Nico Rosberg had a very good Friday as he was fastest in both practice sessions while Red Bull also impressed.
Nico Rosberg: "It was a difficult start to the weekend with the issue in P1 – but incredible to see the crew get my car back on track before the end of the session. It really was a top job, so a big thanks to them for that. I was then able to attack for a few laps right at the end which was great. In the afternoon it went a bit better – but there were also some little problems here and there and the car felt not quite perfect. It's a very demanding track with lots of different types of corners and there's still a lot work to do for us to find the right set up. In general, though, it's great to see so many people out there already today in the stands. A special 'cheers' to all our factory team-mates who came out today too. We'll push for a strong result for them this weekend, so here's keeping those fingers crossed!"
Lewis Hamilton: "It's generally been a good day. Not perfect – and we've got some work to do overnight – but the pace is decent. I didn't have the ideal balance on the long runs and I've got a bit of work to do on setup. But otherwise it's all been good. The tyres feel strong – it doesn't take too long to warm them up which is a positive. I've also gone back on clutch setup which feels really good so far – just like it did in the first few races. So, overall, it's looking like a positive start. Saying that, Ferrari look strong again here and they were right there with us today, so it should be a good battle. Hopefully we'll find a bit more tomorrow otherwise we could find ourselves in trouble. I have to say, the fans have been fantastic this weekend already. The level of support is just incredible – and it's only Friday! Fortunately the weather has been good so far and I hope it continues that way for everyone out there cheering us on."
Kimi Raikkonen: "Today we tried to do the maximum in the practice and it looks good, but it’s only Friday. It was not an easy day, anyway we learned something. We still have to improve and try to make it a bit more straightforward. We have no idea what the others were doing in the long run, we were focused on our session. The medium compound seems to be pretty ok, while the hard one is more difficult. For some reason I struggled a bit with that, but I don’t know if it was down to that set in particular or if the compound itself is more tricky here."
Sebastian Vettel: "We didn’t have any issues with the car and, more or less, we got through everything we wanted to do. Still I’m not entirely happy with the car yet. Some of the things we tried were good and others were not so good. Now we have to make sure to have only the best things in the car tomorrow. Then I hope we can do a step forward. This track is a lot about finding the rhythm. About the tyres, I can say that it is only Friday, and not everybody was able to get everything out of both compounds. Anything can happen tomorrow and our main opponents will certainly be very strong, but if we can confirm today’s result, that would be good."
Daniil Kvyat: "The car felt comfortable today and we got through our programme. It’s looking good for us so far, but it’s only Friday so we have the weekend ahead and it is too early to make any predictions. We have some upgrades and they are giving us what we need, more or less. I think tomorrow we will know more about where we are with our pace. We’ll be working hard tonight to make the car go as fast as possible for tomorrow, as will all the teams."
Daniel Ricciardo: "We had a pretty good day today and I think we look alright for now. The positions are relatively good and I think we can gain some more lap time. We want to get a little bit more out of the car and if we can make the steps we think we can for tomorrow, we should be looking better."