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Friday Reports – Renault, Force India, Sauber, Williams

Renault:
Vitaly Petrov: “We had some difficulties with the car, because the floor and rear wing were not performing efficiently. As a result, we lost some time and a chance to do more running, as we spent a lot of time fixing the problem. This was also the reason for the lack of grip we experienced out there. We also struggled to get sufficient temperature into the soft tyres. That said, we managed some good track time and completed quite a few laps, and we’ll now look ahead to tomorrow to improve on this and give us a good shot come Sunday.”

Nick Heidfeld: “As I only drove in the second session, we tried to make full use of this time and we made good progress with the car. We initially had a lot of oversteer but we made changes which rectified this. We’re heading in the right direction but there is still time to be found from the set-up. The grip level from the circuit seems quite low and there is quite a big difference between the tyres, so tomorrow will be interesting.”

Force India:
Paul di Resta: “The morning was quite positive and we completed the programme and managed to learn a bit more about the package we ran at the Nurburgring last weekend. That set us up quite nicely for the afternoon when we did the usual performance runs and long runs to get data on the two tyres. It was good to get 40 laps in during the second session and it helped get me up to speed with the track, which is still quite new for me. The circuit was very green to begin with and tyre wear was high, but it was still consistent and improved quite a bit by the end of the day.”

Adrian Sutil: “A fairly normal Friday for me and we did most of the things on the job list. I was struggling for grip a bit today, especially at the start of the session and I was having to fight the car. But I think most of that was due to the fact that the track was quite green today. We know it always gets better with each session so I don’t think it’s anything to worry about. In the afternoon the longs runs went well and gave us plenty of information on the soft and supersofts for the race.”

Sauber:
Kamui Kobayashi: “Although we look better than we did at the Nürburgring, I have the feeling it will be tough to catch the Force India cars, but we want to get in front of them in tomorrow’s qualifying. The balance of my car is not really brilliant yet, but I think we can improve that. For me the soft tyre is the difficult one up to now, so I prefer the super-soft.”

Sergio Perez: “I think we have a better pace here than we had recently at the Nürburgring, and I also believe the ambient temperatures, which are supposed to get higher, will help us to do a better qualifying as it is crucial to get the super-soft tyres to work then. On the long runs I had degradation with both compounds, but with the soft the balance was better compared to the super-soft. For me the soft tyres were also more consistent than the super-soft. I believe it will become quite an interesting weekend for all of us in regard to the tyres.”

Williams:
Rubens Barrichello: “We tested a lot of things today. We had to run without KERS in the morning session because of a small problem but we reinstated it for the afternoon and it was fine. The car has improved a little bit, but P13 isn’t where we want to be and it’s going to be tough to break into Q3 tomorrow. Our goal today was to focus on set-up for the race as I think points are achievable here.”

Pastor Maldonado: “We brought new parts to Hungary which we spent today testing. I was trying out a new cooling system and I have an updated rear wing coming tomorrow that was working well on the other car. I’ll be working hard tonight with my engineers to improve the car. We’ve got plenty to do in order to have a good race.”


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