There were top ten times in FP2 in Australia for Valtteri Bottas and Nico Hulkenberg while Jean-Eric Vergne narrowly missed out...
Valtteri Bottas: "It was a good day for us today. We had no big issues with the car during the two sessions, so the team has done a great job in putting the car together as it has been fully stripped and analysed since the last test. We managed to finish our programme, completing different tests on the set-up for both short and long runs, so we have collected a lot of good data. We managed to improve the balance of the car from FP1 to FP2 and whilst it's performing well, there is still work we can do to improve the car's performance for qualifying tomorrow."
Felipe Massa: " It was good to get a strong number of laps on the track today and a chance to understand how the car is behaving at this particular circuit. The car didn't show any problems which is very positive as reliability will be important this weekend. There is a lot for us to work on tonight to improve the set-up of the car, but on the whole this has been a positive day for us and we head in to the weekend happy with how things have gone so far."
Nico Hulkenberg: "I'm feeling quite happy because it was a smooth day with lots to learn. I had a little moment at the end of FP2 when I put a wheel on the grass under braking, but the conditions were difficult because the sun was so low in the sky. Otherwise the day went well in terms of reliability and we look quite competitive so far. It feels like both tyre compounds are working well, but there is still room for improvement with the balance, which is where we will concentrate this evening."
Sergio Perez: "It's been a successful day in terms of the work we've done and I think we can feel confident about the rest of the weekend. There are some areas where we need to improve, but the most important thing is that we managed to collect some good information. I'm happy with the general balance of the car so we have moved in the right direction with the set-up. My long run was not ideal because of the traffic, but we have enough information to make our decisions."
Jean-Eric Vergne: "It was a really good day today without any problems in either session. Considering how hard the winter testing was for us, I am really pleased about how we have started this weekend. Everyone in the team worked very hard in the past weeks and we never lost our focus. The result is that we have made real progress since the last Bahrain test. But it's only Friday, so we need to work hard tonight, looking at all the data that we managed to collect today."
Daniil Kvyat: "This was for sure a solid start to my first Grand Prix weekend. We didn't focus too much on performance but we managed to get quite a lot of laps done, which was really important. I wasn't too sure what to expect from the tyres, especially from the Soft. But we collected a lot of information and we definitely have a better overall picture. There's plenty to discuss with the engineers tonight. Hopefully we can put it all together and be strong for the remainder of the weekend."
Adrian Sutil: "It was a difficult day. However, the afternoon was better than the morning. Unfortunately we couldn't do much in FP1, because a lot of things are not quite the way we want them to be at the moment. I think the tyres are too hard, as it's a very conservative approach, but I have to deal with that. We have to gain speed and improve our processes. We need to make sure all the simple things that were standard last season are in place and perfect."
Esteban Gutierrez: "Today was not ideal. We had a problem with the gearbox in the morning, but we were able to fix it for the afternoon. The team did a good job putting the gearbox together. In the afternoon we went out pretty late and lost time. However, we managed to do the basic programme which we had planned. But we need to use today's information in order to keep improving. We are definitely missing a lot of speed and our pace is not where we want it to be. Regarding braking, the track is very bumpy and so it is quite hard and unpredictable in that area. Generally, we haven't had time to work on the set up of the car yet, but, considering what we had today, we need to keep working for FP3 and get ready for qualifying tomorrow."
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