'We had no grand plan for the day, other than evaluating the changes we'd made since Silverstone. We wanted to make sure that all the drivers had a reasonable number of laps - it is really difficult to get much work done when you have to get 3 drivers through in 2 45 minute sessions.'
'We have seen a good gain in rear downforce, which is pleasing, leaving us with inevitable understeer to correct. Overall, however, our performance has increased in comparison to Silverstone. It's just wonderful to watch the car around Spa, all the drivers love it. Werner assures me he can take Eau Rouge flat, and I believe him! They are jumping out of the cockpit with smiles on their faces.'
'As for qualifying tomorrow, even though the car is better, we appreciate we have no realistic chance of pole position, so as at Silverstone, all work is focussed on the race. If the car happens to be quick as well ...'
Romain Dumas reported understeer during his stint, and tried changes to the front suspension: 'I think there is two seconds more in the car.' The car clocked a best lap time of 2 mins 14.193 for ninth position in the first session and improved to 2 mins 11.921 for eighth in the second session, set by Romain Dumas.
The first of two qualifying sessions is 09.45 Saturday (tomorrow).
During the weekend, the Nasamax website will be regularly updated. The bio-ethanol fuel supplied this weekend by Shell is made from sugar beet harvested in Germany.