Abu Dhabi

Last Race: 23rd Nov Abu Dhabi

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

Fri: Red Bull, McLaren, Lotus, Ferrari

Friday 2nd November 2012

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Fri: Red Bull, McLaren, Lotus, Ferrari

Fri: Red Bull, McLaren, Lotus, Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel set the pace in Friday's second practice in Abu Dhabi, edging the McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button...

Red Bull:
Sebastian Vettel: "I think we can be happy with today. Overall we got a good lap on the soft tyres, but in general pace the McLaren's were quick and seem competitive, so they're the ones we need to look out for and beat. We need to improve the car overnight to qualify as high as we can tomorrow."

Mark Webber: "We had a KERS issue, which wasn't the same as last week. It never helps to miss some running on the track during practice, but it's not a big deal. The track will move around a little bit from where it is now, but not a huge amount; it's in pretty good shape straightaway. We'll get it fixed tonight and come back tomorrow."

McLaren:
Lewis Hamilton: "Our car looked good in FP1, but FP2 was a little bit more of a challenge for me. It was quite tricky to get a good time from the Option [tyre], so tonight we'll need to do some work around figuring out how to switch our Options on. We anticipated that Sebastian [Vettel] would be quick - and, in FP2, in particular, the Red Bulls duly picked up pace. But, as I say, our car was quick in FP1, and very near the top of the time-sheets all day, so we've got plenty to build on. We'll work as hard as we can tonight, as always, and, if we can get ahead of the Red Bulls in qualifying tomorrow, it'll be a huge bonus for us."

Jenson Button: "Overall, our car has been working pretty well today - we're certainly in better shape here than we were in India last weekend. Everything seems to be working well, and the car is fun to drive. There are some small areas where we need to improve, but we know what we need to do. It's going to be crucial to get the Options working well for qualifying tomorrow. I wanted to do plenty of laps during my long run today, since I missed out on quite a lot of long-run running on Friday in Delhi - and that set me back for the rest of the Indian Grand Prix weekend. I'm pleased to report that our car feels reasonably good over a long run here, so now we're going to be focusing on understanding just how hard we can push the tyre during a long run. If our race pace can be as quick as the Red Bulls', then that's probably even more important for Sunday's race than qualifying in front of them on Saturday will be."

Lotus F1:
Romain Grosjean: "Looking at today's times I think it's possible for us to be battling nearer to those ahead of us this weekend, as I think we can still improve our lap times. I did not drive the best lap of my life with the option tyres today; with the first set of options you put on you have to go for it, so I think I can still improve a little bit. To get in front of the cars ahead of us will be difficult, but we will try, so why not? We had some updates that worked well, so we will keep them."

Kimi Raikkonen: "We were good on Friday in India and we've been strong again here in Abu Dhabi today. We tried a few new parts on the car in both sessions and we have some things to go through before tomorrow. Our lap times seem to be pretty okay so far; hopefully we can find a little bit more pace for tomorrow in practice and then again for the qualifying session."

Ferrari:
Fernando Alonso: "The day just ended was a Friday like any other, during which we got through everything on our programme. The morning session was dedicated to a comparison of various aerodynamic solutions, while in the afternoon, we concentrated on the tyres. Between the first and second sessions, the track changed a lot, which to be honest was predictable, because there aren't many races here over the weekend: at the start, it seemed very dirty but then it improved a lot and tomorrow, it will definitely be even better."

Felipe Massa: "We got through everything on our job list, which is always a good thing, both in the first and second free practice sessions. We tested the tyres in the usual way - first on a low fuel load and then with a lot more - to evaluate them over a long run. From what we could see, over a long run we are reasonably competitive, but less so on a single flying lap. Sure, it would be better if we were a bit quicker, but we will see what the situation is when it really matters, which means to say tomorrow afternoon in qualifying."

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