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Friday Practice: Renault, Force India, Williams, Sauber

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Renault:
Robert Kubica: “It was a fairly normal Friday for us and we managed to do quite a lot of laps to understand the car and the new developments that we have for this race. It was quite easy to evaluate the new parts and I was able to feel the difference with the car. Track conditions were pretty good, overall: it was quite dusty to begin with, but things improved a lot during the day.”

Vitaly Petrov: “I had driven here before in GP2, but today was my first experience of Valencia in an F1 car. Obviously it feels very different and I had to adapt my driving style. We had a lot of new parts to try out so the car felt quite different and I spent the sessions getting used to that and understanding the car’s behaviour. Overall the car felt okay, but we’re still working on the set-up and will continue that tomorrow morning.”

Force India:

Adrian Sutil: “I was only out in FP2 but it went well today, according to plan. I was happy with the balance straight away and didn’t change so much over the session. The switchable rear wing is working very well now and it makes a real difference. The long run pace was also good so overall there were no real problems – quite a relaxing day! At this stage we can’t predict exactly what will happen tomorrow, but based on our pace today I think we are strong here and I hope we can have the same positions we did in Montreal, or around that area – Q3 is definitely possible from what we’ve seen in practice.”

Tonio Liuzzi: “Quite a good Friday for us. I used the opening session to learn the track: it’s quite a strange circuit as there aren’t too many corners, but it’s quite technical and the kerbs are a little strange as you have to find a very precise line. The car is responding well to changes and we seem to be pretty competitive on lower fuel. We’ve also got some good information on the SRW and it is working better than in Turkey. We just need to make a couple of small steps to adjust the balance but we are going in the right direction and I think we can improve a bit for
tomorrow.”

Williams:

Rubens Barrichello: “We had a pretty much straight forward day during which we tested various things and they seem to work better. It’s the first time we’ve been in the top ten on a Friday; we can’t read too much into that, but at least it tells us thatwe can be competitive. The main aim tomorrow is to get into Q3.”

Nico Hulkenberg: “Quite a difficult Friday for me. P2 wasn’t really to my liking. I struggled with the balance of the car and I didn’t get a good lap on the option tyre. We need to analyse the data now and hopefully hook it all together for a good qualifying tomorrow.”

Sauber:
Kamui Kobayashi: “We completed a huge programme today and everything went very well. With the new aero package we now have to work to get the balance right. It is getting reasonable, but we have to analyse the data and I’m sure there is more to come. In the morning I found the track less dirty than expected. However, in the morning tyre degradation was an issue, but not anymore in the afternoon.”

Pedro de la Rosa: “We made a lot of changes to the car during the day to prepare for tomorrow’s qualifying. The main focus was to work on the braking performance to get the car stable

under braking. Both tyres worked quite well on the warm asphalt, and I don’t expect anything like the issues we had in Canada. For me it was the first time driving on this track. It took me a few laps to learn it, especially the many braking points, but I quickly liked it.”

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