06/07/2012

Friday Analysis

This is going to be a rather short article, quite simply because there is very little to actually analyse!

Most drivers (including the Sahara Force India drivers & Narain Karthikeyan) didn't push at all today. The reason for this is to save the wet tyres; of which they only get three sets for the entire weekend, and to avoid putting it in the barriers. Sure, these are the best drivers in the World, and usually in they wet they still push as much as possible however today the conditions were particularly atrocious and it was so easy to make a mistake (as we saw with Senna & Alonso).

Anyway, here is what everybody had to say:

Nico Hulkenberg (Sahara Force India driver)
"A very limited programme today to avoid running on such a wet track with a high risk of aquaplaning. The only time we felt we could learn anything was in the final half hour of the afternoon session so we remained in the garage for most of the day. The forecast for the rest of the weekend looks very mixed so I think we have a challenging weekend ahead of us".

Paul di Resta (Sahara Force India driver)
"Very difficult conditions today, but sometimes you get weather like this. So we had to be patient and choose our moments because the track conditions were so poor with lots of rivers running across the circuit. We didn't really change the car all day, so we will start with the same set-up tomorrow morning. I certainly feel for the fans who missed out on seeing much action today, but it was great to see so many people come along on a Friday".

Jules Bianchi (Sahara Force India driver)
"It's a shame about the weather today. I only did the install lap and that was it. The conditions were so wet that there was no value in doing more laps and there was very little we could learn".

Jakob Andreasen (Sahara Force India chief engineer)
"A frustrating day for all the teams due to the wet weather, which kept us in the garage for most of the day. It's a shame for the fans, who turned out in huge numbers, but with the high risk of aquaplaning it was sensible not to take any risks until we felt the conditions allowed us to do meaningful running. We ran on the wet tyres with Jules, Paul and Nico, and did one run on the intermediates with Paul. There were some aero developments on the car today, but it was very difficult to learn much in such tricky conditions".

Narain Karthikeyan (HRT driver)
"Today we faced typical English weather; it was a complete wash out and, as a result, we didn't complete any meaningful running. The new part of the track, which is made up of turns 1 to 5, is new to me because I didn't race here last year so we need to make sure that we get some running in before qualifying. Hopefully tomorrow we'll have the chance to do these miles to head into qualifying better prepared, where I'll be aiming to back up my good performance in Valencia".

As we have no data to go on we'll have to stick with the standard aims for tomorrow :- Q3 for Sahara Force India & for Narain Karthikeyan beating the Marussia's and de la Rosa will be the target. But as set-ups will be so mixed up due to the changeable conditions, it really will be a day for some unexpected results! Remember Nico Hulkenberg for Williams in 2010 at Brazil? He got a very surprising pole position; will we see the same from him tomorrow? Let's wait and see :-)

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