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Old 28th October 2011, 17:09   #61
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Nico Rosberg - 19th: "The new track here in India is awesome. It has some very interesting corners, and that's why it takes a bit longer to get used to the layout than at some of the other new circuits. Turn two for example is very different; you come from downhill, then go up looking into the sky and so you see the hairpin very late, just before you arrive. In general we had two good sessions and learned quite a few things today so I have a good feeling for this weekend. Hopefully that feeling will continue tomorrow."

Michael Schumacher - 21st: "This is a very interesting track with a challenging layout, and it's certainly enjoyable to drive. As we expected, off-line it is extremely dusty but the racing line became quite grippy over the day. This morning, I was happy with the balance of the car, however this afternoon was more challenging for us. We weren't really able to get into working properly for various reasons, including the red flag, and therefore tomorrow we need to work on the set-up for both qualifying and the race."

Ross Brawn: "We've had a useful first day of practice around the new Buddh International Circuit today. It's always interesting to explore a new track for the first time, and the grip levels changed a great deal during the two sessions, so the trick will be anticipating where they will be by the race on Sunday. The majority of our programme today focused on race preparation and the car seems in reasonable shape. It's exciting to face a new challenge here and I'm sure there will be plenty of opportunities this weekend. We've been very impressed with the new track layout and the drivers seem to really enjoy it."

Norbert Haug: "First of all, congratulations and compliments to the Indian Grand Prix organisers for building this state-of-the-art race track which certainly does not need to hide behind the best ones in Europe. It is a pleasure for Formula One to be here in India; the friendliness of the Indian people is overwhelming and the excitement to have a Formula One World Championship event in their country quite obviously and understandably makes them proud. Our programme today concentrated on race simulations during the afternoon. We learned a lot and gained experience which should help us tomorrow and on Sunday."

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Kamui Kobayashi - 12th: "The lay-out of the track is really nice, and I have a good feeling driving the circuit. Because it is new it was very dusty and slippery, especially in the morning. The first laps were like driving in the wet. Here we have the soft and the hard tyre compounds. With the hard ones you cannot really drive here, while with the soft tyres it was still not easy to heat them up and get them to work properly, but there is no comparison to the hard ones."

Sergio Perez - 13th: "The circuit is very nice, and I really enjoy driving here. Regarding the set-up work, it is quite challenging because you have many changes of direction and several fast corners as well as slow corners too. But we could complete our programme and have the feeling we are getting there. Of course the track conditions were improving during the course of the day. The hard tyre compound doesn't work, so it won't be easy to create a race strategy in which it makes really sense. However, everyone has to use it in a dry race."

Giampaolo Dall'Ara, Head of Track Engineering: "When you come to a new venue it is always important that you have a trouble free first day, and this is what we had. We completed our normal Friday programme as planned and worked on the set-up of the car. It is impossible to get grip from the hard tyre compound but this didn't come as a surprise."

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Lewis Hamilton - 4th: "The track is fantastic - the organisers here in India have done a great job. It's very fast and flowing, the grip-level is fantastic, the run-off areas seem to be good, and the kerbs are probably the best of any circuit we visit: nice rumble-strips that you can drive on. Like any brand-new circuit, it's been gripping-up throughout the day.

"We looked quick this morning. This afternoon, however, I had a problem with the driveshaft – it felt like it was causing some wear and tear so it prompted me to end the session a little early. We'll fit a new gearbox for tomorrow, so the car will hopefully start behaving a bit better. That should make things closer at the front.

"Sunday's race will be a long one. Nevertheless, there will be opportunities to overtake: it's a high-downforce circuit and, although it'll be very hard to follow other cars closely, the double-DRS zone should make it a bit easier. We'll get a clearer idea tomorrow of just how quick we really are."

Jenson Button - 6th: "I really like this circuit. It's great fun to drive. There are some tough corners, like Turns Three and Five, but there's also a lot of high-speed stuff and it feels a lot faster than we initially thought it would.

"What's also been quite a surprise is the amount of grip out there, particularly in the faster corners where the downforce is really working for you. And, because the high-speed corners are pretty smooth, you can really carry a lot of speed through them.

"It's difficult to get the tyres up to their optimal working temperature range, but, once they're in the operating window, the high-speed grip is phenomenal. From Turn Five onwards, the track is actually very quick.

"We'll have a lot of fun this weekend and we're hopefully going to be fighting for the win on Sunday."

Martin Whitmarsh - Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes: "First of all, I want to congratulate the promoters here in Delhi for having created a truly excellent circuit. The drivers love it, and the teams' facilities are very good too. And of course India, whose population is second in magnitude only to that of China, is a hugely important new addition to the Formula 1 calendar.

"As is often the case when the Formula 1 circus travels to a brand-new circuit, today was a day of experimentation. As it happened, the circuit offered up more grip than we'd anticipated, which required a set-up review early on.

