Fri: Sauber, Caterham, Marussia

Friday 10-May-2013 14:46

Sauber were the third slowest team in Friday's practice in Spain, joining Caterhams and Marussia at the bottom of the timesheets...

Nico Hulkenberg: "The day was ok. Unfortunately we could not run our aero programme as planned due to the rain in the first session this morning, but you can't change the weather and the situation was the same for everyone. We were able to work through the whole programme during the second free practice without any problems. The new rear wing is an improvement. However, if it's enough of an improvement to catch up to our competition I can't say yet."

Esteban Gutierrez: "We were able to work through the whole programme today. The stability of the car has improved, which gives me more confidence to push during the long runs. We were able to analyse the new parts we brought to Barcelona. The team is doing a good job and we are pushing to be able to close the gap to our competition. It's hard to judge where we stand at the moment, but I think qualifying tomorrow will show where we are at compared to the rest of the field."

Caterham:Giedo van der Garde: "With Friday morning's weather we didn't get as many laps done as we'd like in P1, but I was still happy with how the car felt with the new parts on it. We didn't have KERS for the session which obviously knocks off about 3/10ths a lap, but we were focusing on testing the new parts so even though the times were ok it was more important to gather as much data as possible. In the afternoon session we carried on with evaluation of the update package and we definitely made more progress. The car had good balance on the medium tyres, both on short and long runs, and I think we showed quite good pace on that compound and on the hards but we need to work on the car's behaviour on the entry into corners. Against that is the fact that the car has much better traction out of the corners and that's a really positive sign. Now we have the normal late Friday ahead of us and we'll be focusing on improving the setup generally so we can attack quali as hard as possible, and put us in good shape for the race on Sunday."

Charles Pic: "Having sat out FP1 I was looking forward to trying out the new parts in P2. On the first couple of runs the car had too much understeer in the low and medium speed corners so we made a couple of mechanical adjustments and the balance started to improve on runs three and four. Tyre degradation was also not too bad on either compound, but we have more work to do on bringing the tyres up to temperature so we can get them working efficiently as soon as possible. We'll look at that tonight, and how we can optimise the setup with the range of new parts we have here to improve the overall balance as we have quite a lot of time to come from that, and then we'll aim to pick up where we finished in Bahrain."

Jules Bianchi: "It's good to be back at Barcelona. It feels like only yesterday when I made my debut for the Marussia F1 Team in testing here, but so much has happened since then and I have learned a lot. The car feels quite different to when I last drove here and the improvements we have made are clear to see, which is good. The developments we have brought here seem to be working well so far. It was a big step to make going straight from the prototype to the option, which made it very difficult to get the most from the tyre. Extracting the most from the new components will take a little more time but once again we seem to have followed a good path and I hope we can be where we want to be this weekend."

Max Chilton: "A short day for me having sat out FP1 this morning with Rodolfo in the car, which makes for a rapid learning curve in the afternoon. It's a shame I didn't get the best out of the Medium tyre because of traffic and we still have some work to do to try to optimise the new components, but we have a good basis to build on overnight to better prepare us for qualifying."

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