“Fifth and sixth is not what we want, we are not happy with where we finished today, but this is the best we could achieve. We know our limits on this track and where we struggle, the circuit layout and the conditions don’t make it very easy for us and we are a bit stuck with the things we can do. This afternoon the car felt the best it has been in the whole weekend, but obviously we were not fast enough. In Q2 I made it very difficult for myself, I spun at the start of my run with the first new set, and then locked the front wheel on the next one. At my last attempt I was able to make it through to Q3, but these things shouldn’t happen. Race conditions are always different and can change a lot here, usually we are stronger in the race and hopefully tomorrow will be the same. We’ll try to make a good start, make the tires work and take the right decisions”.
“I’m not happy with my lap, the car was better than this morning. I was in a very good lap but I lost the car at Stowe in the first run, trying a bit too hard, then in the second one I went wide in Turn 1 and lost the car from there. On this track it seems we are a bit behind, I think we have done good steps in the past, but probably not enough, also compared to other people, so I think there’s a lot of catching up for us to do. We need to make the car quicker, to put more downforce in it, make it more efficient at the same time, and add a bit of power. Replacing the gearbox is something we have to accept, and we did accept it going into the session. It’s not something that is in your head when you start a race, I look forward for a good one tomorrow, the pace is there, we don’t belong where we start the race, and that’s why I’m quite sure we can make good progress. I hope for a good start, a good first lap and then we’ll see. Maybe we’ll have some rain, anyway we need to keep our head down, keep calm and just go racing and enjoy”.
BRITISH GP – SATURDAY FREE PRACTICE, AN UNCERTAIN OUTCOME
Rain and a red flag cloud the picture
Silverstone, 9 July –The third free practice session at Silverstone got underway on a damp track, with rain having already affected the earlier qualifying session for GP3. Ferrari was fifth on the time sheet courtesy of Sebastian Vettel with a time of 1.32.049, while in the other SF16-H, Kimi Raikkonen did a 1.32.833, which earned him ninth place. Having switched from Intermediate tyres to Mediums, the Ferrari men had to wait a while before using the Softs, because of a red flag after Ericsson crashed his Sauber into the barriers at the exit of Stowe corner. Once the barrier was repaired, Sebastian and Kimi went back out for a qualifying simulation, just as light rain had begun to fall again on some parts of the circuit. Sebastian then aborted his second run. Topping the time sheet was the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton (1.30.904) and Nico Rosberg (1.30.967.)