Friday: Renault, Manor, Force India, Sauber

Date published: July 8 2016

In an interesting session, Force India duo Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg didn’t test out the soft tyre compound, opting for hards and mediums.

Renault:
Jolyon Palmer:
“Silverstone is a great track, with loads of great fans and I enjoyed driving out there today. It was a typical Friday for us on track. We tried out two different tyre compounds and low fuel levels, plus a run on high fuel. We were on the medium for most of the day: it has a low working range so it is difficult to build up temperatures and the car can feel inconsistent to drive at the start. It got very windy out there at times too, which didn’t help. The soft gives very good grip over one lap but then degrades quickly. I think it was an OK result; it looks like we are in a similar position to normal. I am sure we can find something tomorrow, and we have to maximise what we can do. It looks as though we’ll have British weather all weekend but a bit of rain mixing it up would be good for us!”

Kevin Magnussen: “Overall we had a good session working through our programme. The rear of the car felt a little more unpredictable and made it a bit tricky to drive this afternoon. It was very windy during the session this afternoon and that of course had a bit of an impact on the running today. Hopefully it’ll come down a little bit for the rest of the weekend. We did work on the tyres and the softer compound didn’t last very long for me – only just about five laps. I had a better run on the medium tyres and they felt easier to manage. There’s more work to be done in preparation for Saturday so that’s what I’ll concentrate on with my engineers to be ready for tomorrow.”

Manor:
Pascal Wehrlein:
“We came here with the expectation that we would perhaps struggle slightly more than in Austria. Our tyre management was better there, whereas today we are seeing the same issues we experienced in the races before that. Having said that, we seem to have made some progress in FP2. At this stage I prefer to wait until after FP3 to see if we can continue to make some progress, but I would like to think we can have a good fight with Sauber and Renault. A lot will depend on the weather, I think.”

Rio Haryanto: “[Silverstone is] one of my favourites. It’s very fast and flowing, very high speed, but with a tricky final sector where you have some slow corners. I think we found a good rhythm this morning, but this afternoon we tried an alternative direction and it didn’t work out so well. It’s good to have that confirmation of our FP1 direction. It’s always too early to say how we’ll fare in the race – until the race – but we did some long runs and that will enable us to measure ourselves against Renault and Sauber and see what we need to do for the rest of the weekend.”

Force India
Nico Hulkenberg: “It was a pretty standard Friday, even though we had gale-strength winds in the afternoon that really made the conditions difficult out there. The times don’t tell the whole story, as we didn’t run the soft tyres in the afternoon and so our final positions don’t look that good. Across the two sessions, we ran all three compounds, although there is not a huge difference in feeling between them. We have a few areas to improve, but in general I am quite happy with the balance of the car. It will be important to find a way to reduce the effects of the wind on the car and hopefully we’ll find a bit more performance for tomorrow.”

Sergio Perez: “It was a very intense day and we now have plenty of information for the team to go through. We have some important decisions to make, in particular for Sunday’s race, but I think we have learned enough to make the right calls. We were able to run on all tyre compounds and I feel we are in a good position for the weekend. We need to focus on our long run pace – that’s where we have a margin to improve and that’s the main area we will work on tonight.”

Sauber:
Felipe Nasr: “It was a good day. We were able to run through our planned programme. It is positive to see that the engine upgrade is a decent step. Especially at this track, a good straight-line speed helps to gain some lap time. In general it was all about setting up the car on soft and medium tyres today. It was a bit tricky to get the soft tyres to work with the colder conditions in the morning, but in the afternoon we got a much better feeling for the car as well as with the tyres.”

Marcus Ericsson: “It is good news that we tested our new rear wing here in Silverstone in FP1. We were able to collect a lot of data, which we now have to analyse and understand properly. On the other hand, I was only able to do one stint in the morning. In FP2 we then had a busy programme with short and long-runs on medium as well as on soft tyres.”