Thur: McLaren, FIndia, Sauber, Williams

Thursday 23-May-2013 14:32

Jenson Button and Paul di Resta made it inside the top ten in Thursday's practice in Monaco while Adrian Sutil narrowly missed out...

Jenson Button: "We struggled in the morning when the circuit was still fairly 'green' - we couldn't get any temperatures into the tyres, but I think that affected everybody, not just us. Our pace on a long run looks surprisingly good, although we're not quite there with our qualifying pace yet. Still, I feel happier with the car here than I have the past few weekends. There are some areas in which we've struggled before that now seem a little bit better, and that's obviously positive. We may not be setting amazing times out there, but I'm happy that we're heading in the right direction. And hopefully we can improve on Saturday from where we are today."

Sergio Perez: "We tried a lot of things during today's practice sessions. Not everything worked; some of the things we tried made it difficult for me to feel confident with the car, especially through the faster corners. So we'll come back on those changes before Saturday's practice. Still, we had no nasty surprises either, which was positive. I'm hopeful we can make it into Q3. I actually think Saturday will be the most important day of the weekend - everyone will be trying to save tyres so as to have as few stops as possible in the race. It's likely to be a slow race with low degradation, so we need to give it our all on Saturday."

Force India:
Paul di Resta: "A good day's work, although there's always lots to talk about after two sessions around Monaco. There are some improvements we can make to improve the balance, especially with the race in mind, and that's something we will work on tonight and tomorrow. The tyre programme went well and we got as much data as we could, which is always the main focus for a Friday so I think we're in good shape. My general feeling with the car is good and the work we've done today has taken us in the right direction."

Adrian Sutil: "It's always a pleasure to come back to Monaco and drive a Formula One car at the limit - and for me it is two years since I last drove here. It did not take me long to find my rhythm again and things went pretty well. We made some progress between the two sessions and I'm feeling comfortable with the car. We know what the plan is for tomorrow and where we can improve to be ready for Saturday."

Nico Hulkenberg: "It was a good day, and we were able to work through the programme without any issues. The balance of the car improved during FP2, and we know the track will improve and get faster throughout the weekend. We collected a lot of data, and there is still room for improvement."

Esteban Gutierrez: "It was a positive day in many aspects. In the first practice session, I focused on finding confidence in the car. It was quite tricky, because it's a very narrow and bumpy track, and in the beginning, it's very difficult to read the car. But this is something we were able to improve in the second session. It was important to have the reference between the two cars. It's evident the gap to the front is quite big, and we need to find more speed in qualifying. Nevertheless I definitely enjoyed today, and we will keep pushing for the limit."

Pastor Maldonado: "This is one of my favourite circuits on the Formula One calendar. It's always great to drive here. The practice session today was productive and we feel we have made some progress. The set-up in the two sessions was slightly different and it felt like things were slightly better in FP1. We will analyse everything tonight and tomorrow and choose the best configuration for the weekend ahead."

Valtteri Bottas: "The track here in Monaco is very challenging, but brilliant to drive. I was learning more and more with every lap and I feel like I'm really getting up to speed in my first time driving here. We have a lot of data from today that we will look at in order to find the correct balance for the car; hopefully we can look at everything and make a step forward for Saturday's qualifying session."

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