03.07.15
British GP Practice
Objectives: aero evaluations, set-up and tyre work.
 
Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: It was a typical Friday at Silverstone. There was a lot of wind today, which made things a little inconsistent, but we completed our job list. We had a lot to do in terms of development and we also has some new parts to test which we will evaluate tonight to ensure they have worked as expected. Susie did a great job this morning and we then had a busy afternoon with Valtteri and have set ourselves up well for the weekend ahead.
Felipe Massa: It was not an easy day today as we found it difficult to find the right balance, especially on new tyres and with low fuel. With the high fuel though the car was good, consistent and where we expected it to be. The most important job we need to do now is concentrate on the new tyres for qualifying as our race pace isn’t far off where we want it.
 
Valtteri Bottas: Missing this first practice means I spent a bit of time at the start of FP2 getting used to the conditions and the track’s grip. Looking at the lap times there is a bit of time to find, but we are improving the balance and have some further changes to make which will help. I struggled with the tyre temperatures over one lap so that will be tonight’s focus for me.
 
Susie Wolff: It was great to be back in the car especially at Silverstone. It’s not easy to jump into the car after such a long time, so to be within eight tenths off Felipe isn’t, I left a bit on the table but completed my programme. The team did a great job to get me ready and fully prepared so I am grateful to them for that.
Silverstone, Northamptonshire, 5.891kms / 3.660 miles
FP1
FP2
Weather
Warm and Dry
Warm and Dry
Air & Track Temperatures
18 – 20°C / 31 – 38°C
22 – 24°C / 39 – 46°C
F Massa, FW37-02, PU106B Hybrid
1:36.469 (10th)
1:36.148 (10th)
V Bottas, FW37-04, PU106B Hybrid
N/A
1:36.183 (12th)
S Wolff, FW37-04, PU106B Hybrid
1:37.242 (13th)
N/A
Quickest Time
N Rosberg (1:34.274)
N Rosberg (1:34.155)