Brazilian GP Practice
Objectives: Aero evaluations, set-up and tyre work.
Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: They were good sessions for us, we had to do quite a lot of work to get the balance right but we have the cars well tuned in now. Low fuel, for where we usually are on a Friday, was competitive, and we can be happy with our high fuel performance. There are a lot of details to go through as usual, but fundamentally we’re very competitive against the people around us in the championship. We’re in a good position.
Valtteri Bottas: We got a lot of information about the tyres today, which was the main priority. We got the soft and medium compounds to work well and the long runs felt consistent, so I’m really hopeful that we can be strong this weekend. It was more slippery than last year, but it is the same for everyone and I was quite comfortable.
Felipe Massa: It was a very difficult day. The car was unstable and I struggled to get the grip I wanted at the rear. I don’t think I had one clean lap without losing the rear at some point. The surface offers low grip but very high tyre degradation, so the car was sliding a lot. We have a lot of work to do to tonight to make the car a bit easier to drive and more competitive for qualifying tomorrow.
Interlagos, Sao Paulo 4.309kms / 2.674 miles
Warm and Dry
Warm and Dry
Air & Track Temperatures
26-27°C / 35-39°C
28-29°C / 31-35°C
V Bottas, FW37-04, PU106B Hybrid
1:14.886 (7th)
1:13.603 (6th)
F Massa, FW37-02, PU106B Hybrid
1:13.870 (10th)
Quickest Time
L. Hamilton (1:13.543)
N. Rosberg (1:12.385)