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Pos Driver
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2 Nico Rosberg
3 Valtteri Bottas

Fri: Merc, Ferrari, Williams, McLaren

Friday 5th September 2014

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Fri: Merc, Ferrari, Williams, McLaren

Fri: Merc, Ferrari, Williams, McLaren

Lewis Hamilton had another nightmare FP2 session, but there were good signs for Ferrari and McLaren.

Mercedes
Nico Rosberg:
"It seems that we are quick on one lap but on the long run the others were very fast. I didn't feel 100 per cent confident in the car, so I can't be happy with today and I have a lot of work to do tonight with the boys. It's really great to be back on such a traditional track here at Monza with all the history. Now being here with this quick Silver Arrow makes it very special for me. The fans are very enthusiastic as always and also very kind to us. I'm really looking forward to the weekend."

Lewis Hamilton: "I felt really good after the practice session this morning and we have definitely got a competitive car this weekend. Unfortunately we lost some track time this afternoon but the guys did a great job to get me back out so I got a few laps at least. We made some changes over lunch and then another during the session and, although I didn't have a lot of laps, the car feels great. Hopefully I'll be able to have the full session tomorrow and get some good running. Monza is quite an important circuit to put the car at the front as it's very difficult to overtake here. It would be great to have a trouble-free qualifying tomorrow afternoon."

Ferrari
Kimi Raikkonen:
"That was a very busy day, but a positive one. We made the most of every minute available to us in both sessions, managing to try everything we had on our programme. In the morning, we concentrated on assessing different aero configurations, in search of the best level of downforce. Then in the afternoon, we opted for an intermediate solution that seemed to produce the best results on both compounds. The difference between the Medium and the Hard is more or less what we expected; the softer one behaves well, but in terms of driveability, I found the Hard wasn't bad either."

Fernando Alonso: "For various reasons, Friday in Monza is always a bit different to the others, with a special significance for our team in the weekend of its home race. The track characteristics also make it one of a kind: here you run with low aerodynamic downforce, you feel the car is quicker down the straights and lighter in the corners and, as was the case today, you need to try different downforce levels. In general, I'm happy with the work we did on set-up and tyres and especially with the time I did with a heavy fuel load. Towards the end, we were worried we had a problem, but to banish any doubt, we went out for another lap and everything seemed back to normal. Now, we are preparing for tomorrow and we hope to do well for all the fans who were already here today cheering us on from the stands."

Williams
Valtteri Bottas:
"We tested the new aero package today which works well. With the low downforce the car does slide a bit more, but it's manageable. I am really pleased with the long run pace, but think there is a little more to get from it. Qualifying is going to be tight tomorrow, so we are all ready to work hard tonight and find all the gains we can."

Felipe Massa: "The day was ok; we have a lot of work to do overnight and some more tomorrow. We can still make improvements and move further up to be a strong challenger to the teams at the top. We have worked hard throughout the day and completed our programme, so tomorrow we will be able to compare our pace to everyone else's."

McLaren
Jenson Button:
"There's still some work for us to do, but, all in all, it's been a relatively good day for us. Our single-lap pace looks quite good, but we're probably lacking in race pace compared with some of the other teams. Still, it's always difficult to know where you are on a Friday - we don't yet know quite where we stand. The revised run-off at Parabolica is still slower, if you go off-track, but now you don't get penalised. I'm definitely carrying more speed into that corner than I did last year - because you're less wary of the gravel exit, which is no longer there. It's different, but I'm still not sure whether I like it. Looking at tyre wear, it's going to be a one- or two-stopper around here, but the warmer weather that's forecast could make it easier to blister the tyres. And that could make the strategy a little trickier for everyone."

Kevin Magnussen: "I think the high-fuel runs this afternoon were pretty promising. Our straight-line speed and braking both feel good, so I think we should be able to race reasonably strongly with this car, which is pretty important around here. Hopefully, we should be able to get a good qualifying result - but I'd rather have good race pace than good quali pace. I think a low-downforce track with big braking zones - areas where our car is usually quite strong - means that we should definitely be trying to get a decent result this weekend."

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