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Fri: Sauber, Marussia, Caterham

Friday 06-June-2014 20:39

Sauber joined Marussia and Caterham at the bottom of the timesheets in Friday's practice for the Canadian Grand Prix...

Sauber:
Adrian Sutil: "This morning was quite good. It's really fun to drive on this track! Obviously the surface has very little grip. In addition there are numerous chicanes, but overall the car was quite good to drive. The main challenge in the morning was to get the tyres to work. In the afternoon this was a bit easier. We tried different downforce levels. We still have to sort out some issues with the aerodynamics. Apart from that, there were no big surprises. We are where we are, and we have to make the best of it. The car is still not exactly where we want it to be, which is where it works the best, so we have some work left to do for tomorrow."

Esteban Gutierrez: "It's been a tough day. We had some technical problems this morning, which is not ideal because we lost valuable track time. This afternoon we managed to solve the issues we had in the morning, but I'm still not completely happy with the car's overall handling. But we have good information in order to put everything together for tomorrow, which is pretty important so that I can feel confident with the car and drive it to the limit. The whole driveability into the corners is quite tricky, and the car is snappy, which is obviously not ideal on a track that is quite slippery. In addition, it's important to have a stable car when you want to drive on the kerbs."

Marussia:
Max Chilton: "'m pleased with where I've ended the day on the timesheet. I think we got quite a lot of the car today and in particular I had a very positive FP2. We got a good long run with the car in which we seemed to be quite competitive, so hopefully we can maintain this progress into tomorrow."

Jules Bianchi: "It has been a tough day today, which is a difficult start off the back of our last weekend's performance. At least we have some data to work with to try to prepare for tomorrow but FP3 will be a little bit like heading into the dark. Still, we have turned things around before and I am confident that we can still have a good weekend."

Caterham:
Kamui Kobayashi: "Tyre temperatures, braking issues and grip dominated FP2 for me. On both tyre compounds I was struggling to bring the tyres up to temperature efficiently which certainly cost me laptime, and that also contributed to the low levels of grip I had for the whole session. There's definitely more time to come from the whole package here. Our final time isn't a true picture of where we really are pace-wise, so we have to continue working as hard as possible tonight to give ourselves a chance to fight tomorrow. We'll do just that and I'm sure we'll make progress in FP3 and quali."

Marcus Ericsson: ""33 laps in FP1 meant we could work through a lot of the program and even thought at first there was very little grip, by the end of the session we were starting to find a balance that was working ok. The track was very green for the first couple of runs and the car was sliding around a lot and I was having problems optimising the braking - it was like driving on ice, but we made a few setup changes and those, combined with the rubber going down throughout the session, meant that the grip levels had improved by the end of the first session. We made quite a few changes over lunch to improve the balance but on the first run of FP2 it didn't feel like a positive step so for run two we went back to a similar setup to that we'd had before lunch. However, after 13 laps and on my second run I lost transmission and had to pull over. That was the end of the session which is obviously not ideal but with 33 laps this morning and another 13 in FP2 it's not been too bad a day. I'm sure we'll make progress overnight and be back pushing on tomorrow."

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