Driver Quotes: British GP practice




28 JUNE 2013

Infiniti Red Bull Racing

Sebastian Vettel

“I think overall we can be pretty happy, it was a good day. Obviously it was important to get some laps

in the dry as we expect dry conditions on Sunday. Now we need to have a look at what we can

improve, have a look what the others did and then we’ll know a little bit more for tomorrow. Today we

tried to do both short and long runs. For FP3 tomorrow, we need to decide if we go for short runs, to

prepare for qualifying, or long runs trying to look more at the race set up.”

Mark Webber

“We tried to do as much as we could in 90 minutes; we put both compounds on and did different fuel

loads as well, so it was quite a demanding session for the team. In the end we got what we could out of

it. I think that both Seb and I ran different compounds and got the information we need for the race.

Today we did a snapshot of work for tomorrow, but mostly the focus was for Sunday. I think the race

will be quite tight, to be honest I don’t think there’s anyone charging away.”

Scuderia Ferrari

Fernando Alonso

“This morning, we lost the first session because of the rain and had to squeeze all the work we had

been unable to do into the afternoon session. Our programme for today was no different to usual and

as normal, it was important to gather data relating to tyre behaviour, which here too will be the key

factor. At Silverstone, you need an aerodynamic package that is suited to the combination of fast

corners that are the main feature at this track. The strategy will have to be impeccable and in order to

make the right choice for the race, we will have to take into account the fact that on Sunday we can

expect very different conditions to those we saw today, because the track will definitely be drier and the

temperatures higher.”

Felipe Massa

“I am very disappointed about what happened today as the accident cost me valuable time,

especially in terms of getting an understanding of the tyre behaviour here at Silverstone. At the exit

of the corner, I found myself on a piece of track that was still very damp and I lost control of the car:

at that time, the prototype Hard Pirellis that we could use today, were not yet up to temperature and I

couldn’t avoid the impact. Luckily, the car only suffered slight front end damage and tomorrow we will

comfortably be able to pick up where we left off with the work. On a long run, Fernando’s car went

well and even if the low temperatures probably didn’t help, the improved weather expected tomorrow

gives us reason to be optimistic. I am certain that together we will try our best to improve so that we

can take the fight to our main rivals.”

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

Jenson Button

“Despite this morning’s washed-out session, I think we got in all the running that we needed this

afternoon, and we managed to get through most of our programme – including some running on

Pirelli’s test tyre. The car doesn’t feel too bad out there, and the balance is reasonable – it’s better than

it was in Canada – but we’re still some way off the pace. Still, the engineers have lots of data to

analyse, so they’ll be able to find out whether the new parts have made the improvements that they’d


Sergio Perez

“The second session was quite productive; we managed to do a lot of work and run through all our

preparations, so it wasn’t a waste of a day. Nevertheless, I think we’re in a similar position to the last

race, and still quite far from the front. We’ve worked to improve ride-quality – and I think we’ve made a

step forward in that area. However, not everything we tried today worked properly, so I still think we can

aim to turn this weekend around.”

Lotus F1 Team

Kimi Räikkönen

“We’re reasonably happy with everything today. We put quite a lot of effort into testing the new Device

with feels pretty okay. I only ran with the development and hard tyre so didn’t go for a faster lap, but it

didn’t feel too bad and we can work out where everything will be once we put it all together. I don’t think

we’re one of the very quickest, but I don’t think we’ll be too far away.”

Romain Grosjean

“It was a solid day here at Silverstone. Thankfully, the rain stopped for this afternoon and we could get

some good laps in so we can make a call on setup and configuration for tomorrow. It’s hard to say

exactly where the car is due to the conditions we had, plus we ran with a lot of different tyres so my

engineers will have a busy evening checking the info to work out what’s best. The car feels good; I think

if we can improve in a few areas we could be well placed for qualifying.”

Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team

Nico Rosberg

“It was a pity for the fans that we didn’t do much running this morning so it was good for them and for

us that it was dry this afternoon. On one lap the car is still quick, so qualifying should be okay. But

the question mark is our race speed. We practised the race speed today and it felt decent so far. But

it could be a completely different picture on Sunday as the weather should be a lot warmer, so we

don’t know where we are right now compared to the others. I’m still quite confident that we can have

a good weekend in front of our fans, our colleagues and their families.”

Lewis Hamilton

“We had quite a challenging day today and definitely have more to learn tomorrow. I’m struggling a

little with the balance of my car so there’s some work to do overnight to get us into shape for

qualifying. We haven’t quite got it hooked up yet and you can really tell that on this circuit, particularly

with Becketts and Maggots. I’m confident we’ll fix it tomorrow though. It’s great for the British fans

here that they were able to see some track action this afternoon after the rain this morning and a big

thank you to everyone for sticking with us. Hopefully the weather will improve tomorrow!”

Sauber F1 Team

Nico Hülkenberg

“We couldn’t really learn much this morning, especially because it is supposed to be dry tomorrow, but

here you never know. However that was the same situation for all the teams. The second practice this

afternoon was good. We were able to change to dry tyres fairly quickly. Of course, the programme is a

bit different without having a proper FP1 and it can get hectic sometimes, but I think we managed to

work through the programme quite well. We learned a lot about the tyres and had a good, consistent

long run. The set up of the car can still be improved, but that is normal after loosing so much time this


Esteban Gutiérrez

“This morning was a little bit frustraiting. It was too wet and we had to wait quite a long time to go out.

