The comments came after the two Friday practice sessions where the German managed to complete both qualifying and race runs. He felt that the cars one lap pace was still strong but he was not so sure on their long run speed.
Speaking in a team press release he said “It seems that we are quick again on one lap but we need to focus very much on achieving a good race pace. There is still a lot work to do but in general I felt that we had a good test programme today and learned quite a lot.”
However he admitted that managing tyre wear in the conditions that the drivers faced was tricky. “It’s difficult to manage the tyres in these conditions and we have seen a lot of graining today because of the lower temperatures.”
Team-mate Hamilton was unsure on how much the team’s upgrade package had improved the car’s performance, but overall praised the team for their hard work. “The team have done a great job to bring our upgrades here this weekend and whilst I could feel the impact immediately, it’s difficult to quantify how much of an improvement has been made at this early stage.”
He felt that his pace in the morning session was strong but felt the car was less balanced in the afternoon, leaving the Brackley based squad with plenty of work to do. “After the first session this morning, I felt there was some good promise and the car was well-balanced but I was a little less happy in the different conditions this afternoon. We’ll keep working on it tonight and see if we can make tomorrow a little better.”
Team Principal Ross Brawn shared a slightly contrasting view, feeling that the team saw “some signs of improvement” with their race pace but that they would have to look at the data in more detail to make any more conclusions, teams still being unsure on the impact of their upgrade packages.
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