Lewis Hamilton set the pace in Friday's practice for the Spanish Grand Prix, edging ahead of Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo...
Lewis Hamilton: "It's been a great day today and I'm happy to be back in the car after what feels like quite a long break. I can feel the positive step forward that we've made with the car so a big thank you to everyone back at our factories for all of their hard work since China. Our two practice sessions today went very smoothly, in fact I've not had such a good Friday for a very long time! Barcelona is a difficult circuit in terms of the tyres so our running was all about trying to see how long the tyres would last and we were able to make some positive changes with that during P2 this afternoon. It's very difficult to overtake here so we will do everything we can to qualify as high as possible tomorrow, but really it is all about the race and looking after those tyres is the most important thing. Just finally, it's great to see so many fans here today enjoying the action in this beautiful weather."
Nico Rosberg: "The team have done a great job during the short break that we have had since China. We have brought some new upgrade parts here to Barcelona this weekend and they are working quite well on the car. It looks like we are very quick again, however personally I didn't feel very comfortable in the car today, especially as I had limited running in P1. We still have a lot of work to do tonight and I will be working closely with my engineers to find my perfect set-up for the weekend."
Daniel Ricciardo: "It's nice not to have gone backwards during the short break and I think we have shown improvement; we want to close the gap to Mercedes but they don't seem to be showing any signs of slowing down! It's not great that Seb wasn't running, two cars means twice the amount of feedback for the team and you don't learn so much from one when you are trying new parts - but at least we got some good data. The short runs and long runs were both okay today."
Sebastian Vettel: "We had a simple failure in one of the looms this morning, which caused a short and meant the car stopped. We had to change the chassis loom, which is a big job so I wasn't able to go out this afternoon. It's a small failure, but a big consequence; there was nothing new on that part of the car, it was something new that happened in that area. Luckily it happened today (rather than tomorrow), but unfortunately we lost the chance to prepare for Sunday with two cars, so I have to rely on what Daniel did today and get into the rhythm straight away tomorrow."
Fernando Alonso: "There wasn't much grip on track t Fernando Alonso: oday and in general, we struggled a bit more, which was down to a series of factors, including the track being less rubbered-in than usual. On top of that, we have less aerodynamic downforce than in the past and also in my opinion, the tyre choice here is too conservative for this track. Now we face a lot of work to try and optimise the balance of the car and get the most out of it, even if the circumstances are not that favourable to us. We must be cleverer than the others in terms of making the changes we need and adapting to them in time for qualifying."
Kimi Raikkonen: "We had a particularly busy time on track today, trying to do as many laps as possible to complete the planned programme over the two free practice sessions. In the morning, we tried various set-ups, alternating between two different rear wings, while in the second session, we concentrated on preparing for qualifying and the race and on analysing the behaviour of the two compounds Pirelli has brought here. This evening, we will carefully analyse all the data gathered, to decide which direction to go in."
Kevin Magnussen: "I like this circuit, and the car feels better here than it did in Shanghai, so hopefully we can have a better weekend. I think our upgrades are working - they're not going to completely change the world, but they're a small step in the right direction and we need to keep taking those small steps. If we get everything right this weekend, I think we can be fighting well in the midfield pack. That's obviously still not where we want to be, but it would represent a step forward from China. So I think we can be slightly encouraged by the improvements we've made. Anything that moves us forward is good."
Jenson Button: "In this afternoon's warmer temperatures, it was harder for us to get the car working properly. When you're limited on downforce, the car seems to operate properly within a very narrow temperature range. This morning, I think we looked quicker than we actually were. We're now trying to work on the balance to improve our long-run pace a little more - and I think we can make the car a bit stronger for tomorrow. There are a few upgrades on the car for this weekend that seem to have helped the balance, so hopefully they'll help us compete in the tight midfield group in which we find ourselves. A good result here would be for us to get everything out of our package - but it's still too early to say where that would put us."
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