"Overall from my experience driving the track I enjoyed it quite a lot.
It is my favourite on the calendar, so I was looking forward to driving
these cars around here. It is good fun with lots of high speed. In
general, in P1, the first runs were not so bad and then we had an issue
which took away a bit of the programme. We tried some things going into
P2 which didn’t really work out in terms of the feeling of the car. I
was not at the pace I wanted to be. I was struggling with consistency,
as well as some consistency in my own driving that carried over into the
high fuel runs which I wasn’t happy with. I think we have an idea of why
it was so difficult, but we definitely have a lot to analyse tonight."
"It was difficult out there today, the pace was ok, probably where
we expected it to be. As a team this circuit does not suit our car as
much as Hungary. The Alfa Romeos seem pretty fast so I think we will be
in competition with Haas this weekend. We are trying to find the right
compromise between downforce and drag. We have got a lot of straights
here but a lot of high-speed corners so you need to try and run as
little as you can without compromising Copse, Maggotts and Becketts.
Silverstone is my home race, last year was such a buzz with all the fans
and sadly we don’t have that this year. However, the excitement levels
are more because of the pace of the car. We are still not where we want
to be but at least we have a small fighting chance."
Dave Robson, Senior Race Engineer:
"Although each of today’s sessions were interrupted by red
flags, we still worked through most of our plan. Each driver looked at
different set-up trades as we sought to balance the performance on the
straights and the high-speed corners. The hot blustery conditions made
this a little difficult, but between the cars we gained enough
experience to get the best compromise for tomorrow.
The conditions are expected to be a little different on Saturday and if
the wind changes direction then we may need to make some further
compromises. However, that is normal for Silverstone and the other teams
will face the same dilemmas.
Compared to Hungary we thought that we might struggle a little more
here, but we made decent progress today and we are a bit closer to our
competitors than we feared. The car is working reasonably well, and we
will see how things pan out when it really matters tomorrow afternoon,
but we are hoping to be able to challenge for Q2."