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2009 EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX FREE PRACTICE

Valencia, Friday August 21

HEIKKI KOVALAINEN
MP4-24-03
P1 programme                                     16 laps
1m42.636s (2nd)
P2 programme                                     31 laps
1m40.738s (10th)

Heikki completed three installation laps this morning as the team began evaluating new components for the Valencia weekend. With the track feeling quite green and slippery, Heikki played himself in during the first session (five laps/1m42.762s best; four laps/1m42.636s), but quickly found a good rhythm and a positive set-up for the car.Into the afternoon, Heikki continued his earlier momentum, running through his full programme: four laps/1m42.768s; five laps/1m42.857s; seven laps/1m41.354s (Options) and seven laps/1m40.738s(Options). He ended the day 10th fastest overall. “I am quite satisfied with my day’s running,” Heikki said. “We ran exactly the programme that we’d planned and the car feels pretty good. For me, this has been a much better start to my weekend than in Hungary and I feel like we’re in good shape. The pace at the front is very close, but I think we’re in the hunt. We now go into tomorrow fully focused on getting a good result.”

LEWIS HAMILTON
MP4-24-05
P1 programme                                     18 laps
1m42.654s (3rd)
P2 programme                                     3 laps
1m43.214s (20th)

Lewis spent most of the morning session tweaking the set-up to his satisfaction. He completed two installation laps before conducting a three-run programme – all on Prime tyres (four laps/1m43.645s; four laps/1m42.654s and two laps/1m44.102s). Despite struggling with the rear-end, he concluded the morning by finding a comfortable set-up.In the afternoon, Lewis was even more pleased with the changes made between the break, but, on only his second flying lap, the rear-end snapped into oversteer and he hit the wall with the front wing. Although the contact was only slight – breaking one of the front-wing hangers – the team’s lack of spares meant that he was forced to sit out the remainder of the afternoon session. “I touched the wall, but didn’t even really feel the impact,” Lewis later admitted. “I only grazed the front wing – but, unfortunately, it couldn’t be repaired as we didn’t have a spare one. Hopefully, we can get a new one for tomorrow, or else we’ll have to make some changes – we don’t have lots of these wings available. “I didn’t feel too happy with the car this morning, but the changes we made between the sessions were very positive. On my last lap, I was six tenths up and it was already looking quite good, so I feel positive for Saturday. It’s a shame we missed out on so much track-time, but I still think we’ll be okay tomorrow – that time can always be regained.”

MARTIN WHITMARSH
Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

“As a team, we enjoy this circuit – it’s a unique, demanding challenge for the drivers, engineers and mechanics. Unfortunately, Lewis witnessed the unforgiving nature of this place when he grazed the wall at the start of P2 – it was only a light touch but it was enough to break part of the nosecone we’d brought for this race. “For the team, that breakage also tells another story: as with all the teams, the factory shutdown presented us with a number of challenges – one of which was preparing sufficient spares for this weekend. Sadly, we didn’t have enough parts to enable Lewis to complete this afternoon’s session – but that’s also a legacy of our intense and aggressive development strategy, which has seen us relentlessly bring new parts to the track as soon as they are manufactured. In this instance, more spares will arrive tonight and will be fitted ready for tomorrow. “Despite this incident, we’re still encouraged by the pace demonstrated by both drivers today – and once again go into tomorrow’s sessions gearing up for another battle at the front.”

NORBERT HAUG
Vice-president, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport

“Not an ideal start to the weekend with Lewis unfortunately damaging his car on his second timed lap in P2. The spin slightly damaged his front wing, and, since there are no spares yet for this brand new part, it meant the end of his session. Heikki had to run without his KERS hybrid working due to a technical problem which cost him both track time and lap time. We’ll be in much better shape tomorrow and on Sunday.”

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ヘイッキ・コバライネン
フリー走行1=2位/フリー走行2=10位
「今日の走りには満足しているよ。プログラムどおりに計画を進めることができたし、マシンはかなりイイ感じだよ。ハンガリーの時より良いスタートが切れたし、良い調子だよ。先頭グループのタイムはかなり接近しているけど、僕らもその中にいると思っている。今は、予選でしっかりと結果を残せるように集中してるよ」。

ルイス・ハミルトン
フリー走行1=3位/フリー走行2=20位
「壁に触ったけど、衝撃は全く感じられなかったんだ。フロントウイングをこすっただけだったけど、残念なことにスペアのマシンがなかったんだ。明日には新しいフロントウイングが使えると思う。だけど、そうならない場合は、まだ十分なフロントウイングがたくさんあるわけじゃないから、今あるものに変更を加えなきゃいけない。今朝はマシンに満足できなかったけど、セッション中に加えた変更は常にポジティブなものだったんだ。最後のラップでは0.6秒速くなったし、かなりいい感触だったから、土曜日も良い結果が残せると思っているよ。トラックでのミスは残念だったけど、明日にはまだチャンスがあると思うし、今日の失敗を取り戻せるはずだよ」。

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