Kimi Raikkonen - 4th: "A trouble free day for me and a good
start to the weekend. The car set-up is still not perfect
but we have tomorrow's practice to improve the package even
further. The track keeps changing which provide a real
challenge for all the teams but all in all a positive day
and I'm looking forward to the rest of the weekend."
Juan Pablo Montoya - 10th: "It's nice to be back at the
wheel of the MP4-20. However the first time I have a shunt
whilst driving for this team had to happen today and I'm
sorry for the guys who have to repair the damage overnight.
I don't know what happened but I just lost it. I went to see
the FIA Medical Delegate afterwards and he said I was
absolutely fine. My shoulder has been coping well and until
the last lap everything had been going according to plan.
I'm excited about the rest of the weekend and hopefully we
will put on a good show."
Pedro de la Rosa - 1st: "I'm quite happy with our
performance today but there is definitely more to come. It's
always good to be quick and know that the car is still not
perfect. I'm confident the team will have a strong weekend.
It's nice to be able to perform in front of my home crowd
and I will continue to work with the team to ensure we get
the maximum potential out of Kimi's and Juan Pablo's cars."
Ron Dennis: "Today's challenge was to adopt the cars to the
ever changing track conditions which of course made tire
choice and set-up work even more difficult. All three cars
ran trouble free with the lap times purely showing variation
in fuel loads and tire conditions. Kimi had an encouraging
day whilst Juan Pablo's mistake in his last run means that
the team has a little more work to do now than planned.
Pedro put in another disciplined and constructive
performance and we are looking forward to the rest of the
Norbert Haug: "A positive start to the weekend where we
showed good overall speed. We are pleased that Juan Pablo is
back and that he is OK following his off which was caused by
him pushing a bit too hard. We completed our planned program
without any problems focusing on long runs, Michelin tire
evaluation and set up for the rest of the weekend."
Jarno Trulli - 5th: "It was a positive day for me. It was
really a normal Friday but we had to do less set-up work
than usual because we test here so often. This year's new
track surface means we still have some things to learn about
the track so we spent the day looking at tire comparisons.
Now the car is not far from where it should be and it's up
to us to make the tire decision based on the data. Then we
can look to add to our haul of points from the year."
Ralf Schumacher - 8th: "I spent the day working on general
set-up. The car went pretty well and we found more grip with
the changes we made as the session went on. Now we have to
look at the tire choice. The Circuit de Catalunya has
changed a lot since we last raced here because of the new
tarmac. It's very smooth so you have to work hard to get
heat into the tires, so it could still be a tough race for
tires. If we can beat that challenge we can look for another
Ricardo Zonta - 2nd: "Unfortunately I lost most of my
morning's running after I suffered a hydraulic problem in
the morning session so I had to try and catch up on my
program in the afternoon. The new smoother track surface
here at Barcelona meant that there was not much grip early
on in the morning session, but the conditions improved as
the day went on. That should continue during the weekend,
particularly if it stays hot and sunny."
Dieter Gass Chief Race Engineer: "That was a pretty good
start to the weekend. Ricardo's hydraulic problem during the
first session meant he didn't get much work done and both
race drivers only did a few laps, but the second session was
very good. The cars look quick and consistent and Ricardo
was able to finish his program with the tire comparison.
Tire choice is going to be interesting because it didn't
look that clear cut. But the car looked pretty quick and
consistent on both types of tire so all in all it was a
pretty pleasing day. After a difficult weekend in Imola we
look much more on the pace here."
Nick Heidfeld - 3rd: "Our position looks quite good for the
moment but despite this I wasn't completely happy with the
balance of my car this morning so we changed a few things
around for the afternoon and I was definitely happier with
it. In fact we made some good steps forward. The fact that I
am going to change my engine again tomorrow at least allowed
me to do more laps than usual as I had to try to cover the
programs for both my car and Mark's car. The only negative
thing at the moment is that obviously I will have to start
my race from towards the back, due to the penalty."
Mark Webber - 22nd: "It seemed like a pretty good day for
the guys and it was good that Nick had a smooth run and
completed all of our programs. I 'll start with my job on
track tomorrow and I'll try to catch up and get the most out
of this weekend for qualifying and the race."
Sam Michael (Technic hal Director): "We have had a
productive day with Nick. We went through the entire set-up
program, which gave us some good information for the race.
We also went through the normal checks for the cooling of
the engine and the brakes. Nick had some of the new aero
parts on the car which worked fine. Tomorrow, we will fit
the rest of the aero parts that we have developed for this
race. Mark obviously didn't run due to the engine issue."
