Fri: Force India, Marussia, Caterham

Friday 04-July-2014 15:43

Force India failed to make any inroads in Friday's practice for the British GP, joining Marussia and Caterham at the back of the field...

Force India:
Sergio Perez: "It was quite a challenging day for us and we are a bit shy of where we would have wanted to be. We struggled with balance in both sessions and this meant we couldn't extract all the pace from the car. We knew this was going to be a hard track for us due to its layout and tonight we will need to review the set-up to find the extra couple of tenths that can get us back in the group where we belong. We have a pretty clear idea of what we need to do overnight and if we can achieve that, we should be looking much better tomorrow."

Nico Hulkenberg: "Just the one session for me today and it was very windy out on track. That made things more difficult, although we know it's a common situation here at Silverstone. It was quite a normal session for me, but we need to analyse the situation better tonight to make the right conclusions for tomorrow. It's the usual challenge of understanding the tyres and improving the balance to put ourselves in a better position."

Jules Bianchi: "It has not been a very smooth start to our weekend for me, with problems this morning and this afternoon. Despite the issues we have experienced, and the resulting loss of track time, I am very pleased that we did end the day by making it out at the end of the FP2 session and with very little set-up work we seem to have got to a good starting place with the car. There is a lot that we need to do to improve for the rest of the weekend, but we have some good data from Max's track time. We will have a busy FP3 tomorrow to prepare for qualifying but also confirming a set-up direction. The track has been quite windy today and this has unsettled many of the cars, plus we need to understand how the tyres are working here. We will keep pushing."

Max Chilton: "We got a lot of running today, which is positive, because we lost time on the other side of the garage. There are still things we know we can improve on, so we'll be making maximum use of the data we gathered to try to understand how we can gain more lap time. It's great to be back here in front of my home crowd, who have been incredibly supportive as usual. It's only Friday so I know the atmosphere is only going to get better over the next two days and that's a great boost for myself and the Team."

Kamui Kobayashi: "Having sat out FP1 it was important to get as many laps done in FP2 as possible and having done that with 31 laps I think we made some good progress in the session. Overall the balance wasn't too bad at the start of FP2 - the car was quite snappy and there was too much understeer, especially in the high speed corners, but by the end of the session it was improving. We did a couple of runs on the hard tyres, then onto the mediums for our first assessment of the softer compound and it was a definite improvement, both on the short and long runs, so that's quite positive for the rest of the weekend."

Marcus Ericsson: "FP1 went ok. We started with the usual installation lap and the first thing that was clear was just how low the grip levels were, even for an install. That continued on the baseline run where the front tyres were really struggling to come up to temperature - overall the car balance was ok, but for run two we worked more on generating higher initial tyre temps which meant we could start looking in more detail at setup options. My second run was a bit better but on the final lap I span around turns 12 / 13 and couldn't get the car back out of the gravel. That cost us quite a bit of time but as soon as we had the car back it was turned around quickly and we were back out for a final couple of laps. In the afternoon we started with a car that felt like we'd maybe gone the wrong way on setup so we made a few changes at the end of the first run and it was definitely better for the second run. We then went onto the mediums and they were working pretty well - the grip levels were much better and the tyres came up to temperature more quickly, but then on the third run I had a mechanical issue which meant I lost power and had to pull over in the old pits. We'll need to make a proper assessment of what happened and to go through all the data tonight and then aim to keep improving tomorrow ahead of quali and the race."

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