Fri: Ferrari, Sauber, FIndia, Williams

Friday 22-November-2013 17:47

There were top ten times in Friday's wet practice at the Brazilian GP for Felipee Massa and Nico Hulkenberg while Fernando Alonso just missed out...

Felipe Massa: "Today was a difficult day, complicated by the rain in both the morning and afternoon. With the track wet throughout, we chose to do not much running and what we did was on Intermediates. That way we managed to save the sets of Extreme Wets, in expectation of very variable weather over the weekend. It's hard to establish how the weekend will go, because even if we weren't quick today in the rain, it's too early to say what conditions will best suit our car. It will definitely be important to use the tyres well and to get confident with the track. For me, this is a very special weekend, my last race with Ferrari on my home track. I am racing here with an all-red helmet and a fantastic race suit, given me as a sign of affection by my team, with whom I hope to end the season in the best way possible."

Fernando Alonso: "It's always hard to get much running when it rains here, as the level of water on track is never consistent and can affect lap times by two to three seconds. Each time you go off the racing line you then have to try and understand the track conditions at that precise moment, because there are no absolute values. But given that the forecast for the weekend is similar to today's, we can say that, even if it was short, it was a good practice. Qualifying and the race will be very complicated from the strategy point of view and, on that front this evening we will have to come up with a good plan. To do well here, you also need a bit of luck, because in conditions like this, being in the right place at the right time is always a help."

Nico Hulkenberg: "It was a strange Friday. It's difficult because we don't know how the weather is going to be over the rest of the weekend. If it is wet, as it was today, then the running we did was useful. But if it's dry then we don't have much experience. In terms of the running, I'm not too happy with the car today. I think we have quite a bit of work to do regarding the balance in the wet, on both intermediate and full wet tyres. There is room for improvement and I hope we can find some gains in that direction."

Esteban Gutierrez: "Obviously it was a very wet Friday, which made it difficult to follow the programme we had planned. However, it was useful to gain experience in the wet. In the morning we ran on the intermediate tyres, while in the afternoon we ran on the full wet tyre compound, so we were able to get a comparison there. Tomorrow we just need to be ready for anything, as we are not sure how the weather will be. We simply need to find the right compromise on the set-up, because it doesn't look like it's going to rain on Sunday. Today the balance of the car improved from the morning to the afternoon. It's my first time driving here, but it was strange because I felt like I already knew the track from choosing it so often on my PlayStation when I was younger. It was a bit slippery today, but I feel comfortable."

Force India:
Paul di Resta: "After missing the morning session I did my best to get up to speed quickly with the wet track. The balance on the intermediates is not too bad and I think we know the areas we need to improve tonight. So it looks like we are in reasonable shape and the car appears to be working better in the wet conditions compared with earlier in the season. I didn't get the opportunity to complete the ideal lap this afternoon so I think there is more time to come from the car tomorrow."

Adrian Sutil: "We tried a lot this morning and I was one of the cars to do the most laps. We ran through some different options with the set-up to try and improve our performance in the wet. I spent most of the morning on the intermediate tyres and stayed on the same set for the afternoon to make sure I have some new sets available for qualifying and the race. After such a busy morning we didn't run so much this afternoon and my performance was compromised by using the old tyres. So I think it's fair to say that my laptime in FP2 is not that representative. The most important thing was to understand how the tyres work in the wet."

Pastor Maldonado: "It was a limited day today because of the weather and the tyre restrictions. The driving conditions were difficult with a lot of aquaplaning on a track that is normally fast. I think we understand the tyres more so that is a positive and hopefully we can capitalise on that for tomorrow."

Valtteri Bottas: "Net conditions throughout both practice sessions disrupted our running today but we still managed to try different tyre pressures and temperatures to gain some more information. We have a lot of work to do get the tyres in the optimum window, especially if it's going to be wet this weekend. We will sit down and analyse the data to work out the best set-up for tomorrow."

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