British Grand Prix - “A pretty decent day”

14 Jul 2017

Scuderia Ferrari drivers convinced that further progress can be made

Silverstone – As is typical of Fridays, Scuderia Ferrari drivers had a lot of things to get through in the two practice sessions. For what it’s worth on a day in which neither points nor grid places are given, P2 ended with Kimi setting the third fastest lap time of 1’28”828, with Seb a close fourth at 1’28”956. A new engine had been fitted to the SF70H since morning and different fuel levels were tested during both sessions.

“It was a pretty decent day”, said Kimi, “a bit more straightforward session than on other occasions, and we had no issues. Since this morning the feeling had been ok, but obviously at the beginning there was a bit of guesswork with the conditions, as always when you first run at a track. It could have been a bit better, but it was not too bad either. Tomorrow will be a different day, we can only try to do our best and I’m sure we can improve. In qualifying and mainly on Sunday we’ll see if it is enough”.

Sebastian said: “Today for us it was a bit mixed of ups and downs. This morning we had difficulties with the balance to start with, but overall I think we improved the car at the end of the session. On Friday you don’t seek much the performance and this new engine has a lot of miles to do, so we try to save it. It’s working well and we didn’t have problems. But we still have to do more and to improve. We have a lot of things to look at. Mercedes looks quick but it’s not a surprise. The track today was too slippery and tricky, but I think we can get better tomorrow”. “Today”, Seb added “I tried the Shield cockpit protection. The vision is not very good and I think it’s because of the curvature that creates a bit of distortion. We had a run plan but I didn’t like it too much. I couldn’t see much, but at the end it was fun to drive”.


Pos
Driver
Car
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Valtteri
Bottas
Mercedes
1:28.496
 
31
2
Lewis
Hamilton
Mercedes
1:28.543
+0.047s
35
3
Kimi
Räikkönen
Ferrari
1:28.828
+0.332s
36
4
Sebastian
Vettel
Ferrari
1:28.956
+0.460s
36
5
Max
Verstappen
Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer
1:29.098
+0.602s
32
6
Daniel
Ricciardo
Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer
1:29.586
+1.090s
35
7
Nico
Hulkenberg
Renault
1:29.936
+1.440s
37
8
Felipe
Massa
Williams Mercedes
1:30.006
+1.510s
36
9
Fernando
Alonso
McLaren Honda
1:30.238
+1.742s
28
10
Esteban
Ocon
Force India Mercedes
1:30.383
+1.887s
42
11
Carlos
Sainz
Toro Rosso
1:30.555
+2.059s
26
12
Daniil
Kvyat
Toro Rosso
1:30.562
+2.066s
34
13
Sergio
Perez
Force India Mercedes
1:30.624
+2.128s
43
14
Romain
Grosjean
Haas Ferrari
1:30.661
+2.165s
33
15
Lance
Stroll
Williams Mercedes
1:30.695
+2.199s
37
16
Stoffel
Vandoorne
McLaren Honda
1:30.782
+2.286s
31
17
Kevin
Magnussen
Haas Ferrari
1:30.835
+2.339s
33
18
Jolyon
Palmer
Renault
1:30.879
+2.383s
25
19
Marcus
Ericsson
Sauber Ferrari
1:31.616
+3.120s
27
20
Pascal
Wehrlein
Sauber Ferrari
1:31.929
+3.433s
30

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