Romain Grosjean posted the fifth quickest time in FP1 with Renault’s Jolyon Palmer the only driver not to set a time.
Romain Grosjean: "It wasn't a great afternoon for anyone, for us, the fans, the TV viewers, anyone waking up back in Europe. We managed a few laps in the morning, which is better than nothing, and I've got a few ideas of work we need to do and where we need to go. We were planning to try that in FP2 but, obviously, that didn't happen. It's going to be a very busy Saturday morning and we're going to think about what the race is going to be. The car didn't feel too bad, so I'm pretty encouraged by that. We'll see how things develop through the weekend."
Kevin Magnussen: "There was nothing really learned today, so hopefully we can get some driving in tomorrow. The forecast is meant to be better. We'll see. We want to drive, we want to be on track, but it was out of our control, so what can we do?"
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Jolyon Palmer: “In terms of track time we ran faultlessly today; unfortunately the weather circumstances meant it was only for three installation laps. It was pretty slippey-slidey out there, but I was happy with both the wet and intermediate tyres for the limited time I used them. It’s a shame for the fans and I’m hoping for everyone’s sake that the weather improves tomorrow.”
Nico Hulkenberg: “Unfortunately there’s not much to say about today. I did get one flying lap on the intermediate tyres but that was it. We made a front wing adjustment and I was starting another flying lap when I was caught out and spun at the entry to turn three. Sadly the car ended up in the gravel so that was the end of my session. Running was stopped shortly afterwards due to the helicopter issue so we didn’t lose out today. FP2 was a real shame for everyone.”
Antonio Giovinazzi: “Unfortunately, there was almost no running today, so we could not work through our planned programme – but it was the same for everyone. I hope this will change tomorrow so that we can have some track time before going into qualifying.”
Marcus Ericsson: “We were only able to run a couple of laps in FP1 under virtual safety car. It is disappointing for all of us and for the fans. Hopefully, the weather conditions will be better for the rest of the weekend, so that we can put on a good show.”
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