Fri: FIndia, Lotus, Virgin, Hispania

Date published: May 20 2011

Toro Rosso joined Lotus, Virgin and Hispania at the bottom of the timesheets in Saturday’s Turkish GP qualifying…

Toro Rosso joined Lotus, Virgin and Hispania at the bottom of the timesheets in Saturday’s Turkish GP qualifying…

Force India:
Paul di Resta: “I missed the morning session so there was a big workload to get through in the afternoon. It was the first time I’d been in the car with the entire new package and we always knew it would be a big change compared to what we were used to. The car feels very different and it’s clear we have lots of work to do to understand the new parts and get the most from them. By the end of the afternoon we had definitely improved the car quite a bit, but we need to sit down tonight and think about how we should approach tomorrow.”

Adrian Sutil: “I ran with all our new aero parts this morning and in the afternoon, but to be honest we haven’t managed to find the sweet spot yet. The guys did a great job to get everything on the car, but it’s never easy to introduce so many new things during a weekend and to test them properly. Getting this new package to work is probably going to be more difficult than we thought and that’s why we didn’t look that competitive today. So we have work to do this evening to see if we can improve things for tomorrow.”

Team Lotus:
Heikki Kovalainen: “Overall we can be very happy about this Friday. I think we’ve seen an improvement today on where we were and throughout the sessions we could see that we were getting more and more out of the new package. The gap to the cars ahead seems reasonably small so I think it’s all positive. The key point is that there is a lot more to come out of it. Optimising the whole update will take time and even though the car felt good on both the options and the primes we know that after going through the data tonight we can make more improvements tomorrow, and in the coming races .”

Jarno Trulli: “A bit of a mixed day for me. The team made a change to my steering in the morning session which meant I couldn’t complete the program in FP1 but in the afternoon session we completed a decent number of laps and I could start to feel where we have found some improvements on the car. For much of the day I didn’t really feel like I was getting the most out of it but we have found some of the pace we want to with the updates and with more work there is clearly much more to come.”

Virgin:
Jerome D’Ambrosio: “I personally had a good day; it was really about analysing different compounds, especially with the new hard tyre that we’ve been given here. I did some long runs at the end on them, and I think that was quite useful. I think it’s very important that we all sit down together now, and really see what’s happening on Timo’s car with the new package. That’s really the next step for us, we need to combine my work with Timo’s and see what we can come up with for tomorrow.”

Timo Glock: “At the moment we are focusing on getting to grips with the new exhaust, so we can’t do much in terms of setup or balance work. Today has mainly been about gathering data. It’s not easy but I think we made some progress and we are starting to understand the philosophy of it. Now we have a lot of work to do overnight before we decide whether to keep the system on the car for tomorrow and the race.”

Hispania:
Narain Karthikeyan: “We had some issues with traction and a lot of oversteer this morning on prime tyres. In the afternoon we changed this a bit and it calmed down. We’re trying to work on the new parts, we have some new bits coming tomorrow as well so, as a whole package, we should improve a bit from today. The balance was completely different from winter so we have to re-balance the car, look at the data and improve. There is a lot of work to do.”

Tonio Liuzzi: “Today was a positive day overall. We had some time to do a few long runs and understand the tyres and get a better feel for the car. We had two interesting sessions where we spent a lot of time tuning the set up of the car. Both cars had different packages so it was important that Narain and myself focused on different aspects. We’ve got some important data for tomorrow. I’m positive that with the full upgrade on the car we’ll make a positive step.”