Mario Theissen (BMW Motorsport Director): " We had an
unusual Free Practice today. Nick has completed a huge
program very well and collected useful data for the team.
The main job on the engine side is being done in Munich at
the moment and the new engines are just about to undergo the
dynotest. They will then leave for Barcelona and will be in
the cars in time for the third Free Practice session
David Coulthard - 6th: "It was a positive session for us
today and I feel good about this weekend. We managed to go
through the entire tire test that we wanted and I got a good
idea of our strategy for the rest of the weekend. The car
feels Ok and we look to building on today's result."
Tonio Liuzzi - 15th: "I was quite happy with my session. The
car was well balanced. I feel much better at this event
after testing last week in Jerez. Actually, I think we are a
little bit better than in Imola. We made a few changes to
the car, but I guess the other teams have also made
progress, so we have to see how we do on Sunday."
Christian Klien - 16th: "The first session went quite well,
I simulated qualifying and we adjusted the balance. The car
was good to drive and I think I had a reasonable lap. In the
second session I did a tire comparison with two long runs.
The first one and the beginning of the second was quite
good. I think the car was quick in this configuration, but
then I unfortunately had an electrical problem and suddenly
the engine stopped. Compared to the last race in Imola we
could be better here, but Barcelona is the test track for
everybody so we still have to fight very hard."
Guenther Steiner, Technical Director: "Tonio's and David's
practice was OK. We worked on tire evaluation and it all
went well. We will now analyze the data and see the outcome.
Christian had a slight problem this morning and it seems to
be the electronics, but we will have to examine the car to
be sure of what caused it. Anyway, I think we got enough
data from the other two cars. Obviously we ran two different
programs for the three cars and I think that overall, we had
two good sessions."
Giancarlo Fisichella - 7th: "We ran plenty of laps today in
order to get a clear idea of the tire behavior at this
circuit where their performance during the race will be very
important. I think we have a better idea on the direction we
need to choose than at the previous races this year, which
is a positive start. Performance-wise, I think our pace is
good, and the chassis balance is very close to being what I
need in the long runs. I am looking forward to tomorrow."
Fernando Alonso - 9th: "Today was really special for me, to
be out on the circuit this morning and able to see the
support in the stands: I know there are lots of people
coming to the race from all around Spain, so I am excited
for the weekend. This afternoon, we got down to work
properly, and as usual, we had to choose between the two
tires. We did a good job, because the choice is pretty
clear. The grip levels on the track were not very high, but
that is normal on the first day, and things will pick up as
we go on. Even so, the car handling felt good, and it was
comfortable to drive. We had no problems, so it's a good
start for me."
Pat Symonds, Executive Director of Engineering: "As we have
become very used to saying, this was a normal Friday for us
– perhaps even more so than usual because the circuit is so
familiar. The R25 is usually well-balanced from its first
laps, and that was the case again today – although the windy
conditions meant we had to make some set-up adjustments to
adapt. We have good data and answers on the tires, which
showed good durability today, and the performance of both
cars seems encouraging and very similar."
Denis Chevrier, Head of Engine Operations: "From the
outside, the most surprising thing about the day will be
that all the drivers have completed a lot of laps today.
Even though we know the circuit intimately, the way in which
the tires and chassis work together will be critical on
Sunday, and every team needs to collect as much data as
possible in order to make the correct decision. From the
engine side, we were able to run the B spec engines in both
cars for the first time, and they performed well as we
fine-tuned the mapping. So far, so good."
Rubens Barrichello - 11th: "I did not run much this morning
because of a hydraulic problem with the car, which was then
identified and solved. In the afternoon, I did some good
runs which produced plenty of useful data. I think that
overall, we are not in as bad shape as seems to be the case
if you just look at the times. We know what small changes we
can make to the car to be much stronger. As usual on a
Friday, we don't really know what the opposition has done,
so it is hard to get a clear picture of the situation. I am
optimistic because the situation is quite similar to Imola,
in that we can expect to have a very competitive car for the
Michael Schumacher - 13th: "Our performance today did not
look very promising. We must now analyze all the data to see
in what areas we can improve the car. Tomorrow morning's
work will involve the usual job of finding the right
compromise between being quick over a single lap for
qualifying and being able to maintain a strong race pace. We
did plenty of laps today, so we have all the data we need to
Jean Todt: "Today's program followed the usual pattern,
concentrating mainly on finding the best set-up for the car
and choosing which type of tire to use for qualifying and
the race. At this track, the tires play an even more
important role than elsewhere. Going on what we have seen in
the two hours of running today, we must analyze all our data
to do the best possible job of preparing the cars. We can
expect a very close fought weekend and, as usual, we will
tackle it with great determination as we strive to get the
best possible result."
