Italian Grand Prix 2015 – Practice

Monza, Italy
5.7934kms / 3.599 miles

FP1
Weather: Warm and Dry
Air & Track Temperatures: 19 – 22°C / 22 – 29°C
V Bottas, FW37-04, PU106B Hybrid 1:27.075 (9th)
F. Massa, FW37-02, PU106B Hybrid 1:26.936 (8th)
Quickest Time: L. Hamilton, 1:24.670

FP2
Weather: Warm and Dry
Air & Track Temperatures: 24 – 25°C / 32 – 36°C
V Bottas, FW37-04, PU106B Hybrid 1:25.674 (9th)
F. Massa, FW37-02, PU106B Hybrid 1:27.075 (10th)
Quickest Time: L. Hamilton, 1:24.279

Objectives: aero evaluations, set-up and tyre work.

Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: Today we focused on testing our specific Monza package which all seems to be working very well. We’ve had quite a substantial programme to get through in terms of performance and car specification, so it’s been busy. We’ve tested a myriad of mechanical components, new transmission developments, new suspension developments, plus other developments which we’re putting in the pipeline for the future which the team have put a lot of effort in to. The long runs were good and on low fuel we looked quite reasonable for where we usually are on a Friday. Both drivers are reporting that the balance of the cars is good so I think we’re in a positive position for the weekend.

Valtteri Bottas: It was a good Friday. Thankfully it stayed dry and we got through the whole plan without any issues. We were doing a lot of set-up work with the car, trying different aero, mechanical and suspension settings. Now we’ve tried a lot of different things with both cars so we have plenty of information for tomorrow to choose all the best combinations so I’m looking forward to the outcome because I think we can be competitive.

Felipe Massa: We had a positive session and I am happy with the balance and feeling of the car which is a good start to the weekend. We have to now have a look at the data and compare this to where we think our competitors are over the short and longer runs. At a first glance the car looks competitive, we just need to make sure we are ready for tomorrow.

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