F1 driver quotes after practice in Suzuka

F1 driver quotes after practice in Suzuka


03 OCTOBER 2014


#1 Sebastian Vettel

“I think we can definitely do better than fifth, but we may hit the limit when we get to third! Mercedes seem to be very quick around here but I think we can improve, especially on a short run.

 It would be nice to fight the Mercedes in the race, who knows if it rains, but otherwise we will be against Williams, McLaren, who seem stronger here, and Ferrari.”

#3 Daniel Ricciardo

“I made a mistake in FP2. I did a quick lap and then I was trying to get a good exit to start the next one. We were trying to cool the tyres and there was a yellow flag so I was trying to go slow enough to miss it at the start of the lap, but I think the tyres cooled too much and I was too hard on the throttle for the situation and lost the car.

It’s of course not what I wanted in the first ten minutes of the second session, but I’ll learn from it. It’s not ideal as we missed running this afternoon, but Sebastian did a full session so we will be able to see his data. The Mercs were really quick today, we think we’re there but then they pull a gap. I think we should be able to be third on the grid.”


#44 Lewis Hamilton

“The gap changes from track to track between us and other cars but it looks pretty good so far this weekend. To come here at one of the most demanding tracks for downforce and to be that competitive is fantastic. It's amazing what this team has done. The pace looks good but it's a track that's very hard on tyres, especially the rears; one minute you have the one lap pace and one minute you have the long run pace, so it's a very fine line.

Qualifying is going to be very important as it's quite difficult to overtake here. We don't know what's going to happen with the weather this weekend; it's such a challenging circuit but we always come to the weekend prepared for everything. I just want to race.”

#6 Nico Rosberg

“That was a very, very good day for us. Thank you to the team for this great car, we are very quick on one lap and also on high fuel levels. My long run was very good this afternoon, so I'm quite confident for a good race here

. There is still a lot of work to do tonight to find the perfect balance for this great old school track. It was a real pleasure to drive this fantastic track here today. Also the atmosphere is great, lots of fans are here already and they are very enthusiastic.”


#14 Fernando Alonso

“It’s always nice running at Suzuka, as it’s one of the circuits that provides the most driving pleasure and where the enthusiasm of the fans is really fantastic. Despite the many interruptions to the second session, today we managed to complete almost our entire planned programme without any problems, working on race set-up for both dry and wet conditions.

 At the moment, the uncertain weather forecast makes it impossible to take any decision, even when it comes to tyre choice. Here, compared to other tracks, the difference between the two compounds is minimal and their performance level is very similar.”

#7 Kimi Raikkonen

“Today wasn’t easy and the lack of grip from the track surface, especially in the morning, didn’t help. This is a fast and tough track, very demanding for both car and driver. In the first practice session, on the Hard tyres, we concentrated on testing different set-ups aimed at qualifying and the race, then in the afternoon, we made some changes which brought a partial improvement to the handling of the car.

But because of the yellow flags and a technical glitch, I only managed to complete just one good run on the Medium tyres. Now we have a full night’s work ahead of us in order to find a set-up that will allow us to get the car to suit any sort of condition.”


#8 Romain Grosjean

“The E22 feels quite good here and it’s always fantastic to be driving a Formula 1 car at Suzuka. We spent a bit of time in the morning getting the brake feel right, but the afternoon was pretty straight-forward. It’s going to be very interesting to see what the weather does over the weekend as there’s been a lot of speculation about this.

 We were within shooting distance of the top ten today which is always a positive with our generally better race pace. Let’s see what happens in qualifying and what challenges the weather present.”

#13 Pastor Maldonado

“I’m happy with today. There were no issues with the car and the only problem I had was a vibration from my hard tyres in the second session. Suzuka is a great circuit and I think we have quite good potential here. There’s some more pace to come and our car has looked quite reasonable.

I will have a bigger challenge in the race as there will be a tenplace grid penalty as we’re now on to our sixth engine, but if we can race reliably then a good result is still possible.”


