2014 F1

2014 Spanish GP: Friday practice quotes – Force India, Williams, Lotus

Nico Hülkenberg - Force India, at Spanish GP Friday practice
Force India
Nico Hulkenberg, P1 – 1:28.828, 12th; P2 – 1:28.074, 11th

“It was generally a positive day and we got all the information we wanted from the two sessions. We still have some work to do to find some performance in the car as we have the potential to improve. The track here in Barcelona is very challenging and it is going to be key to find some extra grip, especially when working with the harder compound. Degradation is high here, last year was a four-stop race and I expect the demands for the tyres to remain high this year as well.”

Sergio Perez, P1 – 1:28.779, 9th; P2 – 1:29.129, 16th
“Today has been a fairly challenging day. Our race pace looks good but it will be crucial to qualify well because overtaking is always difficult on this circuit. The compounds available for this weekend are very hard and this creates some issues with getting the tyres to work as desired. We need to work on this aspect with the engineers tonight and then we will be able to battle for a place in Q3, which has to be our aim.”

Robert Fernley, Force India deputy team principal
“It’s been a productive day with 100 laps completed and no significant loss of time. We were able to evaluate some upgrades in the morning session and we were happy with the results, so we retained them for FP2. It got very hot in the afternoon and this makes it hard to find enough grip, but we have identified the areas of the set-up we can work on to improve our performance. We will work with the data we have collected to achieve that tonight. Our long run pace looks good when compared to our rivals so we can use this as a starting point to improve the balance of our car overnight.”

Williams
Felipe Massa, P1 – 1:28.791, 10th; P2 – 1:27.824, 8th

“It has been a good day today with all upgrades working and improving performance as we had expected. It’s hard to see who we will be fighting with come the race as all the teams have made a step forward. There are still some rear grip issues, it has improved since the start of the season, but we are not there yet. The medium is the best tyre for the weekend as we were struggling for grip on the hard tyre, as is everyone else. It’s always good to see upgrades working as they have all done which is once again impressive.”

Valtteri Bottas, P2 – 1:28.698, 14th
“We have had a positive day as the upgrades we brought here have worked as expected, but it’s hard to say where we are in comparison to other teams. We will see tomorrow. The rear of the car was a bit snappy at the end of Turn 3 and this was made worse by the tailwind, the grip was also hard to handle in this corner. I didn’t have all the updates as Felipe was testing them for comparison, so I’m feeling positive knowing my car will be faster tomorrow.”

Felipe Nasr, P1 – 1:29.272, 14th
“In the first session we limited our running as the track started off quite green. We have some new parts in the car and so my focus was to analyse how they performed. The car felt good and we found a lot of positives but there is some work still to do on the rear as Barcelona demands a lot of rear downforce. We made some small changes mid-way through the session which resulted in the car becoming harder to drive, which is interesting for me to know how these changes effect the car. Overall it is a positive day for both myself and the team as we obtained a lot of data from the new upgrades.”

Rob Smedley, Williams head of vehicle performance
“It was a constructive day as we had a lot of work to do in terms of car set-up and tyre management as well as testing all the new pieces. We completed the tests we had planned and as a result all the parts we brought are working as expected or even better, which is key at a track like Barcelona where everyone is trying to find more downforce. We still have a lot of work to do in order to optimise our car set-up and the long run pace, and so that is the focus for this evening.”

Lotus
Romain Grosjean, P1 – 1:29.944, 17th; P2 – 1:29.493, 17th

“Today was frustrating as we had quite a few small problems which made it difficult for me to get clean runs and set a good time. This also made it difficult to get the set-up of the car where we want it to be. The positive is that we can see there’s pace in the car from Pastor’s laps. If we can get everything sorted and my car running like it should we could have a good result in qualifying tomorrow.”

Pastor Maldonado, P1 – 1:28.744, 8th; P2 – 1:27.866, 9th
“The car felt good today and it feels like we’re really making progress. We completed more set-up work and it was great to have a day without any issues. With the programme we were running I didn’t set my fastest laps when the track was quickest, so there’s more to come from the car as it is, as well as from further set-up improvements. It’s great to be running in superb weather conditions and with many Venezuelan fans in the crowd. I have a good feeling about this weekend.”

Alan Permane, Lotus trackside operations director
“We had a good start to the day and were able to assess a lot of our new aerodynamic parts, including the floor and front wing, as well as engine mapping upgrades. Pastor was pretty happy with his car straight away, whilst we had a few niggles with Romain’s car which we’re working on rectifying for tomorrow. We’ve accumulated plenty of data which means a good chunk of work to be done overnight and hopefully more performance on track for qualifying tomorrow.”

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