There were top ten times in Friday's Japanese GP practice for Felipe Massa, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso...
Felipe Massa: "Today, we did all we could and manag Felipe Massa ed to get through all our programme. It's hard to know how to rate today because it's only Friday and there are a lot of cars that are very competitive. From tomorrow, I hope to have a faster car, which will allow us to fight with those ahead of us. We will definitely do our best in preparing for qualifying, but above all for Sunday's race. It's always nice to be at Suzuka on this fantastic track, which is one of the best we race on."
Fernando Alonso: "It's hard to talk about Maria de Fernando Alonso Villota right now, as I had only just taken my helmet off, when I was told about her death and at the moment, I still can't believe it and need a while to stop and think about it. Of course, it's very sad news for the world of motorsport as Maria was loved by everyone. Now, all we can do is pray for her and for her family. Back to the track, we were not as competitive as we wanted to be and now we must try and improve, putting together a series of changes that we already have in mind. Luckily, when I spun I didn't ruin the tyres: we also managed to use them on the long run with a full fuel load, even if we definitely lost a few extra tenths from the first lap. We hope to get a clean lap tomorrow and to be ahead of those cars, such as the Toro Rossos and the McLarens that we cannot have in front of us, as happened today".
Jenson Button: "It's great to be out on the circuit. Throughout the day, we saw a lot of drivers making mistakes, but that's the nature of this place - it's unforgiving. Obviously, we don't like to see accidents like Checo's, but you appreciate that you have to respect this place.
"It's been a relatively good Friday. We found a good balance on the Prime tyre, but still need to do some work with the Option, because we didn't gain too much going from the harder tyre to the softer one.
"Nevertheless, while both compounds are working reasonably well, I believe there's a cooler weather front coming in for tomorrow, so we need to be careful about the direction we take with the set-up to best cope with it.
"Today's news about Maria de Villota is horrendous and tragic. She had been through so much - much more than most people will ever have to go through in their lives - and it's been so tough for her. This is a real shock to the whole Formula 1 'family' and the world of motorsport. My thoughts are with her family at this time."
Sergio Perez: "My accident during FP3 was my error. I was setting the car up for the entry to Spoon, put my right-rear wheel onto the grass, and just lost the back end. At the speed I was travelling, and with relatively little run-off, there wasn't much room to scrub off speed so I went straight into the wall.
"The impact was quite hard, but fortunately I'm fine.
"The accident meant we didn't get the track time we needed for the high-fuel and Option tyre runs in our programme for the afternoon. But we'll be able to use some of the data generated by Jenson, and our aim for tomorrow has to be to get into Q3.
"I only heard the very bad news about Maria de Villota at the end of the session. It's incredibly sad to learn this news about somebody you know. My thoughts are obviously with Maria and her family during this terrible time."
Esteban Gutierrez: "It was an interesting day. It's a challenge to get to know the track, but it delivered everything I expected it would. It's a special circuit, with very nice and fast corners and I enjoy driving here a lot. In the morning I focused on learning the track. It's a complicated track to learn and to find the right lines. In turns eight and nine especially, there is no margin for mistake, otherwise you kiss the wall. The afternoon was a lot better. We worked on the set up and it went well. We still have a bit of work to do, but I was able to get a good idea and will do everything to translate that into a good result tomorrow."
Nico Hulkenberg: "It was a smooth Friday. The weather was fine, and it wasn't raining as was expected. Everything was going according to plan and we were able to go through our programme. We tested different set-ups and compared rear wings, now we need to look at the data to determine which one is better. Otherwise it was business as usual understanding the different tyre compounds, with the option looking better on the long runs. Tomorrow Q3 will be the target. It's a challenge and looks to be tight, but, considering how we went today, I think there is still room for us to improve."
Paul di Resta: "The car was quite difficult to drive today, but we've worked hard to try and optimise the balance. After each run, we changed some things and I think we've learned a lot as a result. The long run consistency seems reasonable, but we need to make sure that we can deliver the performance with both the medium and the hard compound."
Adrian Sutil: "I always enjoy this circuit, but today the car was not so easy to drive. I was suffering with understeer this morning and oversteer in the afternoon, and it's hard to find the balance I feel comfortable with. We need to try and solve those issues tonight to give me confidence going into qualifying."
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