#22 Jenson Button

“We traditionally lack pace to our rivals on a Friday, so it’s nice to see the performance we have. Naturally, there are still a few more things to work on, but the car was generally working better this afternoon than this morning. That first session wasn’t too bad, but we were able to make some really productive changes to the car as the circuit gripped up and the temperatures rose in the afternoon.

 The majority of those changes will also help our long-run pace, which is another positive. There’s quite a lot of degradation – there’s quite a lot of high-speed change of direction, which is typical of Suzuka, and it’s very tough on the tyres. We sort of expected that – it’s always a tough race.

We’re certainly getting there, which is good to see. I hope the weather stays dry – I just want to race.”

#20 Kevin Magnussen

“Suzuka is a proper racetrack: it’s high-speed and the limit is hard to find. And, when you go over that limit, it can be very easy to go off. This is a really cool place, and I’ve really enjoyed driving here for the first time today. Today’s sessions have been quite encouraging, too.

As things look right now, I think Q3 should be achievable for us tomorrow. We still have to do some work to improve how the car operates on the Prime, but things are a bit better on the Option, which didn’t feel too bad. We’ve improved the car through the day – this is a fantastic place to drive, the car is certainly contributing to that feeling, and it handles this place pretty well.”


#27 Nico Hulkenberg

“Today's practice sessions went quite well from our perspective, even though in FP2 there were a lot of yellow and red flags that brought a few interruptions. We have a clear idea of what we need to concentrate on to find a bit more speed overnight and hopefully some changes in the set-up will improve the balance of the car ahead of tomorrow's qualifying session.

 I am not overly worried about the rain that is expected later in the weekend; we just have to wait and see, especially for Sunday. In the end, we are all in the same boat when it comes to the weather and we will need to react to what the situation is.”

#11 Sergio Perez

“It was quite a difficult day because we lost a lot of track time this afternoon. It meant we could only do a short run on each tyre compound and I missed out on the high fuel running. Of course, if it rains on Sunday, missing out on this running won’t really matter, but we have to see what happens with the weather.

 My initial feeling was good on the hard tyre but we still need to work out the right compromise to get the most from the medium tyre.”


#99 Adrian Sutil

“In FP1 we had problems finding a good balance for the car. The hard tyres didn’t work as we had hoped. There was very little grip, which makes it difficult to set a decent lap time. For FP2 we made some changes to the set-up of the car, which improved the situation with the hard tyres, but then I struggeled with the medium compound.

Overall the balance of the car is just not satisfactory. Our main problems are coming from the power unit, which is disappointing. Unfortunately I don’t see how we can change that for tomorrow.”

!#21 Esteban Gutierrez

“Unfortunately, I lost the car in the second practice session in turn 13. With the speed you get there it was difficult to avoid an impact. I am really sorry for the team, and I am sure we will recover for qualifying. In the first practice session we were struggling with the set-up of the car.

I think we found a good compromise in the second session, and we will analyse the collected data to get everything ready for tomorrow.”


#25 Jean-Eric Vergne

“Definitely a difficult Friday, with very little running. It didn't help not having driven FP1, but I have to say Max did some good work with the car this morning. In the afternoon I had a few issues that did not allow me to run as much as I would have liked.

We have to investigate and understand what the problems were in order to find a good solution. On the positive side, we have a good base to work on, so I'm confident we can put together a better car for tomorrow.”

#26 Daniil Kvyat

“It was a tough day, but I enjoyed finally driving here in Suzuka and I was able to learn the track quite well. I struggled a bit with the car balance today, so there is still some work for us to do overnight. But I’m confident we can improve the car for tomorrow and hopefully we can get the most out of the car for Saturday’s Qualifying and Sunday’s race.”

#38 Max Verstappen

“Today for me it was all about getting experience in the car, especially on a difficult track like Suzuka. I was impressed with the engine power. The car is bigger compared to the one I'm used to in Formula 3 and there are a lot more things to think about while you're driving, so I had to use some laps to get confident with such a different car.

