Fri: Ferrari, Marussia, Caterham, HRT

Date published: July 20 2012

In a session were laps times were determined by when a driver was out on track, Ferrari were the fourth slowest team in Friday’s practice…

In a session were laps times were determined by when a driver was out on track, Ferrari were the fourth slowest team in Friday’s practice…

Ferrari:
Felipe Massa: “As happened in Silverstone, here in Hockenheim the rain also made life difficult. This morning,the conditions were changing quickly and it was hard to get a run of clean laps which were useful enough to evaluate the performance of the new components we brought here. In the afternoon, we did not even get a chance to do a single lap with dry tyres, so we concentrated on understanding the behaviour of the car in the wet. It’s always difficult to give a judgement when you run in conditions like this, but I have to say the car was going pretty well, so we are reasonably pleased. It is even more complicated to say where we are in the dry, because we did not run enough. Let’s see if tomorrow we manage to do a few more laps, but at the moment, the forecast is not very encouraging.”

Fernando Alonso: “All in all, I am reasonably pleased with how things went. We ran in various conditions, going from the dry to a damp track and then a completely wet one and tomorrow, at least according to the weather forecast at the moment, we could have a very similar scenario to today when it comes to qualifying. The car behaved well in all conditions, which is always a good thing and we were also able to see how the various types of tyre worked and when was the right moment to switch from one to another. The technical updates on the car? We did not have enough time to evaluate them in depth: let’s hope we can do that tomorrow.”

Marussia:
Charles Pic: “It was a good day for me in the changing conditions. What we lost in terms of planned dry weather programme, we gain in experience in the wet conditions in case the next days continue like this. This morning, on my side, we completed a few aerodynamic evaluations to progress our recent upgrade. I lost a little time early on because of a radio problem, but I was quite happy with the pace when I was able to start running. This afternoon we got to try both types of wet tyre but it was a little frustrating that the rain was so changeable because we couldn’t really get down to any detailed evaluation”

Timo Glock: “Unfortunately today did not pan out in the way we had expected in respect of the weather. I thought we would have more stable conditions. In general it was difficult again in terms of it being a mixed day. In FP1 I struggled quite a bit with the car for the same reasons as the early part of the Silverstone weekend, so fighting with instability, and unfortunately at the end we had a problem which cut the morning slightly short; not enough to make a difference thankfully. FP2 was wet again and we started out on full wets. The car was still very nervous and oversteering. I think we could have been quite a bit quicker but the instability issues make it a bit difficult at the moment. We have to look into that and I hope we find the problem overnight and see what we can do to improve tomorrow.”

Caterham:
Heikki Kovalainen: “We completed a decent mileage today but I think we still have quite a bit of work to do, mainly on finding grip. The conditions in FP1 were good to start off with and we managed to get through most of the aero programme we’d set, including a couple of very slow single lap runs on dry tyres when it was getting pretty wet! In FP2 we started on the full wets for the first run, then went onto the inters but we still couldn’t quite find a really good balance. We’ll look at that tonight and make sure we can push on tomorrow in FP3 and qualifying.”

Vitaly Petrov: “I’m pretty pleased with how today’s gone. In conditions like we had in both sessions one of the main things is to make sure you don’t make any mistakes, and we had a big programme for both FP1 and FP2 and it was important to make sure we go through them with no problems. Inside the car we tried a few setup changes to help dial out the understeer, and on the dry tyres in the morning session we were definitely going in the right direction as the session ended. In the afternoon we tried a few things on both the wets and the inters and, again, made progress, but we have a lot more to come.”

HRT:
Narain Karthikeyan: “It wasn’t my best day because I didn’t run in the morning and FP2 was wet. It wasn’t very productive and if tomorrow is dry I will be facing completely new conditions. But it looks like it’s going to rain tomorrow so today’s data will be useful. I expect it to be tough tomorrow but I’m ready for the challenge.”

Pedro de la Rosa: “Today was a bit of a strange day, but I’m happy to have been able to run this morning on primes and one last stint on intermediate tyres. That way, if it doesn’t rain in the race, we’ve got a small idea of what we can encounter and if tomorrow the track is wet, which it seems it will be, at least we’ve got an idea of what it can be like. The mechanics did a good job to get the car out today and now we must work on the set-up for tomorrow.”

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