04 July


Fernando Alonso: This Friday was much like any other and we followed our programme, testing some components and working on set-up in the morning, while evaluating both tyre compounds in the afternoon, looking at the Medium with both qualifying and the race in mind. There were no problems with wear or graining on the softer compound, while in order to correctly evaluate the Hard, we will have to wait for a long run test. For now, I can say its hard to get them up to temperature. Now, as usual, we must analyse everything to understand which components to use tomorrow, although if as predicted, it rains tomorrow, then in reality the data we got today will be more useful for the race. Here, theres always a strong wind and in some corners its a help, while in others its a hindrance, but its the same for everyone. Now, all we can do is wait and see how things turn out.

Kimi Raikkonen: This morning in the first session things went reasonably well. We followed the standard programme, including analysing car behaviour on the Hard tyres and we just had a few problems with traction at some points on the track and a bit of understeer in the high speed corners. In the second session, we made some small changes which did not work and the handling of the car was not the same. Putting a good lap together was really difficult and so we went back to the morning settings, but unfortunately we had the same problems. Now we must find out what happened between the two sessions, even if I think its partly down to the track conditions and the gusts of wind, which were very strong today. Im sure that studying the data will give us the information we need to prepare as well as possible for tomorrow.

Pat Fry: At Silverstone, the weather is often unsettled and that can have a strong influence on the outcome of practice and the race. Therefore, its vital for the drivers to do a lot of laps to get as confident as possible with the car. Today, despite a strong and inconsistent wind, we were able to work through our programme without encountering any particular problems. On both cars, we tried some new aerodynamic components and various electronic settings, while on the power unit front we continued to acquire data useful for our development programme. At the same time, we went through the usual set-up tests to find the most suitable one for this track, as well as paying attention to tyre behaviour over short and long runs. It wasnt easy to find the ideal balance as well as managing the degradation and while Fernando managed to complete a long run, with Kimi, we continued working on set-up to try and resolve some problems that cropped up on his car. Now we must find the best compromise to help both drivers to get the right stability for the rest of the weekend, taking into account that the weather is meant to get worse for tomorrow with a chance of rain.

First Session
ALONSO chassis 302 P3 1:36.263 23 laps
RAIKKONEN chassis 303 P5 1:36.703 23 laps
Weather: air 19/21 C, track 25/31 C. Sunny

Second Session
ALONSO chassis 302 P3 1:35.244 32 laps
RAIKKONEN chassis 303 P9 1:36.554 29 laps
Weather: air 23C, track 32/34 C. Sunny

posted at 22:51:00 on 07/04/14 by webmaster - Category: races