I was not taking any risks and I drove within my limits for all the session, doing as much mileage as possible. I have to thank Red Bull and Scuderia Toro Rosso for giving me the possibility to be in the car already this year on Fridays and get well prepared for next year.

 I find myself very comfortable in this team and I like my working group. I hope to drive also in Austin, Sao Paolo and Abu Dhabi. Now that I know what it means to drive a Formula 1 car, I'm looking forward to it even more.”


#19 Felipe Massa

“The car looks very competitive as Valtteri was close to the top. I had some issues today and just couldn’t get any grip; it has nothing to do with the new aero parts as those seem to have worked well. Once we can fix the issues, I think we can be competitive tomorrow.

Today’s work was aimed at qualifying performance, as the race looks like it will be wet, so that is another consideration we must take when setting up the car. Our race pace looks strong from what Valtteri has shown, so we will work hard to get my car working the same tomorrow.”

!#77 Valtteri Bottas

“From the first lap the car balance was good so we have made a good step forward. The upgrades we have brought have worked well, which is positive to see. It will be interesting to see where we are tomorrow when people start to squeeze a little more from their cars.

Although the Mercedes still look strong, there will be a good fight between us, the Ferraris and the Red Bulls.”


#17 Jules Bianchi

“We lost a bit of time this morning because of a reliability issue, but aside from that we have had a reasonably positive start to our weekend. We have made some good progress with the car already, so I think we can improve a little more still, ahead of the race.

 I think there are some unknowns about the weekend yet, given the weather situation, but fingers crossed we can have a good race here. It’s nice to be back here at Suzuka. It’s such a great circuit.”

#4 Max Chilton

“Overall, it’s been a good day for me. We improved the car with each run and by the end of the day we had a good compromise balance, with more time tomorrow to hone the car further. So I’m reasonably positive for the rest of the weekend. T

he main unknown is of course what the weather will bring, but we will continue with our planned programme and hope for the best.”


#10 Kamui Kobayashi

“It hasn’t been the best of ways to start my home Grand Prix: after sitting out in FP1, I suddenly lost the rear-left during my first run and that was the end of the day for me as I crashed into the barrier.

 It’s a shame, but at least we have tomorrow – it’s not much time but I will need to use FP3 to feel the car and luckily this is my home race and a track I know very well. Let’s see what happens tomorrow, hopefully it will be better than today.”

#09 Marcus Ericsson

“I’m happy with today. This morning in FP1 we went through the programme as planned and we tried the new front wing during the last run on used tyres – it felt good and we will definitely get some useful information. We went back to the old front wing in FP2 and it was a decent session.

We completed plenty of laps and the car feels nice to drive round here. We have something good to build on during the rest of the weekend. Also, if we look at the gap to the guys in front, I think we are better than we’ve been before, which is positive.

 I have a lot of good memories from this track: I’ve been on pole and won here in the rain and in the dry and always been quick here back in 2009, so it’s great to be back – the track is great to drive in an F3 but amazing to drive in an F1!”

- Liam Clogger, photo Pirelli

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/f1-driver-quotes-practice-suzuka-japan---128378.html

