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Fri: McLaren, Red Bull, Ferrari, Merc

Friday 25-November-2011 17:55

Lewis Hamilton set the pace in Brazil on Friday, edging ahead of Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso...

McLaren:
Lewis Hamilton: "The car felt really good today- on both high and low fuel. And degradation on the new Option tyre seems pretty acceptable; I was still doing decent times at the end of my run. I think there's still a bit more to come, but we're looking strong for the rest of the weekend. I also felt quite comfortable with the set-up changes we made going into this afternoon's session, and our long runs seem to be pretty competitive too. You never know what the Red Bulls are doing, but I'm comfortable that we're there or thereabouts. On other subjects, for Brazil this weekend I wanted to create and wear a special helmet utilising Ayrton Senna's design - I asked Ayrton's sister, Viviane, if I could use it, and she said yes. It's my helmet design on the front and Ayrton's on the back. I used the green lining that Ayrton used on his helmet too - I had to order that especially. It's a very special edition, it's a real honour to be able to wear it, and hopefully we'll raise some money for the Senna Foundation too."

Jenson Button: "The two tyre compounds we're using this weekend are closer to each other than we'd expected. The Prime is working well, and I think we understand where we are with it, but I'm struggling a little with the Option. I couldn't quite get a balance on either low-fuel or long-run - it just wasn't really working with my set-up. Happily, we know some of the reasons for that - we just didn't have time to try those solutions today. But we've made the soft tyre work all year, so I'm confident we'll get it right tomorrow. Still, it's forecast to be wet on Sunday. Having said that, you never quite know what the weather will do around here, so it would be a bit of a risk to run a full wet set-up. I don't think there will be too many people at the front setting their cars up for the wet, for that reason. The DRS zone is along a very short straight, so I think we're going to struggle to overtake there; but we've still got the main straight, which is probably the best place to pass."

Red Bull:
Sebastian Vettel: "I think we were able to improve the car throughout today, but we definitely need to make another step. It was hot today and the circuit was slippery, although rain is forecast for the next two days, so I think the conditions will change. We're all here to win and it would be great to finish with a good race, but it's a long weekend ahead and a lot of things can happen. It's a challenging track and we all like coming here, it's a good grand prix."

Mark Webber: "The track is hot, not super hot in terms of ambient conditions, but the track is very warm and it's humid too. It's also pretty windy, so it wasn't the easiest day to get the car dialled in and balanced, but clearly it was the same for everybody. I think we had a pretty good day; there are lots of sets of compounds to go through, as it might be the last time we get to run in the dry as there's potentially some wet weather coming - but we had a good day."

Ferrari:
Fernando Alonso: "It was not an easy day, because we have still not managed to find the right balance on the car. Therefore, we must wait and see if and by how much we manage to improve its handling and therefore, how competitive we can be in tomorrow afternoon's qualifying session. In particular, I am not happy with the rear end of the car. The engine? These things happen and it did not cost me much time, less than I lost on Friday in India. We will have to wait for the engine to arrive in Maranello, where it will be opened up and the engineers will be able to get a better idea of what the nature of the problem was. This won't cause any problems for qualifying and the race, when we will fit another one. Honestly, at least looking at what we saw today, I think that in the dry we are a bit less competitive than usual: I don't think I can fight with the Red Bulls and McLarens and, on top of that, one of the Mercedes is very quick. However, there's a very high chance of rain, so anything could happen. If I could choose today, I would opt for a wet race because, in normal conditions, we can only expect a fifth place in qualifying and to fight for a podium place in the race."

Felipe Massa: "I am very happy to be racing here in my country, Brazil. I am also pleased this is the last race in a season that has been far from inspiring: if I had to mark myself out of ten, I think I would waver around the five mark. From Monday, we will be able to concentrate totally on 2012: we must improve in all areas, but above all on the aerodynamic front, which in the current Formula 1 is the design element of the car that has the biggest effect. However, we must not overlook every detail, because it can be the little things that lead to a perfect car. Today, the lap times were slower compared to last year's: maybe the tyres Pirelli have brought here are harder than the Bridgestones and also the temperatures are higher. We tried a lot of different settings and now we must put it all together to try and be as well prepared as possible for qualifying and especially for the race. The rain? We must be ready to tackle any situation. We don't have anything new, but I really hope we can do a good job and end the season on a high note. A podium would be fantastic and that would give me even more motivation for next season."

Mercedes GP:
Michael Schumacher: "We had quite a good day here in Interlagos and were able to work through our schedule consistently, even if the track was pretty slippery. The lap times are traditionally very tight here so let's see what we can do in qualifying tomorrow. For the rest of the weekend, the weather forecast is for rain, so maybe we will see some surprises as we reach the end of the season."

Nico Rosberg: "The conditions out there were quite difficult today as the track was a bit slippery. However our times were quite good and not too far away from the top cars. We learned a lot on high and low fuel levels during the sessions. As the weather forecast is rain, it's difficult to make a prediction for tomorrow. Maybe if it rains, it will be a bit easier to surprise the top teams."

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