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Belgian GP: Top 10 quotes after FP2

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Belgian GP: Top 10 quotes after FP2
Aug 26, 2016, 5:27 PM

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen sets fastest time of day in FP2 on the Supersoft tires, eclipsing last year’s benchmark at Spa

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB12
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB12
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB12
Nico Hulkenberg, Sahara Force India F1
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF16-H
Sergio Perez, Sahara Force India F1 VJM09
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF16-H
Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team
Jenson Button, McLaren MP4-31
Jenson Button, McLaren MP4-31
Esteban Gutierrez, Haas F1 Team VF-16
ClaDriverChassisEngineLapsTimeGapInterval
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull TAG 27 1'48.085    
“It has been a very positive Friday for us. We showed great pace today in comparison with other teams, though it’s hard to say what Mercedes is like. Of course I’m happy to be first in front of so many Dutch fans but it’s still not qualifying and not the race so let’s see. When I went up to first position in the second practice the fans were all cheering me on with their flags. It definitely gives me a boost and motivates me a lot. This track is very difficult for setting up the car balance so I also had some struggles but at the end it paid off with the last set up change we did. We’ll see what happens tomorrow. I’m sure we can improve even more, but we have to wait and see what the others are doing. So far we had a very good start to the weekend.”
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull TAG 27 1'48.341 0.256 0.256
“It was a pretty good day today, not bad. I think on the time sheets we look good, both Red Bulls are first and second, but I don’t think Mercedes used the super soft (tyres) and Force India is quite close. I think we can still be quicker than what we showed today, but I feel like we definitely got into the right rhythm. No one is on holiday anymore and we’re back in work mode, the energy around the garage was good and everyone is ready to go. I think we can improve the set up tonight, as there are some things I’m not 100% happy with, but it’s nice to be back behind the wheel.”
3 Nico Hulkenberg Force India Mercedes 30 1'48.657 0.572 0.316
“It was a good start after the summer break. We didn’t have any issues and we were able to work through our programme as planned. We collected the usual data and we made some very good steps between the sessions. I wasn’t too happy with the balance in the morning, but we were able to improve it for the afternoon: it’s still not perfect, so there’s a bit of work to do overnight, trying to use the information we got today, but it’s a decent starting point.”
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Ferrari 27 1'49.023 0.938 0.366
“Today it was a very tricky day. It is very hot for Spa, and so it's very slippery out there. But I think in general, everybody was struggling to make the tyres last and sliding quite a lot. It doesn't matter which tyre you have, it's the same for everybody, so we need to try and work on that because the temperatures will be like this for the whole weekend. Also, I was struggling a bit with the balance of the car, but this is up to us. We need to improve the car. It is not yet where we want it to be. But I am sure we will be faster.”
5 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 27 1'49.100 1.015 0.077
“The first indications are positive, but there’s still a lot of work to be done on the car to solve a few little issues. We need to understand the car balance a bit more and develop our set-up from there. The weather is going to play a big role: it will affect tyre degradation strongly, but I am sure we will be able to make the changes we need for the race.”
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Mercedes 33 1'49.161 1.076 0.061
“The team have done a great job on the halo. It doesn't disturb me when driving. I could go fast straight away and even set the best time of the session with it this morning, so I think that was a success. After that, car-wise we seem to be quick. The grid is a bit all over the place this afternoon with people doing different things with the tyres. It'll be interesting to see how that plays out in the race. Long run pace will be important, as you can overtake here. I don't know how we're looking yet - we'll need to look into that. But there was a lot of tyre degradation, so managing that on Sunday will be important.”
7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Ferrari 30 1'49.244 1.159 0.083
“In the morning the feeling with the car was pretty good, but then in the afternoon, when I put the Supersofts on, I struggled to put a good lap together and I kept running off the circuit. For the long run we changed some things but I was still struggling, for whatever reason. It was one of those days when you start well and then the feeling is not right anymore, but I'm sure we can find the right set up for tomorrow. It will be tricky with the tires, but it's the same for everybody. I haven't had time to check what the others were doing, it's too early to have an idea, but for sure there is some work to be done. We have to go through everything and take out the best.”
8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 20 1'49.419 1.334 0.175
“It’s not been an easy day for everyone. The tires are very tricky to work. I’m not so happy with the tire pressure we have to run here. It makes things challenging. On supersofts in the afternoon, we ran better. The car felt more together, which was definitely a positive. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do a long run because of an issue, but hopefully that won’t cost us too much in the race. We still have tomorrow morning to prepare for qualifying, and try a few setup tricks that we’re thinking of. Generally, I think all our energy will again be on tire usage.”
9 Jenson Button McLaren Honda 23 1'49.419 1.334 0.000
“In the end we made a lot of progress today: after making set-up changes following a challenging first practice session this morning, we had a much improved second practice session in the afternoon. As a result, we’ve now achieved a handling balance that works for us, but there’s still room for improvement. Our long run was reasonable; we seem relatively competitive, certainly compared to the cars against which we usually race. And we were quicker than Kimi [Raikkonen] on the longer runs, which was good to see. Getting through to Q3 is always our aim on Saturdays, but what happens on Sundays is more important still. Put it this way, we didn’t get through to Q3 at Hockenheim yet I still finished eighth. And, here at Spa, it’s easier to overtake than on most circuits, so I’m feeling reasonably optimistic about the race. It’s unusually hot here this weekend, but that’ll mix things up for the race, which could be good for us too.”
10 Esteban Gutierrez Haas Ferrari 23 1'49.648 1.563 0.229
“It was very tricky conditions today. It’s not common in Spa to have heat like this. The track is really hot, so we’re struggling a little setting up the car. We’ve done some tests to try to understand it a bit better, so now we’ll have a clearer direction as to where we have to focus. In both sessions we ran the Pirelli prototype tires. They were pretty transparent. There was nothing very different with them. In FP2, we also did a race simulation, which I wasn’t too happy with, so we’ll be analyzing all the data this evening to try and find a good setup for tomorrow and continue through the weekend.”
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