"I think we've got a little more work to do in order to unlock our latent first-lap performance, but Jenson in particular completed an extremely encouraging long run. By contrast, Lewis's long run was interrupted by a driveshaft issue, which unfortunately prevented him from being able to complete it.

"Now, we'll analyse our findings from today, and tomorrow we intend to convert that analysis in to a strong qualifying performance."

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Fernando Alonso - 3rd: "I lost almost the entire morning session because of an engine problem on my car, but fortunately I managed to make up for it in the afternoon, when I was able to run without any problems. Today's priority was getting to know the circuit. Furthermore, given the condition of the track surface, I don't think I lost out that much compared to the others. First impressions are positive: the car seems to behave well and we hope to continue down this route. I like the track, even if it is very dirty and if you go just the slightest bit off line it's like driving on ice: this could create problems during overtaking moves on Sunday, but maybe by then the situation will have changed. It's very nice that the track is wide in some corners and I think it will add to the spectacle, because it means you can take different lines and I think even qualifying should be very exciting, given the rather high average speed, especially through the final sector."

Felipe Massa - 1st: "It's always nice to be in first place at the end of a day's work, however we know that Friday's results are all relative. Sure, it would be nice to move through the weekend in the same position, but that will be very difficult to achieve. Today, we concentrated on finding the best set-up on the car and on tyre behaviour on this new circuit. I like the track, it is very interesting and there are corners where driving skill can make the difference. In some places the actual track surface is very wide and so it will therefore be possible to take various different lines in the race, which could make overtaking easier. The car seems competitive, but we must wait and see what McLaren and Red Bull can do tomorrow, as they are still very strong. The tyres? Probably the Hards are too hard for this track and it would have been possible to run the same compounds we had in Korea in two weeks ago, because the track surface is very smooth."

Pat Fry: "It was a very busy Friday, partly because of the work we had planned to carry out and also because of the difficulties we encountered in the first session of the day. In fact, an engine problem meant Fernando missed pretty much all of the morning practice so his work schedule had to be compressed into the afternoon to try and make up for the time lost this morning. That aside, we continued with the now usual parallel programmes: on the one hand looking for the best set- up for the car at this circuit and on the other, working to get a greater understanding of the latest aerodynamic updates, with the new car project in mind. Obviously, we tried to understand as much as possible about the tyre behaviour, but, because of the lack of time it was not possible to do many laps with a high fuel load. Two drivers in the top three? Friday's result has virtually no significance and maybe that's even more the case when there are even more unknown factors than usual, which was the case today. Never before, given we find ourselves at a brand new track, have we had so much data to analyse and so much work to do this afternoon and tonight to be as well prepared as possible for the rest of the weekend."

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Timo Glock - 20th: "It's been a good first day here in India. The track is just awesome and really good fun to drive. It's been an enjoyable day without any problems. The car felt okay, it has a reasonable balance to it and we were able to get through the entire programme and achieve good set-up work. Now we just have to analyse the data overnight and see what we can do for tomorrow. I can't wait to get back in the car again here!"

Jerome D'Ambrosio - 22nd: "The afternoon session ended quite early for me as I made a mistake out of turn 11 and hit the wall, damaging the rear wing and right rear corner a bit. But apart from that I think I was running fine until then. We have lost some track time but we still have tomorrow's FP3 to make up for it, so that will be the plan."

John Booth, Team Principal: "From the moment we arrived in India and finally got to see the track at first hand, we've all been incredibly impressed with the layout of the circuit and the two days of preparation seemed like an eternity before we were able to see the cars in action. Certainly watching the cars here you can see that the drivers are enjoying this track, however it has caught a number of them out during the two sessions today. FP1 was a fairly straightforward programme for both our cars with a few aero experiments on front wings, followed by runs on the hard tyre to familiarise the drivers with the track. Into FP2 we split the programme, with Timo concentrating more on set-up work with two sets of the Soft tyre and Jérôme conducting some of the long run tyre work. Unfortunately, Jérôme ended up being one of the drivers that was caught out by the track, however I'm sure he will maximise his time tonight looking through the data and completing his final preparations in FP3 tomorrow ahead of qualifying. Timo and his crew have had a fantastic day and he seems to be pushing his set-ups in a new direction, which is working well for him. Hopefully he will continue building this into a solid qualifying performance."

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Seems All Tickets Sold out, only Picnic Stand left :-( anyone with spare tickets for final day and wanna sell?
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Bruno Senna - 8th: "I enjoyed today. Both LRGP cars were in the positions they should be and the track looks like it could be an ally for our car. We need to develop and extract more from the set-up, but we definitely have potential here. The track is very good, that's for sure. When I walked it yesterday it was clear it was going to be very dusty, and that was also the case this morning, but it is improving all the time. The corners are very fast and they encourage you to push, push, push so I think we can have a good weekend here. As the grip to improves and the racing line widens we should be able to push even harder!"

