Abu Dhabi

Last Race: 23rd Nov Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Felipe Massa
3 Valtteri Bottas

Thur: Williams, FIndia, McLaren, Sauber

Thursday 22nd May 2014

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Thur: Williams, FIndia, McLaren, Sauber

Thur: Williams, FIndia, McLaren, Sauber

There were top ten times in Thursday's practice in Monte Carlo for Valtteri Bottas, both Force Indias and the McLaren drivers...

Williams:
Valtteri Bottas: "It's great to be here in Monaco and good fun with the current cars. There are still some improvements we can make to be quicker and the rain didn't help in the afternoon, but we do have some good data to work from. Saturday will be vital in the morning for set-up and of course qualifying around Monaco is key to having a good weekend. Overall I am feeling positive and I'm looking forward to getting back in the car."

Felipe Massa: "Today was a tough day. I had some issues this morning with the power unit sensor so that limited my running, or at least the amount I could push. This afternoon it was wet and so I only went out at the end of the session and then suffered with traffic. The car is quick and Valtteri has shown that, so qualifying on Saturday will be very important."

Force India:
Sergio Perez: "The day was disturbed by the weather so the work we have done is quite limited. I feel quite happy with the car and we ran in the top eight all day so it's been positive. That's where we need to be aiming for Saturday because qualifying well here is so important. There are still quite a few unknowns because I did not manage to do any long runs or race preparation, but it's the same for everyone."

Nico Hulkenberg: "The wet weather did not give us an opportunity to run much this afternoon, but I feel we have made the most of the time available this morning. In terms of performance the car is feeling okay and we just need to make some set-up tweaks and work on the balance before Saturday. The focus has to be on qualifying here because it's even more important than at any other track. So we just need to optimise the car to be ready for Saturday."

McLaren:
Jenson Button: "It's fantastic to be back at Monaco - it's such a crazy circuit, and always a lot of fun. In the dry, these turbo cars actually feel nice around here, although there's not too much mechanical grip, which makes it more difficult. The Supersoft is a reasonable tyre, but it's trickier in the wet - the Intermediates aren't really working, even when the circuit's almost dry. You're wheel-spinning in fifth gear, which is an unusual feeling. Yesterday, I said that the new asphalt in the middle sector might lack grip, but I'm really pleased to be able to say that the organisers have done a fantastic job with the fresh surface. A lot of circuits could learn from the job they've done with the asphalt here: considering it's brand new, it's really good - there's so much grip. I just hope we can get some dry-weather running on Saturday morning - I think everyone needs a little more track time to complete their set-up work."

Kevin Magnussen: "We didn't have any issues today - we just lack overall downforce. When our aerodynamicists get on top of that, hopefully we'll be able to maintain that good balance and make some good progress. We haven't done enough set-up work yet to be able to fully gauge our progress, but I felt comfortable driving the car. Of course, there are things to improve, but we're taking it step by step. It was good fun driving the track today - the electronics mean you don't really feel the impact of the turbo, so it's not really like the old days, but I'm really looking forward to low fuel and new tyres for qualifying on Saturday!"

Sauber:
Adrian Sutil: "At the end of FP2, we were able to run a few laps on supersoft tyres, which worked out well. The car's balance is decent. In general, we still have issues which we need to solve. The driveability needs to be improved. During acceleration and braking it is still difficult to keep the car under control. In FP1 I had a snap oversteer in turn 5, so I touched the barrier. The tyres were not up to temperature and it was difficult to keep the car under control. However, it was my mistake."

Esteban Gutierrez: "Overall it was a good day. We lost valuable time in FP2 due to the weather conditions. During the session in the morning we made some changes to the car and it was getting better. We were able to improve lap by lap. I think we worked in the right direction. In FP2 I could only run for a few laps, so it is not representative due to the conditions and the traffic on track. We will analyse what we were able to gather during FP1 and FP2 and put everything together for tomorrow."

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