Friday analysis - Ferrari looking quietly confident 27 Aug 2010
Many teams were cautious in reading too much into their performance, since the rain in the morning disrupted things so significantly and with more bad weather possible, they wanted to preserve their three sets of full wet Bridgestone tyres and four sets of intermediates. And as expected, for once Red Bull were not among the pacesetters. We take a team-by-team look at Friday progress at Spa
Fernando Alonso, 2m 00.797s, P1/1m 49.032s, P1
Felipe Massa, 2m 03.601s, P11/1m 49.588s, P5
Alonso as usual cautioned care when interpreting a Friday result, but did admit that it had been a positive day - not surprisingly because he was fastest in both sessions. Massa said he loved being back at Spa after missing last years race, and that his car seemed reasonably competitive.
Adrian Sutil, 2m 02.646s, P5/1m 49.157s, P2
Tonio Liuzzi, 2m 04.145s, P15s/ 1m 51.520s, P16
Sutil looked hooked up all day on a circuit that he loves, and dominated the afternoon session until Alonso pipped him literally in the dying moments. He said his VJM03s balance was good from the start and that the car just picked up grip all the time as track conditions improved. Liuzzi had a tough day as he was running a different programme to Sutil as he tested new parts such as the blown diffuser. That worked okay and the car had good speed into corners, but other things still needed honing.
Lewis Hamilton, 2m 01.567s, P2/1m 49.248s, P3
Jenson Button, 2m 02.913s, P6/1m 49.755s, P7
McLaren need a good result here, and second place for Hamilton in the wet and third in the dry was reason for satisfaction even though he played it down. It was at least clear that the track suited the MP4-25 a lot better than the Hungaroring did, and he said they had made some small steps. Button said that the day - and his car - were reasonable, but he said it in a positive manner.
Robert Kubica, 2m 02.081s, P3/1m 49.282s, P4
Vitaly Petrov, 2m 04.690s, P17/1m 50.251s, P11
Kubica was happier with his Renault than of late and said hed had a good day as they checked out their new F-duct. He looks forward to a better balance tomorrow. Petrov echoed his sentiments about understanding the F-duct and said he could feel the difference in performance with it activated and de-activated.
Sebastian Vettel, 2m 02.450, P4/1m 49.689s, P6
Mark Webber, 2m 02.926s, P7/1m 51.636s, P18
As expected, Red Bull lost their advantage here, but Vettel looked strong all day. Webber reported no problems, despite being only 18th in the afternoon.
Pedro de la Rosa, 2m 03.851s, P14/1m 50.081s, P8
Kamui Kobayashi, 2m 03.401s, P8/1m 50.200s, P10
BMW Sauber looked very strong, with eighth place in each session. De la Rosa was very happy with the way his day went, and concluded that the only place where the C29 was weak was Sector Two, the slower, high-downforce section. Kobayashi said he had no technical problems.
Rubens Barrichello, 2m 03.424s, P9/1m 50.128s, P9
Nico Hulkenberg, 2m 03.649s, P12/1m 50.831s, P15
Barrichello celebrated his 300th GP with ninth place in the afternoons session, but said that limited running left some unanswered questions. Hulkenberg was happy too.
Michael Schumacher, 2m 03.489s, P10/1m 50.341s, P12
Nico Rosberg, 2m 03.654s, P13/1m 50.382s, P13
Schumacher had nothing meaningful to say but Rosberg admitted that hed been plagued by understeer all day as they spent their time trying to get new parts to work properly.
Jaime Alguersuari 2m 04.250s, P16/1m 50.682s, P14
Sebastien Buemi, 2m 05.680s, P18/1m 51.523s, P17
Alguersuari said he had fun driving all through the day and that he hopes for a wet race. Buemi had a gearbox problem in the morning, and didnt perfect his STR05s set-up in the afternoon.
Jarno Trulli, 2m 07.189s, P21/1m 53.639s, P20
Heikki Kovalainen, 2m 07.955s, P23/1m 53.480s, P19
Neither driver reported any significant problems, but Trulli said he was baulked on his last quick run in the second session.
Lucas di Grassi, 2m 06.695s, P20/1m 54.325s, P21
Timo Glock, 2m 05.697s, P19/2m 03.179s, P24
While Di Grassi reported a very productive day, Glock was disgruntled when his VR01 got away from him in the second after he touched a white line and hit the tyre barriers hard.
Bruno Senna, 2m 07.737s, P22/1m 55.751s, P22
Sakon Yamamoto, 2m 10.507s, P24/1m 56.039s, P23
Neither HRT driver had any problems to report, with both just happy to accumulate mileage and data in the varying conditions.