Ross Brawn: "We had some technical problems today, which
slowed our program slightly. But the team recovered well and
we made up for lost time in the afternoon. I hope the rest
of the weekend goes smoothly. We did the usual comparison
between the two types of Bridgestone tire and I think it is
pretty clear which way we have to go. I think we can have a
good race pace. The challenge will be in doing a similarly
good first qualifying lap and work on that will start
Jacques Villeneuve - 14th: "I'm pretty happy today. I was
worried initially because we didn't have a very good test
here recently, but it turned out not so bad. The balance
wasn't great this morning but it was better this afternoon.
It's not yet as good as Imola, but Felipe and I were working
on different programs so I'm sure that will improve
tomorrow. The new surface here is very strange. It doesn't
feel like any other asphalt that we race on. It's more like
when you go indoor karting on concrete, so it gives you a
weird feeling in the car. But it's the same for everyone."
Felipe Massa - 12th: "I was very unhappy with the set-up of
the car this morning. The balance was bad and it felt really
nervous in the high-speed corners. We made a few changes for
this afternoon and the car was transformed. It was quick
right away, consistent and nice to drive again. I think we
have a reasonable set-up now, so it was not a bad day after
all. I'm feeling quietly optimistic."
Peter Sauber (Team Principal): "I think Spain is a great
country and Barcelona is a very nice city, and it looks as
if the track was reciprocating those feelings as the day
progressed. We worked on different set-ups and tire programs
and I feel that this afternoon we were able to reach a good
set-up baseline for tomorrow."
Narain Karthikeyan - 17th: "In the afternoon we have found a
better set-up and I feel comfortable with the Bridgestone
tires we are going to use for the weekend. The car is
getting better and I am sure there will be some more coming
tomorrow and I will be able to improve my lap times."
Tiago Monteiro - 19th: "It was a good day today even though
I had some minor problems in the first session which made me
lose a bit of time, but in general it was not too difficult
as we already know the circuit. We made some good
improvements in the car, balance-wise and I am pretty happy
with them. It is a pity there were some yellow flags during
the afternoon, as we could have been more competitive. The
three Jordan Grand Prix drivers are very close to each other
which is really good."
Robert Doornbos - 18th: "Today went quite well. My biggest
program this morning was testing Bridgestone tires, as this
circuit is known as being a very abrasive track. Therefore
we have to make the right decision on which tires to use. I
had a lot of fun especially in the second session where I
pushed really hard with some older tires and I particularly
liked some fast corners which made the driving very
Trevor Carlin - Sporting Director: "We had two very
productive sessions today, with all three drivers completing
the different programs we had, especially testing
Bridgestone tires. We are now facing a tough decision of
which tires to use for the rest of the weekend. However, I
am sure we will make the right choice."
Christijan Albers - 21st: "We had a normal day for a Friday,
and although we lost some time this morning, and then a
little more this afternoon, As a result, we weren't able to
try quite as many things as we would have liked, but
hopefully, tomorrow we'll be able to make up for the lost
Patrick Friesacher - 20th: "Generally, it was not a bad day
and we tried a couple of new things that worked well. I was
struggling a little bit with the balance of the car today,
and although we improved it as the day progressed, we will
continue to work on this tomorrow and aim to find a good
solution. I'd like to thank Bridgestone, because we were
able to test quite a number of tire compounds at the recent
Mugello test, and that has helped quite a lot."
Paul Stoddart, Team Principal: "Generally, it has been a
productive first day in Spain as we continue to learn about,
and make progress with, the PS05. The lap times came down
steadily, and it is pleasing to see we have ended the day
tantalizingly close to our nearest rivals. Our main goals
this weekend are to consolidate the gains made on
reliability at the Mugello test, while picking up the pace
in order to close the gap to our competitors, On today's
evidence, we are progressing well. This is in large measure
due to the hard work and long hours that continue to be put
in by the Minardi mechanics and technicians, so once again,
a big thank you to all of them for their unstinting
Hisao Suganuma, Technical Manager: "Track conditions were
reasonable today from the start, enabling the cars to start
running at a good pace. Obviously Ferrari didn't get much
running in the first session but were able to carry out
their tire comparisons in the second session. Jordan and
Minardi too completed their programs and we have plenty of
data from which we can make our recommendations for the tire
choice. The hot conditions here are not extreme in
comparison to Malaysia or Bahrain and I'm sure we'll have a
good race pace this weekend."
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