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Friday quotes – Force India, Red Bull, Toro Rosso – 2012 British GP

Force India
Nico Hulkenberg, P2 – 1:58.943, 9th

“A very limited programme today to avoid running on such a wet track with a high risk of aquaplaning. The only time we felt we could learn anything was in the final half hour of the afternoon session so we remained in the garage for most of the day. The forecast for the rest of the weekend looks very mixed so I think we have a challenging weekend ahead of us.”

Paul di Resta, P1 – no time, 23rd; P2 – 1:59.429, 11th
“Very difficult conditions today, but sometimes you get weather like this. So we had to be patient and choose our moments because the track conditions were so poor with lots of rivers running across the circuit. We didn’t really change the car all day, so we will start with the same set-up tomorrow morning. I certainly feel for the fans who missed out on seeing much action today, but it was great to see so many people come along on a Friday.”

Jules Bianchi, P1 – no time, 24th
“It’s a shame about the weather today. I only did the install lap and that was it. The conditions were so wet that there was no value in doing more laps and there was very little we could learn.”

Jakob Andreasen, Force India chief engineer
“A frustrating day for all the teams due to the wet weather, which kept us in the garage for most of the day. It’s a shame for the fans, who turned out in huge numbers, but with the high risk of aquaplaning it was sensible not to take any risks until we felt the conditions allowed us to do meaningful running. We ran on the wet tyres with Jules, Paul and Nico, and did one run on the intermediates with Paul. There were some aero developments on the car today, but it was very difficult to learn much in such tricky conditions.”

Red Bull
Sebastian Vettel, P1 – 1:59.414, 11th; P2 – 1:59.476, 13th

“If there’s too much standing water on track we can’t go out, as we aquaplane pretty quickly. I think Senna went off and it shows how quickly it can happen. It’s a real shame for the fans sitting in the grandstands waiting for the cars to come out. I feel for them. We got in a bit of running in the end, but for us it’s not so useful, as you can’t really try anything in these conditions. I think weather will be the most important factor in determining the rest of the weekend. Hopefully it gets a bit better tomorrow so we can get ready for qualifying.”

Mark Webber, P1 – 1:58.463, 6th; P2 – no time, 23rd
“It’s a real shame for the fans today. All the drivers and everyone in the teams are thinking of them because it wasn’t the best day for action, but obviously we have to have an eye on the tyres for the rest of the weekend. There’s a good chance we might need them, so we had to be careful with how many laps we did. You’ve got to take your hat off to the spectators and the support that they showed in absolutely awful conditions. I just really hope that a lot of them are back tomorrow because we have no choice but to get on with it then!”

Toro Rosso
Jean-Eric Vergne, P1 – 1:59.076, 10th; P2 – 1:59.854, 14th

“Today’s practice was useful for us to get used to the very wet conditions and what direction we should be going in with the car in terms of set-up for what looks like being a very wet weekend. The times mean nothing, because the conditions were changing a lot and on my final run, the rain intensified. We had wanted to do more on the Intermediates, but the track surface was never dry enough to use them. There was not much we could in terms of improving the car, although we did make some set up changes over the course of the two sessions, even if it is hard to evaluate as the water level on the circuit was always different. The rain certainly makes the performance more even through the field, so I am expecting to have a more competitive time than in recent races.”

Daniel Ricciardo, P1 – 1:56.827, 2nd; P2 – no time, 22nd
“It looks as though the rain is going to continue for much of the weekend, so today’s running was valuable, even if this afternoon, it was too wet to do many laps. The morning session went quite well, running only on the Extreme tyre and that gave me the confidence in the car in these conditions to feel good about tomorrow. We also did a little bit of set-up work but we did not change much, because, in these conditions most of the time comes from yourself. In the afternoon, we did fit Intermediates, but only for a couple of ‘in’ and ‘out’ laps. The rain definitely evens out the performance gaps between the cars, so I’d be happy to have the rest of the weekend run in the wet.”

Laurent Mekies, Toro Rosso chief engineer
“We are facing a completely wet race weekend, so today it was important to get a feel for the car in these conditions. There was also a strategic element to take into account, as we were obviously thinking of saving the Extreme rain tyres in case they are required for qualifying and the race, because each driver is only allocated three sets of these per weekend. Therefore it’s a trade off between doing some proper work on the car and saving the tyres. Whatever happens, the next two days should be a great show for the fans who have packed the grandstands despite the bad weather, as we have seen how hard it is to keep the cars on track at this high speed circuit and in these conditions. We only had a few laps to get a picture of how the car is performing and what to do to make it faster. We ran most of the day with the extreme tyre on both cars and all we did with the intermediates was a couple of launches.”


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