Tommorrow is supposed to be dry, so it didn’t make sense to run in the wet. Fortunately it was dry in

the afternoon and we managed to get a good number of laps on all three tyre compounds and high fuel,

so that was positive. We were getting consistent laps and now we need to evaluate the two different set

ups we had on the cars. It seems Nico’s configuration was a little bit better on the downforce, especially

in the fast corners. So now we need to evaluate the data and make a decision for qualifying tomorrow.”

Sahara Force India Formula 1 Team

Paul Di Resta

“After such a wet morning it was nice to get a run in the dry this afternoon. It was pretty productive and

the car is working well so hopefully we can carry the speed into tomorrow. We didn’t run very much this

morning, but with dry conditions expected for the weekend I think we’ve learned as much as anyone.

The focus tonight is to keep improving because there’s still some more speed in the car. We also need

to remember that it’s likely to be quite a lot hotter tomorrow so it’s hard to predict how that will impact on


Adrian Sutil

“We looked quite good today. There are areas to improve, especially the performance on the medium

tyres, but the car is working well on the hard compound. I’m happy with the balance so the main thing

we need to work on is going through the tyre data because I don’t think we need to change too much

on the car set-up.”

Williams F1 Team

Valtteri Bottas

“Conditions were not ideal today, especially as we were trying to test new parts on the car. It’s the

same for all teams, but I really feel for the fans as they didn’t see much running. We managed to test

with both the prime and option tyres in the second practice session, so we’ll look at the data tonight

and assess where we need to improve for the final practice session and qualifying tomorrow.”

Pastor Maldonado

“I was running a different programme to Valtteri today, concentrating on mechanical work and tyres.

We lost a lot of track time in the first session due to the weather, so we had a busy afternoon. I was

also able to do a longer run towards the end as the track dried but we still have work to do to improve

the performance for tomorrow.”

Scuderia Toro Rosso

Daniel Ricciardo

“I decided to do quite a few laps in the rain this morning, as I felt the track was safe enough and you

can always learn something in those tricky conditions and I think it pleased the fans as well! This

afternoon, we were pretty good in the dry, getting a good run on the Hard compound and improved

further on the Medium. However, I had hoped our long run would be better, so we definitely have more

work to do overnight, but generally a positive day.”

Jean-Éric Vergne

“This afternoon, as soon as I left the garage, I could tell the car felt very good. It was easy to push and

my lap times were good. That doesn’t mean we’re going to relax, far from it and we will be working hard

tonight to look at all the data to see how we can improve. I feel we have a chance here to do well over

the rest of the weekend. Coming to this track which is so different to the last two ones we have raced

on, I would say today’s performance has been a pleasant surprise.”

Caterham F1 Team

Charles Pic

“We knew from the forecasts that FP1 would be affected by the weather but it made the whole

session pretty worthless. The installation lap was fine but then we waited until about ten minutes to

go when there were quite a few other cars on track and unfortunately I went off in the last corner. We

obviously didn’t lose much time relative to the other cars as everybody had stayed in the garage, and

when we got the car back we found everything was ok so it didn’t affect our preparations for FP2.

FP2 was dry, still colder than it looks like it’ll be on Saturday or Sunday, but we completed a good

number of laps and have a lot to work on tonight. We’ve found a balance I’m happy with and the grip

levels are good from the outlap – we need to work on the low speed traction as we’re lacking a bit in

that area, but deg levels look manageable, especially with the prime, so overall I think we’re going ok


Giedo van der Garde

“The morning session was obviously affected by the rain which is a shame, both for the fans who

packed out the stands, and for us with the plan we’d set for FP1. We wanted to run through a few

aero evaluations, particularly as we have a couple of new updates to the floor here, but with the track

as wet as it was, and no sign of the rain stopping, we played it safe in the morning. In the afternoon it

was much better weather and we had a pretty good session. We had to try and make up some of the

time we lost in FP1 and, while we couldn’t run the full aero tests, we were still able to make some

decent progress throughout the session. The GP2 cars had helped dry the track a bit so we were

able to push from the first run and we ended up with a fairly good balance on both compounds.

We’re seeing a bit too much oversteer on the mediums, especially in the low speed corners, but not

in the high speeds – there the car feels balanced and that’s positive, something for us to work on


Marussia F1 Team

Jules Bianchi

“It has not been an easy start to the Team’s home Grand Prix but we kind of expected these conditions

for today. Although we are not expecting any further wet weather during the weekend’s running, we

have made the best of things and used this opportunity to work on wet set-up generally for future races.

I’m looking forward to some dry running now so we can really start to attack the circuit and see what we

can do here. It’s a fantastic track and it will be nice to get a better taste of that tomorrow.”

Max Chilton

“Despite the tricky conditions, it has still been a great day here at Silverstone in front of the home

crowd. The good news for them is that the weather looks set to pick up for the remainder of the

weekend; but it’s a testament to the dedication of the fans that they stick with it, even in the rain. I hope

we can reward their support this weekend. The day got off to a slow start which set us back a little in

terms of our programme, but we’ve made some good progress this afternoon, particularly with some

more long-range set-up work in the wet. No doubt that will come in handy at a couple of the remaining

European rounds. It will be good to tackle the circuit in the dry tomorrow and properly assess how the

car will perform here.”

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