03 July

2015 British Grand Prix - Practice

Silverstone, Jul 03, 2015
Eventful opening day for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS as temperatures and competition hot up at Silverstone
Nico topped both practice sessions with Lewis finishing the morning in second and the afternoon in fourth on the time sheets
An eventful opening session saw a spin for Lewis and a hydraulic problem for Nico in the early stages
A fantastic effort from the crew, performing a gearbox change in just 42 minutes, saw Nico back on track before the end of P1
The team did, however, receive a reprimand for covering Nicos car upon its return to pit lane
Both cars ran the prime (hard) tyre in P1, the prime and option (medium) compound in P2

Nico Rosberg F1 W06 Hybrid/04
P1 12 Laps 1:34.274 P01
P2 34 Laps 1:34.155 P01
Lewis Hamilton F1 W06 Hybrid/05
P1 26 Laps 1:34.344 P02
P2 23 Laps 1:34.621 P04

Weather Dry, clear, warm
Temperatures Air: 19 24C Track: 32 47C

Nico Rosberg
It was a difficult start to the weekend with the issue in P1 - but incredible to see the crew get my car back on track before the end of the session. It really was a top job, so a big thanks to them for that. I was then able to attack for a few laps right at the end which was great. In the afternoon it went a bit better - but there were also some little problems here and there and the car felt not quite perfect. It's a very demanding track with lots of different types of corners and there's still a lot work to do for us to find the right set up. In general, though, it's great to see so many people out there already today in the stands. A special 'cheers' to all our factory team-mates who came out today too. We'll push for a strong result for them this weekend, so here's keeping those fingers crossed!

Lewis Hamilton
Its generally been a good day. Not perfect and weve got some work to do overnight but the pace is decent. I didnt have the ideal balance on the long runs and Ive got a bit of work to do on setup. But otherwise its all been good. The tyres feel strong it doesnt take too long to warm them up which is a positive. Ive also gone back on clutch setup which feels really good so far just like it did in the first few races. So, overall, its looking like a positive start. Saying that, Ferrari look strong again here and they were right there with us today, so it should be a good battle. Hopefully well find a bit more tomorrow otherwise we could find ourselves in trouble. I have to say, the fans have been fantastic this weekend already. The level of support is just incredible and its only Friday! Fortunately the weather has been good so far and I hope it continues that way for everyone out there cheering us on.

Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport
That was a pretty tricky couple of sessions today: although the basic performance looked good on the short runs and the long runs, the car was a bit of a handful for Nico and Lewis. There were some crosswinds to cope with, like you get at Silverstone, and the track temperatures were much higher than what has been forecast for the race on Sunday. In terms of the headline times, Nico put in a decent lap in FP2 while it didnt come together for Lewis, so we need to analyse the car carefully to identify the reason for that. Overall, we have a good platform for the weekend, so now we need to make the right decisions and turn that into a strong qualifying performance tomorrow. It was also fantastic to know that so many of our team-mates from Brackley and Brixworth were in the grandstands today, and that made it all the more satisfying to grab the fastest times in both sessions.

Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical)
It wasnt the easiest start to the weekend with a hydraulic problem in Nicos gearbox during the early phases of P1. The crew did an incredible job changing the gearbox and getting the car back out for a run on fresh tyres within 42 minutes of it returning to the garage, which was a fantastic team effort. Lewis had a more normal programme. P2 took place in much warmer conditions unusually hot, in fact, for Silverstone. Both cars were struggling a little with balance, so we tried a number of different setup changes looking to find the best direction. Weve got plenty of work ahead this evening to get things spot on for the drivers ahead of what looks like being a close battle this weekend.

posted at 21:32:00 on 07/03/15 by webmaster - Category: races