Brazilian GP: Spyker MF1 Friday practice notes

Comments from the Spyker MF1 team after Fridy practices for the Brazilian Grand Prix Tiago Monteiro: "I think today was a good performance for the whole team. Considering how much fuel we had on board it was really promising. We managed to...

Comments from the Spyker MF1 team after Fridy practices for the Brazilian Grand Prix

Tiago Monteiro:

"I think today was a good performance for the whole team. Considering how much fuel we had on board it was really promising. We managed to find good car balance having made improvements throughout the afternoon session, earlier the car had been pretty difficult to handle but the set-up now suits my style of driving. It could rain tonight and we may have a different track tomorrow. We will keep our eyes open for changing conditions but its always very positive to have a start to the weekend like this."

Christijan Albers:

"It was quite a useful day as I think we know what tyres we will choose for tomorrow. It is a short track so we encountered quite a lot of traffic but it doesn't matter as its only a Friday. We will see how it goes tomorrow but at this time it doesn't look too bad."

Ernesto Viso:

"I was very excited to be at the Brazilian Grand Prix as a third driver especially with the Spyker MF1 Team and I think we did a good job. It's basically my first ever time in F1 and at this track and I think we made a lot of good progress with the set-up and the tyre programme. I hope we can communicate over the winter and with some support maybe look at expanding my F1 experience next year."

Dominic Harlow (Head of race and test engineering):

"Today was quite a normal Friday but that's not to say it was necessarily very good. We still have a lot of work to do with the set-up of the cars. The bumps and the generally fairly low grip have caused a lot of problems for the drivers. I think we are going in the right direction with tyres looking towards qualifying tomorrow and the race. We had a lot of fun working with Ernesto and he did a great job for us today."

Colin Kolles (Team Principal):

"The day seemed to go how we expected. It will be interesting to see whether the weather changes as it could play a very important role over the weekend. I think with the progress we have made recently that we stand a good chance of being in the right place to maximise our performance this weekend."

"I was happy to see Ernesto Viso in the 3rd car and I think he handled his responsibilities very well and we will make good use of the vital information he provided. I am looking forward to see whether our performance improvement continues through qualifying and the race."

Tiago Monteiro
Chassis: M16-03
First session: No time, 1 Lap
Second session: 15th, 1:14.468, +1.921, 18 Laps

Christijan Albers
Chassis: M16-02
First session: No time, 1 Lap
Second session: 22nd, 1:15.086, +2.539, 21 Laps

Ernesto Viso Chassis: M16-01
First session: 13th, 1:16.737, +2.973, 32 Laps
Second session: 20th, 1:14.972, +2.425, 26 Laps

-credit: spyker mf1

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Christijan Albers , Tiago Monteiro , Colin Kolles , Ernesto Viso