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Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Felipe Massa
3 Valtteri Bottas

Fri: Lotus, Williams, Merc, Sauber

Friday 5th October 2012

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Fri: Lotus, Williams, Merc, Sauber

Fri: Lotus, Williams, Merc, Sauber

There were top ten times in practice for the Japanese GP for Romain Grosjean, Bruno Senna and Michael Schumacher...

Lotus F1:
Romain Grosjean: "Not a bad day overall. The car felt much better in the afternoon than it did this morning ; we're still not quite where we want to be but the team has been working hard and hopefully we'll make a similar step forward tomorrow. Suzuka is not an easy track on the car ; the demands on the tyres are really high but the car felt consistent with both compounds which is a big positive. It's hard to say if P6 is the kind of position we'll be in qualifying ; there are definitely still a few tenths we can find so let's see what happens tomorrow."

Kimi Raikkonen: "We didn't get much running because of the issue with the KERS, but at least it happened today and we got it fixed. It wasn't ideal for helping us find the best setup but there's nothing you can do about these things. Suzuka is not the easiest place to get the car set up, but we still have tomorrow's practice before qualifying. I think we have the potential to be nearer the front than we have done in the last couple of races."

Williams:
Bruno Senna: "It was an interesting day as we learnt a lot of things about the testing we've been doing. Missing the morning session was difficult as we were fine tuning the car set-up to suit my driving style, but we had a clean session completing plenty of laps and so overall it was good experience."

Pastor Maldonado: "We completed our programme today but we still have a lot of work to do. The car is looking consistent and our longer run pace was good. We still need to find some more performance ahead of qualifying so we'll now work through all the data we have gathered."

Mercedes:
Michael Schumacher: "We had two quite eventful sessions today, with a lot of work on the cars and my off in the afternoon. I had to go to the Medical Centre which was a precaution from the FIA but I am 100 per cent okay. I think I was already concentrating too much on the corner ahead of me and therefore had a wheel on the dirt and went off. Overall, we had not been able to collect as much data as we would have wanted, as we had a lot of breaks working on adjustments to the cars, and we will also have to improve the balance. Obviously, with these temperatures the tyres will be a limiting factor, too. We will now certainly have to work a lot off the track, in front of the computers, and try to find the best approach for tomorrow."

Nico Rosberg: "We had a tricky day. At the end of the first practice session, the oil pressure sensor told me the system was low on pressure so I switched off the engine. It was coming to the end of its life, so we changed it during lunch to avoid any risks, but it cost some running time this afternoon. We are still not where we want to be in terms of performance and we will have to learn some lessons overnight, in order to make sure we have our tyre management under control."

Sauber:
Sergio Perez: "It has been a good first day in terms of getting all the work done. But we have to improve our speed and I think we can do this. I also ran wide on my fastest lap, so I know there is more to come and we will be in a better shape tomorrow."

Kamui Kobayashi: "It is a fantastic feeling to drive here in Suzuka again after one year. It is such a great circuit, and every single lap is exciting. We have a couple of updates to the car and today's job is to fully understand how the new parts work. The lap times seem to be pretty close here, which means it is too early to judge on the performance, but I feel we can improve the balance and the set up."

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