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2014 Spanish GP: Friday practice quotes – Sauber, Marussia, Caterham

Adrian Sutil - Sauber, Spanish GP Friday practice

Esteban Gutierrez, P2 – 1:29.105, 15th
“In total, it has been taking me some time to adapt to the track conditions and to the new package. At the moment, I don’t feel very confident. I am not very happy with the car’s balance. We had some issues with the power unit, so we lost quite a lot of time on track, which makes it more difficult to get a proper feeling for the car. However, we will do our best to sort these things out. We have data from Adrian’s car which will help us to analyse the differences between the cars and to find the right balance for tomorrow.”

Adrian Sutil, P1 – 1:29.688, 15th; P2 – 1:28.284, 13th
“We definitely made a step forward today. In the morning it was not easy to evaluate things because we had to solve some minor issues. However, I had a good feeling about the potential of our car, and during the afternoon was able to witness this. My fast lap was ok, but I think we can improve in every corner. If we can implement everything tomorrow, we certainly have a good chance to finish tomorrow’s qualifying in the top ten. I am satisfied with today’s outcome. We still have a lot of work ahead of us, but we are going in the right direction.”

Giedo van der Garde, P1 – 1:30.440, 18th
“It was not a good session for me, as I struggled quite a lot. We had a few issues with the reliability of the car. We had problems with braking during downshifting, which created a lot of oversteer. After going out for the second stint, we had a brake problem. It was a difficult situation for me, but the good thing is that I didn’t hit the wall. After that, the team was able to change the brakes, so I could run again and continue our planned programme during the last run. From my point of view, the main issue is oversteer. If we can solve this issue, I think we can further improve.”

Giampaolo Dall’Ara , Sauber head of track engineering
“It was definitely not an easy day because we had some reliability issues. This didn’t help as we were going through a very comprehensive programme with a car that has changed quite a bit. We lost time in the morning when Giedo suffered a brake problem, then we had an issue with the brake by wire bleed in the afternoon, and finally Esteban was hampered by an ERS issue towards the end of the day. However, there are some positive aspects as well. On Adrian’s car we could see we had made a step forward with the modifications we brought to Barcelona. The midfield is very close together, and Adrian was not far away from a top ten position. The difference to Esteban was quite significant, which had to do with some set-up issues. We will have a lot of work to do tonight, but I’m confident we can further optimise the performance.”

Jules Bianchi, P1 – 1:29.820, 16th; P2 – 1:29.991, 18th

“I think we have shown that we have made a good initial step with our updates today. It is never the case that you get everything from them immediately, so there is still plenty of work to do to understand how well they are working and where we can improve. With Max running the previous specification today we will have some interesting information to look through this evening. In simple terms we are closer to the cars ahead and keeping the Caterhams behind us, which is good.”

Max Chilton, P1 – 1:30.748, 19th; P2 – 1:31.148, 19th
“It hasn’t been an entirely straightforward day for me today and that can be frustrating when we have so many important boxes to tick. The primary focus today was achieving a good comparison between the two different aero specifications. We made good progress this morning so I was able to make use of the developments myself this afternoon. We lost a bit of time early in FP2 because of an engine problem and the afternoon was a little bit stop-start generally. I’m looking forward to evaluating what the new developments can bring. “

John Booth, Marussia team principal
“FP1 was a very productive session for the Team, with both cars completing their programme as intended. With Jules we saw that the aero upgrades were working well and we also took the opportunity to reoptimise the set-up of the car to work with these developments and also some mechanical changes we have brought to this race. With Max, he didn’t have the benefit of the upgrade in FP1, however we were still able to carry out some tests to aid aero correlation on this package which will be very useful data going forwards. In FP2 we felt confident that we had enough data to apply the upgrades across both cars, which was a little earlier than planned. FP2 was not as kind to us and we did suffer some issues on both cars. It seems also that the track conditions had changed significantly and the balance shift this caused forced us to go back on some of the set-up work we had completed. In the end, Jules completed the majority of his programme and was happy with the car in race trim. We stopped a little earlier than planned on the option long run, however we have still generated good data for us to examine tonight. With Max, I’m afraid he had a very stop-start session, with the Team and Ferrari working hard to diagnose some electrical issues which were affecting engine performance. He also unfortunately ran wide over a kerb and we lost some parts from the rear wing on his push lap. In the end, Max’s session was curtailed by a mistake at T4, which saw him run wide. Overall a positive day in terms our upgrades behaving as planned and also to see that the performance relative to our nearest competitors does seem to have improved. However, we will remain cautious until qualifying and the race to see where we really are in the pecking order.”

Kamui Kobayashi, P1 – 1:30.997, 21st; P2 – 1:31.338, 20th

“That was a tough day for us, with lack of grip stopping us get anything good out of the car in either session. We used most of FP1 for aero evaluations, looking at the new parts we’ve brought here and also starting work on the setup options we have for the weekend ahead, but with the grip issue I really couldn’t put a clean lap together in the whole session.

“It was the same in FP2. The track was a lot hotter than FP1 and it seemed to make the rear worse, but overall I couldn’t find a decent lap time on any of the runs. We obviously have a lot of work ahead of us tonight to find a setup direction that will allow us to get back to the performance levels we’re targeting, but we’ve had a few Fridays like this so far this year and we’ve always come back fighting on Saturday so I know we can be better tomorrow.”

Marcus Ericsson, P1 – 1:31.421, 22nd; P2 – 1:31.586, 21st
“Like Kamui, for me the low grip levels in both FP1 and FP2 dominated both sessions. I couldn’t really push at all because for most of the day the car was switching from oversteer to understeer the whole way round the lap – to be honest it was a bit like driving on ice which is not what we want!

“For FP2 we made several changes but still had the same issue with grip. The traction levels were also very low and it was difficult applying the power, especially with the car moving around as much as it was. With all of this going on I didn’t have a chance to put in a clean quick lap on the mediums, so the final times today are pretty meaningless for us and I’m sure we’ll bounce back tomorrow. Even with the handling issues today we’ve still completed a good amount laps so we have a lot of data to work through and we’ll get back to where we want to be.”

Cedrik Staudohar, Renault Sport F1 track support leader
“The second session was a step forward and we were able to run the new software upgrades we brought to this race. Everything worked as planned and we were able to complete the tests we required. The upgrades represent a step forward and we were happy with the progress. In FP1 unfortunately we had some issues with the calibration and had to run in a downgraded mode with less than optimal energy management, but we managed to recover in the second session and it should not affect the weekend.”


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