Fri: McLaren, STR, Force India, Williams

Friday 25-October-2013 11:07

There were top ten times in Friday's practice for the Indian GP for both McLaren drivers while Daniel Ricciardo missed out in 11th place...

Sergio Perez: "This is a great circuit, with long, fast corners and the longest straight of the season. After today's practice sessions, I'm feeling quite optimistic for the weekend - I'm happy with the balance and I'm looking forward to tomorrow. Nevertheless, we had some issues with the balance of the car during today's session. The Prime tyre is definitely working better for us than the Option, but we didn't really run it with an optimised car set-up, so I'm not too worried. Still, we definitely need to analyse the Option tyre's performance tonight to see how we can improve it. The most important thing is to have good tyres for the race. Overall, I think we're in the same position that we've been in for the last three or four races - so our objective tomorrow will be to have a strong qualifying session and to make it into Q3."

Jenson Button: "We tried a number of different set-ups this morning - but I think our baseline was in the wrong place, so they didn't particularly work around this type of circuit. So we reverted to more of a traditional set-up for the afternoon, and we developed the car over the course of the day, so we're now getting there, despite the setbacks of the morning. In a way that's positive, because it meant that we'd already been getting the best out of the car for the whole year. The tyres will be very interesting this weekend - the Prime tyre seems to last forever, while the Option tyre doesn't! There's a very big difference between the two tyre compounds so I think we'll see some very interesting strategies this weekend."

Toro Rosso:
Daniel Ricciardo: "This morning went okay, even if we were lacking a bit of speed, but we did make progress over the 90 minutes. This enabled us to get closer to the top ten in the afternoon, but there is still a bit of work to do. The tyres come under a lot strain here and everyone seemed to be suffering a bit with graining. Unfortunately, my second session ended a little bit early, as I slid wide at the chicane and as I went over the kerb, it damaged the car and I had to stop. It means I was unable to do a long run test, but I hope we can find time for one tomorrow morning. I still feel the potential is there for me to be in Q3 tomorrow."

Jean-Eric Vergne: "This was a mixed Friday, quite good in the morning, worse in the afternoon. In the first session, I had the right feeling from the car and my times were good. But this afternoon, I lost one second a lap, for reasons that we really don't understand just yet, so getting to the bottom of this situation is our first priority this evening. The tyre situation looks interesting, as I could see plenty of other cars showing signs of tyre graining. I had it too, so this definitely means we can expect a different and maybe more exciting sort of race than we saw last year here."

Force India:
Adrian Sutil: "It has been quite a positive day with a more consistent car than in the previous few races. We made small adjustments, rather than big ones, and I think that was a sensible approach because the balance of the car felt quite good. There's still some room to improve, but I think we have some reasonable pace for tomorrow. We still need to tweak the car a little bit more tonight, but hopefully the work we've done today will allow us to be close to Q3 tomorrow. The main thing is that I'm feeling comfortable in the car."

Paul di Resta: "I think it was a reasonable day. Although I missed FP1, I slowly but surely got the car to a position where I was feeling comfortable. We now need to make some decisions tonight to ensure we take the best way forward with the race in mind. In terms of our performance level, the car seems to be slightly more competitive than we were in Suzuka, which is encouraging."

Valtteri Bottas: "We went through our planned programme in both the morning and afternoon sessions here in India. We tried a lot of different things in terms of aero and mechanical set-up, so we need to assess the data tonight to see what worked best. The driving from my side felt good and I managed to adjust to the track quite quickly. It's a great track and very fun to drive, so I enjoyed the day today. We'll see where we are compared to the others tomorrow and try to do our best."

Pastor Maldonado: "We had a good first session this morning completing all planned runs. FP2 was also quite good as we were working on the car, trying to help the balance and improve the speed. We are not expecting things to be much different to the previous few races. In the race simulation laps, the front-right felt a bit loose, so I stopped the car. The team will now investigate this issue further."

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