Fri: Lotus, Sauber, Caterham

Date published: November 21 2014

Lotus, Sauber and Caterham all failed to register a car inside the top ten in Friday’s practice at the Yas Marina circuit…

Lotus F1:
Pastor Maldonado: “It was a good day with a lot of work completed. I’m happy with the way my car feels and there is good potential for the car tomorrow and in the race too. We still can find some more improvements but for sure I am looking forward to making some improvements in FP3 then pushing to the maximum in qualifying.”

Romain Grosjean: “We still have some work to do to get the E22 where we want it to be. I did miss some track time in FP1, and you notice this a little, even if the temperature conditions are different from what we see when it matters this weekend. There’s still pace to be found in the car and I’m sure we’ll unlock more speed for qualifying tomorrow.”

Sauber:
Esteban Gutierrez: “It was a positive day. Finally we were able to do both practice sessions. I think it was quite productive, although we do not have the pace we would like to have. It looks pretty tough for the long runs. We need to find the best way to improve our lap times.”

Adrian Sutil: “Unfortunately, I missed the first early afternoon free practice session. At the beginning of FP2 we had to replace the front brake disks. These are obviously not ideal preparations. That’s the way it is at the moment, and we have to make the best out of it. We have a lot of work ahead of us and, furthermore, I did not have an optimal feeling in the car.”

Caterham:
Kamui Kobayashi: “It was great to be able to drive the car again. I’m really glad to be here and I’d like to thank all the fans out there who made this possible. It was a trouble-free Friday where we managed to complete plenty of laps – something that is always useful in order to prepare for the weekend ahead. There’s still some work to be done and we need to work on the set-up for tomorrow, but it’s been a useful Friday and I look forward to the rest of the weekend here in Abu Dhabi. I’d also like to add that the team is doing a great job, it’s clearly a big team effort and I’m very impressed.”

Will Stevens: “I had been waiting for this day to arrive for a very long time – it didn’t start as well as I had hoped for, as a small technical issue meant I had to jump out of the car after only competing my installation lap. Luckily, the team did a great job and it got sorted out rapidly, meaning I could spend the rest of the day focusing on getting to grips with the car and completing as many laps as possible. In this afternoon’s session I already felt much more comfortable. We now need to work hard tonight and go through all the data gathered so that we drive out tomorrow well prepared. I’m happy with my race weekend so far, it’s definitely a steep learning curve, but I’m ready for the challenge and I want to thank all the fans out there that believed in the team and got us here to race.”

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