Fri: Manor, Sauber, Renault, Haas

Date published: July 29 2016 - Editor

As practice session three conlucded, the minnow team drivers expressed their thoughts on how their day went.

Pascal Wehrlein:
“At the end, I was quite happy; we made some progress today. To begin with, my fastest lap time was on the soft tyres, so the lap time wasn’t representative, but in second practice we were on the same strategy as everyone else and we aren’t far off the guys around us, so it’s a good sign. I hope we can improve for tomorrow. I really want to deliver a good job overall this weekend.”

Rio Haryanto: “Yes coming to the Hockenheimring, we knew it would be challenging, but we are close to the cars around us and everything we have achieved today was pretty much as we expected. We will look at the data tonight and do our best in qualifying tomorrow. I think the tyre choice will be a challenge. Looking at the long runs today, it seems that the two tyre compounds are working very differently.”

Marcus Ericsson:
“It’s been a decent Friday. I was able to run a good amount of laps in both sessions. We tried the new rear wing again in FP1, and finally see the numbers we want to. We will continue with our indepth analysis, but it seems to be a step forward. We also plan to keep this rear wing for the rest of this weekend, which is a positive sign. Let’s see where we stand tomorrow.”

Felipe Nasr: “It was a difficult day for me. I did not feel comfortable in the car. The handling as well as the driveability of the car is quite weak at the moment. We were not able to get the tyres to work properly, likewise with the set-up of the car. We will look into different areas of the car to understand where the issues come from. We need to sort it out for the rest of the weekend.”

Kevin Magnussen:
“I completed plenty of laps today and we didn’t have any issues with the car, which is always promising. We do have a few areas to work on but we did make decent progress through the day. We can make some improvements on how we use the supersoft tyre and with our brake balance too. That’s all part of the work we do on Friday then overnight ahead of tomorrow’s final practice and qualifying.”

Jolyon Palmer: “This morning was pretty easy for me as I wasn’t in the car so this afternoon was pretty full. We ran a good number of laps in the afternoon – the joint highest tally – but it’s fair to say we still have some improvements to be made with the car. The good thing is we have a lot of data and as we saw in Budapest it is possible to unlock quite a bit more pace.”

Romain Grosjean:
“We tried a few things today, taking the time to assess the track as a new venue for us. We focused on understanding how the tires work here. Unfortunately, we had our issue in the afternoon so we couldn’t do a long run, which is a bit of a shame. There’s plenty of work to be done tonight, including a few things we’re still investigating. We managed to try a few setups. Hopefully for tomorrow, we’ll pick up the best option.”

Esteban Gutierrez: “It was a productive afternoon. We managed to complete our full program and got the most out of the time we had on track. Considering that Romain couldn’t go out, it was good that we switched the plan to run the two compounds on longer runs which gathered important information for the race. We’re happy with the mileage and tests we carried out and now we need to analyze all the data in order for us to optimize everything we can for tomorrow.”