There were top ten times in Friday's Italian GP practices for both McLaren drivers while Paul di Resta narrowly missed out...
Jenson Button: "It's always fun to drive around such a fast circuit. You don't really feel the speed, it's more about getting used to the extremely low downforce set-up that we run around here. Early on in FP1, my DRS stuck open - we use a completely different DRS system for Monza because it's a low-downforce circuit. The mechanism stuck open in the shroud - which was a mistake - but it was quickly fixed by the guys in the garage. Despite that problem, FP1 was actually better for us than FP2, when we weren't quite as competitive. Nevertheless, there's a little bit more pace in the car that I hope we'll be able to extract - so it would be nice to get through to Q3. We changed quite a bit between the sessions today, and we think we know what works and what doesn't. It was a positive day in terms of understanding the car, actually. There are a lot of cars only narrowly ahead of us - it's extremely close out there. So we're going to work as hard as we can overnight. Having said that, we know that the race will be more important than qualifying."
Sergio Perez: "We managed to complete a very positive programme during both of today's sessions. In fact, we got through everything on our job-list today, which is a real positive. As always at Monza, we tried varying levels of downforce - that's an important thing to get right here - but it's a very difficult decision to make around here. Clearly, we need to make the right call for Sunday. In fact, as Jenson says, I don't really feel that qualifying tomorrow will be quite as important as it usually is; the key for us will be to engineer ourselves a good set-up, with a good strategy, for Sunday. So, in actual fact, we'll spend more time thinking about Sunday, and not so much looking at tomorrow. I'm not even too focused on getting into Q3, because I know our main aim will be about how we manage everything on Sunday."
Paul di Resta: "The car seems to be relatively well balanced, but we've not been able to break into the top ten yet. So we need to work away tonight to try and improve things a bit more. Making Q3 tomorrow is the big target, which is definitely achievable. The field looks quite spread out here, certainly compared to some other races, but we seem to be close to McLaren. The tyres are performing in line with our predictions and we've got plenty of data to go through tonight."
Adrian Sutil: "Monza is an unusual track so it's been quite a challenge to get on top of the car today. There's certainly a lot to look at tonight because we need to improve the car under braking and make it easier to drive as I'm lacking overall grip at the moment. For the tyres we have the data we need and the long run performance looked okay."
Esteban Gutierrez: "It was a very productive Friday, without any issues on the car. We were trying to find the right balance and set-up of the car in the morning. In the afternoon, we made a decision, which wasn't the best. Overall it looked positive and we have very good data to analyse so we can make the right decision about the set-up of the car tomorrow."
Nico Hulkenberg: "It was quite a challenging day. This morning was compromised a bit by a gearbox issue, which we were able to solve before the afternoon session. When doing the long runs I felt more comfortable in the car than with low fuel. We definitely have some room for improvement there. We have to look into the data and analyse what happened, because I think we can be more competitive. Otherwise, as usual, we were learning about the tyres and the set-up."
Pastor Maldonado: "We completed all the plans we had today. There is a lot to look at as we are close to the limit so it's hard to find a few more tenths of a second. It is quite difficult to put a lap together as there is some inconsistency in how the car behaves through different corners, but we will see where we are tomorrow as the track is changing a lot. We weren't able to improve our time too much this afternoon so we need to work harder to make sure we are better tomorrow."
Valtteri Bottas: "It wasn't an easy day today. We had some inconsistencies in the aerodynamics during FP1 and then in FP2 we were missing quite a lot of straightline speed on my option tyre run. We need to look at why that happened as that is why the time doesn't look so good on the board. The positive thing today was the long run as we were competitive compared to Toro Rosso and Sauber and I think we can really challenge them in the race this weekend."
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