“Our aim is to race with the front-runners on Sunday afternoon”
LEWIS HAMILTON - MP4-26A-03
“It’s been a productive day. We got through our run-plans well, and my long-run pace is better than it was at Silverstone, which is a good thing.
“We’ve got some updates on the car and they seem to be working, which is also positive. But it’s only Friday, so it’s too soon to draw conclusions – and, besides, and we don’t know what programmes the other teams were running.
JENSON BUTTON - MP4-26A-04
“It’s been a slightly frustrating day for me. I couldn’t get a good balance on the car this morning – and, once we’d found some rear grip in the afternoon session, my KERS Hybrid system was no longer working. That cost me quite a bit of lap-time under braking and on corner exits.
“Then, with 20 minutes of the afternoon session remaining, a problem with an experimental exhaust brought my day to a premature end. It was a test part and failures sometimes happen when you’re trying new things on a Friday.
“Looking to tomorrow, I think it will be difficult for us to beat the Red Bulls in qualifying. But our aim is to race with the front-runners on Sunday afternoon.”
MARTIN WHITMARSH - Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“Jenson had a KERS Hybrid problem today, and consequently had to do a bit of running without the lap-time benefits that KERS Hybrid confers.
But today was basically a data-gathering exercise, and we’ll now analyse that data overnight
“The experimental exhausts that he was testing also failed, which cut short his track time – but that’s an inevitable result of our having to use Fridays for testing.
“Lewis had a more trouble-free day and completed a competitive long run, which was encouraging.
“But today was basically a data-gathering exercise, and we’ll now analyse that data overnight in preparation for qualifying tomorrow.”
P1 programme - 18 laps - 1m32.996s (+1.102s) 5th
P2 programme - 28 laps - 1m32.724s (+1.013s) 7th
P1 programme - 22 laps - 1m33.628s (+1.734s) 6th
P2 programme - 17 laps - 1m33.225s (+1.514s) 11th