Paul Di Resta and Adrian Sutil both feel encouraged by their pace after the two Friday practice sessions. However, they are both pleased for differing reasons. Sutil felt more confident on the super-soft tyre and is aiming for the top 10 in qualifying, who;e Di Resta was happy with the pace on the medium compound and is confident in his long-run pace.
Between the two of them, only Sutil managed to sneak into the top 10 during the second practice session. Di Resta completed 18 laps in first practice on route to 15th place and could only manage the 13th fastest lap in the second session.
Speaking in a team statement about his day at the office, Di Resta said: “We made good progress between the sessions and we certainly look quite competitive over the long runs. So I’d say that compared to previous years things are looking positive because we seem to be getting the car in a similar zone to last year, where it worked well. Some more gains overnight would be welcome so we will focus on some of the finer details to try and keep moving forward.”
Team-mate Adrian Sutil set the 16th fastest lap time in FP1 but managed to finish ninth in the second session. Discussing his Friday running he said: “It’s encouraging to be back in the top ten and if we can do a similar run tomorrow with the super-soft tyres I think we can aim for the top ten in qualifying. The main thing we need to work on tonight is our performance on the medium tyre because I was more comfortable on the super-softs.”
Team principal Vijay Mallya was equally positive after practice. He was encouraged by Sutil’s pace on the super-soft tyre and is confident that the team can aim for the top 10 in qualifying: “As usual it’s difficult to read too much from the Friday times, but the general feeling is that we’ve made some good progress today. We saw some gains in the afternoon session and the long run pace looked encouraging. Adrian moved up to ninth when we fitted the super-soft tyres, so we will look to repeat that with both cars tomorrow during qualifying.”
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