Fri: Toro Rosso, Haas, Renault, Sauber

Toro Rosso

Daniil Kvyat: “I’m happy because we were able to complete many useful laps today and we will now try to learn from it all overnight in order to make further steps forward. Overall, I think both of today’s practice sessions were beneficial for us and hopefully we can capitalise on all of this tomorrow.”

Carlos Sainz: “FP2 was all about catching up after unfortunately missing out on FP1 – obviously, this isn’t the ideal track for this to happen, so we needed to do a lot of laps and build it up nicely this afternoon. The catch-up will continue tomorrow in FP3 because one session is not enough to fully recover. We will now keep pushing and get ready for tomorrow!”

Haas

Romain Grosjean: “It was a decent day. We’ve tried a few setup items. It was good that it stayed dry. I enjoy driving the track here. It’s always a big challenge, but pretty good fun. We’re working on the setup of the cars – trying to get a bit more performance. It looks like there are some pretty tight lap times, not at the front, but from, I would say, Force India, ourselves, Toro Rosso and Renault are up there. It’s going to be key to find the last few tenths. I’m happy with the car. The long run wasn’t too bad. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

Kevin Magnussen: “It was a decent day. We’ve tried a few setup items. It was good that it stayed dry. I enjoy driving the track here. It’s always a big challenge, but pretty good fun. We’re working on the setup of the cars – trying to get a bit more performance. It looks like there are some pretty tight lap times, not at the front, but from, I would say, Force India, ourselves, Toro Rosso and Renault are up there. It’s going to be key to find the last few tenths. I’m happy with the car. The long run wasn’t too bad. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”“It was a good day for us. I really enjoyed driving on the track. The car felt good, initially. There are a few places we can improve, which we’re working on for tomorrow, so let’s see how we go. It should be warmer tomorrow, with less clouds, so the track should be warmer and the tires easier to get working. I’m happy with the day.”

Renault

Nico Hulkenberg: “That was a standard Friday for us and we did everything we needed to do. As ever, I think we can make some more improvements to the car ahead of qualifying tomorrow and I’m confident there’s a bit more pace to come from me too. It was great to get out on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in this car, as it’s one of my very favourite circuits.”

Jolyon Palmer: “We had to chase balance a bit at the start of the day, but that’s normal on a green, temporary circuit. We made good progress through the sessions and we learnt a decent amount about both set-up and the tyres. There’s certainly a better feeling from the Ultrasoft tyres, which you’d expect. There’s more to come and I’m really looking forward to qualifying.”

Sauber:

Marcus Ericsson: “We had a decent day, especially on the supersoft tryes in both FP1 and FP2. We weren’t able to reach our full potential on the ultrasofts, so we have to work on understanding the reasons for that. In the afternoon we focused on race preparation on supersoft tyres.”

Pascal Wehrlein: “Today was a challenging day – we collected lots of data on the soft tyres in FP1, but in my opinion they were just a bit too hard for this track. In the afternoon we focused on short-runs and a long-run on ultrasoft tyres. We made a change to the aerodynamic configurations, which was not ideal because I did not feel comfortable with the balance of the car. I am confident that we can sort this out for tomorrow.”

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