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Friday practice quotes – Force India, Lotus, Toro Rosso

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Sergio Perez, P1 – no time, 20th; P2 – 1:41.671, 16th

“Not an easy day because I missed most of the morning session and that has limited my running on the hard compound. In the afternoon we tried to improve the car, as well as learning about the tyres, but I still feel we need to make a big step tonight to be ready for qualifying. The tyre performance gap between the hard and the medium compound is not that big, but we suffered with high degradation on both tyres.”

Nico Hulkenberg, P1 – 1:41.642, 8th; P2 – 1:40.691, 10th
“I think we can be satisfied with what we learned today. We worked through the programme and there were no big issues on my side. Of course, the hot weather here means conditions are tough and we found that tyre management during the long run was quite challenging. It’s even more difficult this year because there is more wheelspin with these engines and the rear degradation is quite high. We collected the usual data for the tyres and the set-up, and I think there is still room for improvement. I need some more grip and we need to tweak the balance before final practice.”

Otmar Szafnauer, chief operating officer
“Apart from some lost track time for Sergio this morning, which resulted from a fuel system issue, our preparation for the Malaysian Grand Prix has gone largely to plan. We met our mileage target for the tyres and signed off the cooling solutions we have in place for this weekend. The long run performance looks competitive, although coping with the high tyre degradation will be critical come Sunday afternoon.”

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Romain Grosjean, P1 – no time, 22nd; P2 – 1:42.531, 17th

“We have to work and try to solve all our issues. We are focusing on every issue we encounter. This morning we couldn’t do any laps, and this afternoon we burnt a cable which stopped the gearbox from working. Of course I don’t get out of the car with a smile when my car is parked out on track and is not working, and you do swear a little bit in your head! But as I’ve said before, it’s only the second race of the season and we always knew we would be starting on the back foot. We will get to where we want to be.”

Pastor Maldonado, P1 – no time, 21st; P2 – no time, 22nd
“Our problems today were centred around the power unit. Hopefully we have fixed everything ahead of tomorrow and will be able to do enough for FP3 and qualifying. It’s important for the team and it’s important for me to be able to test the car and push a little bit, as it was not the case in the first race. It’s tough as each time we’re expecting to be better and better. We’ve been working so hard, the mechanics, the engineers, together with Renault Sport F1. We just need to try and be strong enough to accept when we have a problem and as soon as everything is fixed, be ready to be out and attack immediately.”

Nick Chester, Lotus technical director
“Not a great day, quite far from it in fact. Both cars were delayed in the morning with mapping issues. Pastor then suffered from a turbo-related problem with his car. This meant we needed to remove the engine and subsequently he was unable to run in the afternoon. Romain was able to get some more laps in the afternoon, however a wiring issue caused difficulties with his gearbox. More lessons learnt, and we’ll be focusing on getting as much mileage as possible tomorrow.”

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Jean-Eric Vergne, P1 – 1:41.402, 6th; P2 – 1:40.777, 11th

“A really good day in general. I think we have done a nearly perfect Friday and I’m really happy with the performance of the car. We still have to find the best solution for a few little issues that can definitely make us quicker. We look quite strong so far and working hard tonight I’m sure we will have a good car for tomorrow and maybe fight again for Q3. It’s a happy day.”

Daniil Kvyat, P1 – 1:42.869, 14th; P2 – 1:41.325, 14th
“Even though I have raced at Sepang before in a junior formula, I have to say this was definitely one of the hottest days I have experienced, but I can’t say I found it a problem to deal with. Today, we had a busy programme, looking at improving performance, doing some long runs and also trying the medium and hard tyres for the first time at a race weekend. I’m not completely satisfied yet with the set-up of the car. So tonight we’ll look at all the data with the engineers with the aim of getting as much performance as possible out of our package for the rest of the weekend.”

Phil Charles, Toro Rosso chief race engineer
“A pretty good day. We worked through the programme on both cars. Jev has done a good job right from the start, also thanks to his experience here. Daniil had a lot to learn with the tricky track and he is taking that really well. We have done some testing on his car so for tomorrow we can put together all the bits and I’m sure we can make him faster. We are quite positive and look forward to tomorrow. I think there’s a little bit more to come.”

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