03.10.2014 / MaP

More News

Typhoon Phanfone : Massive threat for Japan and Formula 1
Estimated storm track from Friday 3rd until Monday 7th October, time information in Japanese local time; Credits: UBIMETThe imminent threat to Japan from Typhoon PHANFONE is gradually unravelling. more >>
F1 Practice 2 in Japan result
FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX 20141     44     Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes     1:35.078         more >>
F1 Practice 1 in Japan result
FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX 20141     6     Nico Rosberg     Mercedes     1:35.461         272     more >>
Minardi GC Japan GP preview
There are only 5 remaining Grand Prix before the end of the World Championship, with a wide open fight at Mercedes’. The menu is one of those interesting, consisting of four traditional rounds (one on the brand new Russian circuit) and one GP, Abu D more >>
Caterham F1 Japanese GP preview
Suzuka Circuit, Japan – 1 October 2014 2014 Japanese Grand PrixVenue: Suzuka CircuitRace Laps: 53Circuit Length: 5.807 kmRace Distance: 307.471 km Kamui Kobayashi and M more >>
Pirelli F1 Japanese GP Suzuka preview
JAPAN GP at  Suzuka, 2-5 October 2014- The two hardest tyres in the range back in action in Japan- Corners such as 130R and Spoon provide some of the highest lateral energy loads of the year- Cool weather expected with the possibil more >>
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 in Suzuka: On the Pit Wall and stats
Back to a 'Normal' Circuit  Since we were at Hockenheim in July, each of the circuits on the calendar has brought extremes in terms of their characteristics - be that in one direction or the other. Both the Hungaroring and the more >>
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Japan GP preview
2014 Japanese Grand Prix - Preview  Round 15 of the 2014 Formula One World Championship brings us to Suzuka for the Japanese Grand Prix, held at the Suzuka Circuit.   Driver / Senior Management Quotes   more >>
Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Japan GP preview
The Suzuka circuit has some unique features, such as the fact it is one of the few anticlockwise venues on the calendar and can boast a figure‑of‑eight layout, featuring a ‘flyover’ section that crosses over turn nin more >>
McLaren Mercedes F1 Japan GP preview
2014 Japanese Grand Prix  Suzuka is one of the most revered circuits in the world. Its fast corners and undulations are a genuine test of man and machine, which might explain why 18 of the last 19 grands prix at the track have been won more >>
Sahara Force India F1 Japanese GP preview
2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix  Vijay’s VisionVijay Mallya savours the result in Singapore and looks ahead to Japan. Vijay, the result in Singapore must have been a big boost for the team… more >>
Sauber F1 Team Japan GP preview
 2014 Japanese Grand Prix 15th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 3rd to 5th October The Japanese Grand Prix will be the next race in Asia for the Sauber F1 Team. In the land of the rising sun, the 15th round of the FIA Formula One World more >>
Pastor Maldonado looks forward to the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.
PASTOR MALDONADORACE DRIVER #13Riding the RollercoasterAt Suzuka, you learn and learn which is what a great race track should be like I think more >>
Romain Grosjean looks forward to the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.
ROMAIN GROSJEANRACE DRIVER #8Lovin’ SpoonfulSector one is unbelievable and after you have finished it you can breathe a little bit… but not for long more >>
Suzuka F1 driver quotes after race 2013
JAPANESE GRAND PRIX SUZUKA 13 OCTOBER 2013Infiniti Red Bull RacingSebastian Vettel“A very rewarding win today; it’s a great feeling. I love this track and it’s just fantastic to win here. It was more >>
Suzuka F1 race result 2013
FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX Provisional Results1     1     Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull Racing-Renault     53     Winner     2     25 more >>
Suzuka F1 driver quotes after qualifying 2013
JAPANESE GRAND PRIX SUZUKA12 OCTOBER 2013Infiniti Red Bull RacingMark Webber“It’s a great track and we always enjoy driving here. The laps weren’t too bad today to be honest, but you a more >>
Suzuka qualifying result 2013
FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX 20131     2     Mark Webber     Red Bull Racing-Renault     1:32.271    1:31.513    1:30.915     13 more >>
Suzuka Final Practice classification 2013
FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX 20131     2     Mark Webber     Red Bull Racing-Renault     1:32.053       more >>
F1 Team Williams fined €60,000
F1 team Williams were fined €60,000 on Friday at Suzuka  after a wheel came off Pastor Maldonado's car during the Friday second  P2 Japanese Grand Prix practice.Formula One stewards said in a statement that the incident, in which the rear left wheel bounced across the track, was regarded as a serious safety issue."Examination o more >>
