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Friday practice team reports 2011 Belgian GP

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McLaren: Despite the changeable weather, I think we learnt quite a bit today. We didn’t get quite as many laps’ running in the dry as we’d have liked, but we still made some reasonable progress. I tried a couple of different rear-wing combinations today – and each had their positives and negatives. The wet weather didn’t make it easy to draw… Read Full

Ferrari: Even if I only managed a few laps in the dry, my initial feeling is positive; the car is well balanced and there are no major changes needed for the rest of the weekend. Sure, it’s always difficult to get a complete picture after a day like this, but as I said at the start, we have got off on the right foot. That is important because it’s never nice to have to make a major set-up change from Friday to SaturdayRead Full

Red Bull: The weather was a little bit up and down today – we got some dry running in, but only around four laps: two laps on the soft tyre and two on e the medium. Otherwise we were just doing general housekeeping, looking at ride heights, brake balance and all that stuff before we get the car to the limit. We need to get out there and get theRead Full

Mercedes GP: It was quite difficult out there today in typical Spa conditions, but we still managed to have two good practice sessions. We learned a few things in both the dry and the wet, and managed to do some tests for both the race and qualifying, so I’m quite positive ahead of tomorrow…Read Full

Force India: We knew it was going to be wet today, but hoped the rain would not arrive until the afternoon, which is why I drove FP1 and Nico drove FP2. As it happened the morning was wet with quite a heavy shower early on, which made the track wet for nearly the whole session…Read Full

Sauber: It was a very difficult day for everyone with the changing weather conditions. Nevertheless I enjoyed driving a Formula One car here for the first time, and at least we managed to do some work with the soft tyre compound in the second session. Now we have to carefully analyse the data for both wet… Read Full

Williams: Conditions were quite difficult today because it wasn’t completely wet or completely dry. But I think it was a positive day and I’m looking forward to tomorrow. We need to improve more in the wet but in the dry the car felt well balanced… Read Full 

Toro Rosso: It’s always nice to come to Spa, a track that all the drivers like as it’s a great feeling pushing the car to the limit here. Of course the changeable weather made life difficult, but we still got through a lot of work and acquired plenty of data to look at tonight. The car feels fast and I am sure there is more to come, as we did not run the softer, faster tyre in the dry today... Read Full

Virgin Racing: It’s been a typical Friday in Spa and we could say that the weather dictated the day today. We were able to drive in wet and dry conditions and the car felt good. The morning session was not too bad and in the afternoon we tried to do some running in dry conditions, which was okay… Read Full
Team-Lotus: Despite it being a typical Spa day it was still pretty positive for me. We obviously knew what the conditions would be and had a plan to work around that, so we managed to get through most of what we wanted on the tyres, engine and setup and I think we’re ok for quali when it looks like it’ll be similar weather… Read Full

HRT: It is good to be back although we haven’t had the sessions we were hoping for. Today was a typical day at Spa with unpredictable weather and it is a shame that we couldn’t test as much as we wanted. We understood a few things about the car under wet conditions but, of course, we would have liked to have a lot more information on the dry. We were only able to do five laps in these conditions but I am sure we could have gone quicker with a few… Read Full


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