Vitaly Petrov - 11th: "The track was very dirty which makes it difficult to get the maximum from the car but it's the same for everyone. We completed today's programme without any mechanical problems which is always beneficial. I am feeling positive about the car and the set-up; we just need to improve a little but we have potential for a good weekend. The layout of the circuit is quite tricky. On some corners you can't see the apex which makes it difficult to find your braking point and turning in point. But we've found more or less a good line and hopefully we'll gain some more speed through P3 tomorrow morning before qualifying."

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The track has got a unanimous thumbs-up from all concerned. Too bad for Hamilton's grid penalty. The McLarens were looking fairly good here. I dearly wish it does not turn into a case of Vettel running away yet again.

Redbull will be hoping that Webber qualifies well too, because if he manages to stay behind Vettel in the race, Redbull will ask Vettel to move over.
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Adrian Sutil - 7th: "We had a good couple of sessions today. We ran an aero upgrade on the car this morning and I could feel the difference in stability straight away, so I think we are going to run it for the race. The circuit is good fun and very nicely done. It has some challenging corners and there seem to be plenty of opportunities to overtake. It should make for an interesting and exciting race on Sunday."

Paul Di Resta - 9th: "It was a new experience today for everyone and we had a lot to get through with our programme. The track is quite exciting and the grip seems to be building nicely. It won't be an easy race with the DRS zones being so effective and likely to result in lots of overtaking, but from our work today we are getting where we need to be in terms of the set-up. I still need to find a little bit of speed, but once we sit down and analyse the data I'm confident of more good runs tomorrow."

Dr. Vijay Mallya, Team Principal and Managing Director: "Arriving at the Buddh International Circuit and hearing the sound of Formula One engines in India once again was a very special moment. It's something I have dreamed of for over thirty years and this weekend will be a very emotional one for me. Seeing both Sahara Force Indias as the first cars out on track when free practice began also brought a smile to my face. The Jaypee Group has done an excellent job with this circuit and we can all be very proud of this amazing facility. The drivers have been praising the layout and we all expect a thrilling race. On the track today there was a great deal to learn, but we can be pleased with the work we have achieved. I've made no secret of my desire to see both Sahara Force India cars racing well inside the points on Sunday afternoon and today's work has taken us a step closer to achieving this."

Dominic Harlow, Circuit Engineering Director: "It was great to get practice underway here at the Buddh International Circuit in India, which has proved to be an excellent track. There was some early dust on the circuit in FP1, but that quickly cleared and we saw grip levels rise. With an additional set of soft tyres invaluable for our programmes we evaluated some aerodynamic changes to the front and rear of the car with positive indications from the data. Obviously we targeted a slightly higher mileage to increase our data on the circuit and to evaluate the tyre behaviour. Overnight there is much to do to review our results and simulations looking ahead to the rest of the weekend."

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Rubens Barrichello - 15h: It was nice to get to know the Buddh circuit today. We obviously encountered the dirt, like everyone else, and quite normal for a new circuit. We don't know where we stand at the moment because the track is evolving all the time, but hopefully we will have a good qualifying tomorrow.

Pastor Maldonado - 16th: I would like to thank the mechanics for working so hard to change engines in time for this afternoon's session. The balance of the car seems ok and I am confident we will have a good race pace. Tyre degradation isn't that high, but we will have to look at our strategy as the hard option tyre isn't the best fit with our package.

Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer: This is a new circuit so the main purpose today was to familiarise ourselves with it. In spite of some challenges, both drivers completed their full Friday race preparation and tyre programme.

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Paul Hembery: "It's been a busy day, which matched our expectations - underlining the quality of the simulation data that we created before the start of the event. Our first impressions of the track are very positive, and from what we can see there will be a number of good overtaking opportunities.

"The layout provides an interesting work-out for our tyres, due to the mix of high-speed straights, constant loaded corners and heavy braking areas. Working out exactly how the tyres degrade is tricky because the track is still cleaning, having started off very dusty before clear racing lines emerged. This dust has a significant effect on tyre performance, as the tyres can grain due to sliding and rear wheelspin.

"As the performance gap between the soft tyre and the hard tyre is notable here, the key to race strategy will be getting the softs to last for as long as possible. It will be interesting to see what all the different teams come up with to achieve that goal. We can see from our data so far that wear levels are in line with a two to three stop strategy."

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Note From Support Team - While the gesture is appreciated, lets not create a copy of all data from another website. You have posted the link which should help others to check for updates. Do not post further copy paste content from the Autosport.com
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Any idea about the VIPs who would be giving away the trophies on the podium? Hopefully it should NOT be the very people who said that Formula One is entertainment and not a sport.
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Don't know who all will be giving away the trophies, but Sachin will be waving the Chequered flag.
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The trophies have been unveiled. I was hoping someone Indian would have designed them. Maybe next year?

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