Friday analysis - all systems normal (for now) 05 Nov 2010
The first day of practice in Brazil confirmed expected form as everyone got used to track conditions and set up their cars around Bridgestones medium and super-soft tyres, though with rain expected, Saturday could be a different story. We take a team-by-team look at progress so far
Sebastian Vettel, 1m 12.328s, P1/1m 11.968s, P1
Mark Webber, 1m 12.810s, P2/1m 12.072s, P2
Vettel wasnt getting too carried away with his days performance and said the balance needed work, but he was happy enough. Webber was also pleased to complete his programme without anything untoward happening and felt the RB6 worked well in the conditions.
Fernando Alonso, 1m 14.246s, P13/1m 12.328s, P3
Felipe Massa, 1m 14.267s, P14/1m 12.677s, P5
Alonso lost an engine in the morning but got going well in the afternoon and will clearly be a strong threat to the Red Bulls tomorrow and in the race. He said his engine would have been changed between sessions in any case. Massa was also fast, but in session two hit the Turn Two kerb pretty hard. That was enough to activate one of the Ferraris electronic systems which stopped the clutch working, so he lost the rest of the session. It was a problem that the team had never previously encountered.
Lewis Hamilton, 1m 12.845s, P3/1m 12.656s, P4
Jenson Button, 1m 13.267s, P4/1m 13.206s, P7
Hamilton was happy with the way his McLaren went and had a problem-free day, though he felt that the MP4-25 still lacks ultimate aero grunt. Button played around all day with the balance as he tried new components, and reported good behaviour in the high-speed stuff but poor grip in the lower-speed corners.
Robert Kubica, 1m 13.370s, P5/1m 12.882s, P6
Vitaly Petrov, 1m 14.370, P15/1m 13.818s, P15
Kubica had a reasonable day and completed his programme, but said he wasnt happy with the Renault R30s balance as he struggled with inconsistent handling and lack of grip. Petrov blotted his copybook for the third race in a row by crashing heavily in the morning, and was subdued in the afternoon.
Nico Rosberg, 1m 13.516s, P6/1m 13.333s, P9
Michael Schumacher, 1m 13.643s, P8/1m 13.346s, P10
The two Mercedes drivers were more evenly matched that at any other time this year, but while Rosberg said he was happy with the days progress, Schumacher said he was disappointed by the gap to the front runners.
Nick Heidfeld, 1m 14.000s, P10/1m 13.222,s P8
Kamui Kobayashi, 1m 14.004s, P11/1m 13.610s, P12
BMW Sauber looked quite strong again, and Heidfeld said that was an unexpected surprise as he wasnt yet on the edge. Kobayashi had some wayward moments in both sessions and said he wasnt happy with his C29s balance.
Rubens Barrichello, 1m 13.546s, P7/1m 13.520s, P11
Nico Hulkenberg, 1m 14.155s, P12/1m 13.725s, P13
No problems for Williams, as Barrichello completed his programme and Hulkenberg quickly learned the track.
Adrian Sutil, 1m 13.918s, P9/1m 13.741s, P14
Tonio Liuzzi, 1m 14.487s, P16/1m 14.045s, P16
Sutil and Liuzzi again looked pretty evenly matched until the German found a few tenths at the end of the second session. He reported his VJM03 to be well balanced and consistent. Liuzzi had yet another problem with his cars F-duct in the morning, but said it was okay in the afternoon, when the balance wasnt good enough.
Sebastien Buemi, 1m 14.734s, P18/1m 14.304s, P17
Jaime Alguersuari 1m 14.618s, P17/1m 14.578s, P18
Buemi had a problem with a long brake pedal early in the afternoon but once that was sorted he was quite happy. Alguersuari had a difficult day with both understeer and oversteer plaguing his STR05. He also had a minor brush with Schumacher in Turn One.
Jarno Trulli, 1m 15.603s, P19/1m 14.984s, P19
Heikki Kovalainen, 1m 16.057s, P21/1m 15.101s, P20
Lotus enjoyed the most trouble-free day of their year and both drivers were very happy with the way the T127s handled and their speed as they easily led the newcomers race.
Lucas di Grassi (afternoon only), 1m 15.433s, P21
Timo Glock, 1m 15.860s, P20/1m 16.150s, P24
Jerome dAmbrosio (morning only), 1m 16.707s, P22
DAmbrosio was happy with the aero evaluation programme he conducted during his morning run, while di Grassi was really excited to drive an F1 car at Interlagos for the first time and was quicker than Glock, who struggled on the option tyre.
Bruno Senna, 1m 17.360s, P24/1m 16.070s, P22
Christian Klien 1m 16.839s, P23/1m 16.082s, P23
The two HRT drivers proved very evenly matched. Senna was really happy racing at home in F1 for the first time and said he made good progress with set-up in the afternoon. Klien quickly reacclimatised to the F110, but lost some running time in both sessions after second gear broke towards the end of the first.
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