Suzuka F1 driver quotes after Friday free practices
JAPANESE GRAND PRIX  11 OCTOBER 2013Scuderia FerrariFernando Alonso“It’s hard to talk about Maria de Villota right now, as I had only just taken my helmet off, when I was told about her death and at the mome more >>
Suzuka Free Practice 2 classification 2013
FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX 20131     1     Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull Racing-Renault     1:33.852         352     2   more >>
Suzuka Free Practice 1 classification 2013
FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX 20131     10     Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes     1:34.157         192     9     Ni more >>
Renault F1 Sport Suzuka preview
Japan Grand Prix 2013  Suzuka Circuit: three corners in detailThe Esses (Turns 3 – 7) The high speed Esses are a flowing sequence of interlinking turns that sees the car c more >>
Kimi Räikkönen: “Suzuka is one of the top three tracks in the world”
After a fight up the order to second place in Korea, our Finn is at the top of his game heading to one of his very favourite circuits, SuzukaSuzuka is up next; what are your thoughts on the circuit?Normal more >>
Romain Grosjean: “There’s just something about this place”
After a highly positive Korean Grand Prix it’s straight to Japan and Suzuka, where Romain Grosjean is in a highly positive state of mind. Bring it on…What are your thoughts on Suzuka?I know I more >>
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Suzuka preview
 Japanese Grand Prix - Preview Suzuka 2013The Japanese Grand Prix, Round 15 of the 2013 Formula One season, takes place at the 5.807 km Suzuka circuit on Sunday 13 October, seven days after the last race in Korea. &nbs more >>
Sahara Force India looks ahead to the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.
 2013 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix PreviewVijay’s VisionDr Vijay Mallya sums up a tough weekend in Korea and looks forward to Suzuka. An unlucky race in Korea – when w more >>
Caterham F1 Team Suzuka preview
2013 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX Suzuka, Japan -  GeneralRace Laps: 53 2012 WeatherAir/Track temp ( C): 25 / 37Pitlane altitude (m): 43ATM Press (HPA): 1012 more >>
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 Suzuka facts & stats
2013 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX PREVIEWSuzuka Circuit facts & statsSuzuka is one of the oldest and most revered circuits on the Formula 1 calendar. It was built as a test track for Honda in 1962, and its undulating 3.6-mi more >>
Pirelli returns to legendary Suzuka Circuit with hard and medium P Zero tyres
Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka, 10-13 October 2013Suzuka is one of the most popular circuits on the Formula One calendar, thanks to a thrilling track layout and some of the most passionate fans on earth. This year, more >>
Sauber F1 Team Suzuka preview
JAPAN Grand Prix 2013  Suzuka15th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 11th to 13th October 2013After the Korean GP the Sauber F1 Team continues its Asian journey by heading to Japan, a country with more >>
F1 driver quotes after Suzuka race 2012
JAPANESE GRAND PRIX SUZUKA CIRCUITRed Bull RacingSebastian Vettel“It’s been a fantastic weekend. Yesterday’s qualifying was perfect and today again, the balance of the car was a more >>
Lotus F1 Team Suzuka race review
– Japanese Grand Prix, Sunday 07 October                                    more >>
Tyre tactics shuffle the cards at Suzuka to re-open championship
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel has closed to within four points of the championship lead with five races to go after winning in Japan, adopting a two-stop strategy. The reigning world champion, who clinched his second title at Suzuka a year ago, started from pole on the Pire more >>
Vettel wins in dominant style in Japan
Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel won today’s Japanese Grand Prix in dominant fashion to move to within four points of the lead of the drivers’ championship with five races remaining.The d more >>
Sauber F1 Team Japan race review
Japanese GP – Race – Sunday, 07.10.2012   Weather: sunny and dry, temperatures, 23°C air, 32°C track  Kamui Kobayashi made it – the 26-year-old Japanese achieved the first podium finish of his For more >>
Red Bull Racing F1 wins in Suzuka 2012
Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Finish Position: WINNER! Start Position: 1st“It’s been a fantastic weekend. Yesterday’s qualifying was perfect and today again, the balance of the car was amazing. We didn’t more >>
Caterham F1 Suzuka race review
Japanese Grand Prix - Sunday 7th October 2012   Caterham F1 Team Partner InformationCNN launched its first Asian-language website www.CNN.co.jp in 2000, followed by its Japanese la more >>


2001-2023 automobilsport.com full copyright