Fri: Force India, Toro Rosso, Williams, Sauber

Date published: July 7 2017

Force India, Toro Rosso and Williams were unable to break into the top-ten in Austria while Sauber were slowest of all.

Force India:
Esteban Ocon:
“A solid day for me with no real issues or problems. We found some more speed with every run, but there is still room for improvement and I know there is more to come tomorrow – from me, from the car; in all areas really. It’s going to be a really tight grid tomorrow with small margins so the work we do tonight will be very important.”

Sergio Perez: “It’s been a difficult day trying to get up to speed this afternoon. I’ve struggled with the balance of the car – mainly the corner entry stability and with the rear – so we’ve been trying to solve those issues. We need to understand where we can improve tonight and pick up some speed tomorrow to make sure was can be in the fight for Q3.”

Toro Rosso:
Daniil Kvyat:
“We had a productive Friday. Even if we had some small issues here and there throughout the day, they were not big enough to say that it affected our day too much. We now just need to keep working as we are and avoid any more issues – we have some room for improvement and we will try to fulfill this overnight in order to come back stronger tomorrow.”

Carlos Sainz Jr: “It’s been a tricky Friday here in Austria – I’d say not only for us, but also for many other drivers out there. We need to learn from today. We know we are lacking a bit of pace – but not as much as the timing sheets show – so I’m confident that for tomorrow we can get a bit closer to the top ten. We will make a few changes overnight and keep improving!”

Williams:
Felipe Massa:
“It definitely wasn’t an easy Friday for us. We were struggling with balance in the car, with some difference between high speed and low speed. I just wasn’t happy with the balance and there’s work to do to improve for tomorrow. I really hope our lap times are better and we can be more competitive in qualifying.”

Lance Stroll: “The field is very tight. We are missing a bit so there are bits and pieces to work on overnight. We don’t look as competitive as we were in Baku, for example, but that can change. It is such a short lap round here and a couple of tenths can get you quite a few places. We are going to work to try and solve it for tomorrow, as we are lacking a bit of grip everywhere and are just not able to push the car as hard at some of the others. I haven’t debriefed with the engineers yet, but I do think we have a good race car.”

Sauber:
Pascal Wehrlein:
“It was a difficult day for us. There is a clear gap to our direct competitors, which was to be expected due to the many straights. We had some difficulties on the car side, especially during the second free practice session. However, we were able to collect a lot of data, and are working on analysing it now in order to improve the performance of our car for tomorrow.”

Marcus Ericsson: “It has not been the smoothest day for us, as we had some issues in FP1, which started with a mechanical problem during the first run. We were not able to complete more than 12 laps, which was an unfortunate start to the day. FP2 went better, we managed to cover a lot of laps and worked on aerodynamic and mechanical tests, which helps us to understand the car better. Our next step is to sit down with the engineers and find a way to optimise our car set-up for the rest of the weekend.”