Fri: Lotus, McLaren, Sauber, Manor

Romain Grosjean, Fernando Alonso and Roberto Merhi all spent some time in the gravel in FP2.

Lotus
Pastor Maldonado: "It felt very slippery out there today. The car showed good potential; it’s definitely there, but we still need to work on the balance for high speed corners against slower ones, so we can improve on getting the best out of the tyres. The harder compound is challenging for us, as we have seen all season, although the track is improving a lot lap by lap and there is definitely still grip to come."

Romain Grosjean: "I can’t say I expected to be cleaning my car during the course of the practice session, but when the car came back into the garage I wanted to help my crew to get it ready to return to the track. It wasn’t an easy afternoon on track as we struggled to get the tyres to work the way we would like them to with the different particularities that the circuit presents. We haven’t had time to go over the data yet, but certainly will be working on rectifying what’s been niggling us to get ready for tomorrow’s qualifying session."

McLaren
Fernando Alonso: "Today was more or less as we expected – we did limited running, and just tried to get some quality laps under our belts today. It wasn’t very easy for anyone today – we saw a lot of people going off – but that’s how it is. Hopefully we can find something extra for tomorrow. We’ll take things a step at a time: getting into Q2 will be tough – we need to beat the Saubers if we want to get out of Q1 – so we’ll do our very best tomorrow and then focus on finishing the race. We’re in a difficult situation but we’ll try to get the maximum out of the car. We tested a lot of parts today and I’m sure we’ll make progress tomorrow."

Jenson Button: "We had very limited running today, not all of which was planned – we had to take a little longer than anticipated to change a few parts – but we made a little step with the set-up at the end of the afternoon. There’s still more pace to be found. For us, this weekend will be about understanding the package – every time we get out of the car, we make a step with the balance and the set-up. We’re not going to be looking for points on Sunday, but this can still be a useful weekend for us. Tonight, I think we’ll make some reasonably big set-up changes, and we should be better tomorrow. I’d love to have a good result in front of my home crowd, but that’s going to be difficult this year."

Sauber
Felipe Nasr: "As expected, Silverstone is a challenging circuit for us due to its high-speed corners. From the programme side everything went well. In the morning we tested different car set-ups to find a suitable one for this high speed track, while in FP2 we also did high-fuel runs. We seem to struggle a bit on the medium tyres. Now we have to analyse the collected data to understand in which areas we can improve."

Marcus Ericsson: "It's been a productive day. As I did not do FP1, it took me some time to find a good rhythm on this technical track, but towards the end of the session I felt quite comfortable in the car. We still have to work on the set-up side in order to find a more satisfying balance for the car."

Manor
Will Stevens: "A pretty good start to our home Grand Prix weekend, I think. Our new car developments seem to be working well and there is certainly more to come. The balance feels good, so we’re in a good place to start the weekend and I think we’re in interesting company in terms of the cars around us. The support we have received so far from the home crowd has been incredible, so hopefully we can have a good qualifying tomorrow."

Roberto Merhi: "It has been really good to test the new aero developments that we have for this weekend. I am not quite happy with the car yet and for sure we can continue to improve before qualifying, so we just need to take a good look at the data from today and see how we can achieve this."

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