Sebastian Vettel set the pace in Friday's practice for the Japanese GP, finishing ahead of Mark Webber and Nico Rosberg...
Sebastian Vettel: "The car balance is decent, but I think we can still improve. Looking after the tyres will be important here, especially during the race. The car works fine at the moment, but we need to make sure we set it up the right way. It's good to see we are up there today, but it's not always so important; we need to step up our game for tomorrow, as Mercedes will be strong in qualifying."
Mark Webber: "On one lap, it looks pretty tight with the Mercedes and with the Lotus', but I haven't had a close look at the times: it doesn't look too bad. We've done a lot of laps today and will now work on tomorrow. The track is a special one and in terms of difficulty, it's right up there. We have to be very accurate and if you're not, then you get penalised. We have to find performance tonight, it's our job to make improvements each day and we have a job to do tonight to find some more tenths."
Nico Rosberg: "The track here at Suzuka is such great fun to drive and our car was feeling fantastic around it today. We were quite fast over one lap and on the long runs but the important thing is how we manage the tyres as that will be the key to success here. There's a lot of work ahead of us but I'm really looking forward to the rest of the weekend and I hope we can annoy the Red Bulls a little bit."
Lewis Hamilton: "This track is so beautiful to drive, it's fast and flowing, and our car really does feel good here. But it's also a very unforgiving and challenging circuit; you're always on the limit so the trick is to balance and control that limit. I'm happy with where our car is after the first practice sessions today although, of course, we would love to be more competitive. We've got some work to do this evening on the tyre management in particular. It's too early to think about what we can achieve but I'm looking forward to a competitive qualifying tomorrow and then we will have to see what we can do in the race."
Kimi Raikkonen: "The car felt pretty good today. Of course, there are some areas we can improve but I'm quite happy with the progress we made. I spun in FP2 so we did miss some of the long run laps we would have got this afternoon. I was on a fast run and the wind changed, which can affect the car sometimes. At least we didn't do any damage so the crew won't have any extra work. It's not a big drama as we know the track pretty well. We have a few changes for tomorrow so let's see what happens."
Romain Grosjean: "Finding the right balance to get the car working well around here is quite tricky and the tyres are not making that any easier, so we've got some work to do overnight to make it a little easier to handle. There's definitely some more performance to be found, and it's always better to be near the top of the times even if you've not got things quite right, so we'll see what we can do tomorrow."
Daniel Ricciardo: "I've been hoping to have a Friday like this one for a while now even if, of course, it's the Saturday and Sunday that's important. So I am glad that I was tenth in the morning and seventh this afternoon, which is a good sign for us. It's a complicated circuit and I love it. Today, we made progress with each change we made on the car, keeping each modification and then moving further forward. On my long run on Option, it started quite well until I ran into traffic, but in general the pace wasn't looking too bad - definitely a positive Friday for us.":
Jean-Eric Vergne: "It was a troublefree Friday and we worked to our usual programme, working on the car set-up and balance. I have to say I am not yet happy with it, mainly having some difficulty with understeer. However, it was an encouraging day. I did long runs on both tyres and although I didn't get a clear picture from the Prime, the Option was good."
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