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2014 Bahrain GP Friday practice quotes: Williams, Force India, Lotus

Bottas, Williams FW36, Bahrain GP F1 2014 Williams:- Felipe Massa, P1 – 1:39.533, 11th; P2 – 1:35.442, 5th
“It has been a good day for us even though we didn’t do much running. We covered some good miles during pre-season testing, so today wasn’t about learning, but fine tuning. Luckily the car hasn’t changed too much since we were last here, but some other cars have definitely caught up. The car feels okay and I think we can be competitive, hopefully more so than in Malaysia. We still have some work to do tomorrow but we are feeling positive.”

Valtteri Bottas, P2 – 1:35.920, 11th
“Today has been a short day for me after sitting out of the first free practice, but Nasr did a good job and handed the car over in one piece and he managed to complete his programme. Today we opted for short stints as we have had plenty of time running throughout winter testing. The aim of these stints was to fine tune the set-up and we can still improve it for tomorrow. Overall though the feeling is positive from my side and after so few laps today I still have quite a bit of work to do tomorrow.”

Felipe Nasr, P1 – 1:40.078, 13th
“It was a really enjoyable session; it’s been a long time since I was in the car here in testing so it took time for me to get back into the F1 mode. It’s also new for me to have all the cars on the track at the same time. The track is still improving so we were struggling for grip but that’s something everybody else would have experienced, it was quite different from testing. The track conditions also limited my time out there as there is little we can learn, the track will change so much before the race. I learnt a lot about the process, how the session works, what to expect and I also practiced a start and a pit stop so that was a great experience for me. I am looking forward for the next one.

Rob Smedley, head of vehicle performance
“Today went to plan which is good. This morning was about testing aero components alongside some mechanical tests which all went well. We came here with a lot of reliable information and data that we collected from testing. This afternoon our focus was on areas that we hadn’t been able to look at during winter testing, one of which was the tyres and how they would perform in the cooler temperatures. We managed to complete our programme and are very happy with how the drivers and team worked today.”

Motor Racing - Formula One Testing - Bahrain Test One - Day 2 - Sakhir, BahrainForce India:- Sergio Perez, P1 – 1:39.102, 9th; P2 – 1:35.802, 10th
“Today was positive; we managed to complete our programme and we’re quite happy with the car, especially on the prime tyre. I was able to complete some long runs and that will give us plenty to analyse tonight. The track temperature and conditions change a lot between the late afternoon and the evening, and it’s something we were expecting. We will keep working to improve the car for tomorrow, but we can be satisfied with the amount and quality of work done today.”

Nico Hulkenberg, P1 – 1:38.122, 4th; P2 – 1:35.998, 13th
“It was quite a good day for us; we did not do a lot of running but when we were out on track the running we did was quite good. First practice was not that representative because the race will be held at a completely different time of the day and with very different conditions, but the second session was a more realistic. We did some quality running in this session and we looked okay. I felt quite comfortable in the car and we just need to do some tweaks to the set-up tonight. I think we have a good starting point for the rest of the weekend.”

Robert Fernley, deputy team principal
“Another solid day of practice with both cars getting through our programmes without any significant concerns. It was good to see Sergio complete so many laps given the difficulties we had in Malaysia on his car and he seemed very comfortable today. Nico also made good progress and we were encouraged by the competitive long run pace. So I think we are in reasonably good shape going into the weekend.”

Pastor Maldonado, Lotus, Friday Practice, F1 2014 Bahrain Grand PrixLotus:- Romain Grosjean, P1 – 1:41.036, 19th; P2 – 1:37.599, 18th
“We have learnt a lot about the car today which can only help us to make progress. I had a bit of an issue which needed investigating in the second session, so it was frustrating to miss some time as I’m sure we would have made more improvements. It was interesting driving one session on a hot and bright afternoon then the next in darkness. We have lots of work to do for tomorrow.”

Pastor Maldonado, P1 – 1:40.793, 16th; P2 – 1:37.259, 17th
“It was good to have a reliable car and we completed a lot of work today. We had a lot of parts to test and we ran through many different evaluations. I made a little mistake in the evening session and we took quite a bit of air after jumping the kerb. Fortunately, not too much damage was done and we could continue the session. I’m looking forward to tomorrow to see how well we can perform.”

Alan Permane, Lotus trackside operations director
“Today was a far more normal Friday where we were able to evaluate a wide selection of new aero parts in the first session and work on set-up and tyre performance in the evening session. FP1 wasn’t a fantastic experience for either driver; we kept a baseline setup on the car as we assessed many new parts. The evening was all about data collection, albeit of a different nature too. Aside from a small issue with Romain’s car we have been reliable today which means we have plenty of data to be working on overnight as we look to qualifying tomorrow.”

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