PASCAL AND RIO MAKE GOOD PROGRESS ON HOME ASPHALT, COMPLETING THEIR PLANNED TESTING PROGRAMME
Friday 8 July, Silverstone Circuit
Pascal MRT05-03 FP1 P21 25 laps 1:36.136 / FP2 P17 40 laps 1:34.549
Rio MRT05-02 FP1 P22 29 laps 1:36.647 / FP2 P21 36 laps 1:35.841
How was your day, Pascal?
“We came here with the expectation that we would perhaps struggle slightly more than in Austria. Our tyre management was better there, whereas today we are seeing the same issues we experienced in the races before that. Having said that, we seem to have made some progress in FP2.”
What about your expectations for tomorrow?
“At this stage I prefer to wait until after FP3 to see if we can continue to make some progress, but I would like to think we can have a good fight with Sauber and Renault. A lot will depend on the weather, I think.”
Rio, Silverstone is a track that you are very familiar with from GP2. Good to be back?
“Yes, it’s one of my favourites. It’s very fast and flowing, very high speed, but with a tricky final sector where you have some slow corners. I think we found a good rhythm this morning, but this afternoon we tried an alternative direction and it didn’t work out so well. It’s good to have that confirmation of our FP1 direction.”
Do you think you can have a competitive weekend here at the team’s home race?
“I hope so. It’s always too early to say how we’ll fare in the race – until the race – but we did some long runs and that will enable us to measure ourselves against Renault and Sauber and see what we need to do for the rest of the weekend.”
A word with Dave Ryan, Racing Director:
“It’s been a good day of testing and evaluation to confirm our direction for the rest of the weekend. It’s not simply a case of picking up where we left off in Austria unfortunately; this is a very different track with its own challenges. There’s some room for improvement into tomorrow and only then will we get a true picture of how we’re looking versus the cars around us.”