

Sauber:
Kamui Kobayashi: "We completed a huge programme with my car today but I'm not really happy yet. On high fuel it doesn't look bad actually but on low fuel I'm struggling a lot. We have to find out how we can improve and I think we will find solutions."

Sergio Perez: "For me the first session went quite well but then in the second session I lost a lot of track time because of a technical problem. I just had no engine power anymore and had to stop on the track. That was why I could not complete my programme and haven't done any long runs on either tyre compound yet so it is too early to say what we can do here. Nevertheless I am very confident for the remainder of the weekend."

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