Sebastian Vettel, P1 1:39.389, 10th; P2 – 1:35.606, 7th
“It was a solid day for us and we didn’t have any problems with the car. We’re still learning a lot in terms of reliability and car set up, so it’s important to do laps and not to have any problems.”
Daniel Ricciardo, P1 – 1:40.406, 14th; P2 – 1:35.433, 4th
“We had a better run in P2 today than in P1. In P1 we played around a little bit with a few things on the car, but this evening was better and we made a step forward. We’ve still got more to go through – so overall not a bad day, but still room for improvement.”
Jenson Button, P1 – 1:38.636, 5th; P2 – 1:35.528, 6th
“The conditions in the evening [FP2] were very different from the conditions in the afternoon [FP1]. There was no significant difference in terms of sighting braking points and apices under lights; no, the key difference was the lower air and track temperature. As you’d expect, on cooler asphalt, in FP2, it was much more difficult to get temperature into the tyres, but on the other hand you didn’t have as much degradation, so there was a trade-off there.
“It was the same for everyone, of course, but there’s still a gap between us and the fastest cars – in fact I don’t think anyone is really happy with their car except Mercedes – so we’ve got a lot of work to do. But we’re pushing as hard as we can to do that work and close that gap.”
Kevin Magnussen, P1 – 1:38.949, 7th; P2 – 1:35.662, 9th
“Today we got through our planned programme well, and our car seems to be working okay on this circuit; it feels like a pretty decent racing car here, in fact, but obviously it’s still too early to say much for sure.
“We’re quite a bit off the pace of the quickest cars, of course, but I reckon we’ve got a slightly better chance to make up for that here owing to the cooler air and track temperatures. Also, apart from the quickest cars, the field seems to be pretty well bunched.
“If it stays like that, hopefully we’ll have an opportunity to qualify decently tomorrow, which should place us well in terms of scoring points on Sunday. But it’s early days yet, so let’s wait and see.”
Eric Boullier, McLaren racing director
“Today was a pretty straightforward day, in which we achieved most of what we set out to do.
“In FP1 Jenson and Kevin ended up P5 and P7 respectively, which was a good start. In FP2, which took place in the comparative cool of the evening, we found our cars to be better balanced and possessing of more grip – as expected – but the same applied to our rivals, leaving Jenson in P6 and Kevin in P9.
“But Friday is all about performance development, and it’s clear that our high-fuel runs still require further work. Our engineers are already engaged on the issue, however, and I’m confident we’ll make progress overnight.”