Badger’s been sifting through the corporate speak and blah-blah-blah to bring you some of the more choice quotes from post-practice Melbourne, all handily collected in one place. Bonza!
“In terms of approach, how you come here, what you want to achieve, nothing has changed. Looking back it makes me very happy and very proud. I think that is the same for everyone in the team as well. We enjoy where we are at the moment, but we know as well we have zero points at this stage just like everybody else.” Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing
“I still see no use in looking at the times. People are doing different things and there are so many variables now with KERS and rear wings and what have you. We are not going to get carried away. It’s a positive day because we’ve been able to do so much running and get a good feel for the car in many different fuel loads.” Jenson Button, McLaren
“Nothing new yet and what else would you expect? These two free practice sessions have not actually revealed the real relative strengths of the teams. There are so many teams who could be in with a chance of going for the win and therefore it’s obvious that it will be necessary to have a good Saturday, without any mistakes if you want to start from the front row.” Fernando Alonso, Ferrari.
“The conditions made it tricky and interesting out there, but we learned quite a bit today. In particular, the tyres that have been criticised pretty heavily in advance worked out pretty well today. It’s been very pleasant today to drive the Pirellis.” Michael Schumacher, Mercedes GP
“Today could have been better, could have been worse. We had some small issues on the car, didn’t do all the mileage we wanted but most importantly we learned quite a bit. From testing in the winter we thought the soft tyres would only last one lap. I did my quickest lap here today on the second lap; the third lap wasn’t too bad either so this hopefully makes qualifying a bit less of a problem.” Nick Heidfeld, Renault
“It was a bit difficult this morning because I didn’t know the track and so I spent most of the session just getting to grips with it. It was quite slippery. This afternoon, we concentrated on long runs and were happy with the performance of the car. As we were good on the long runs, I think I can improve a lot tomorrow in terms of timed laps. I’m confident going into the rest of the weekend.” Pastor Maldonado, Williams
“I obviously sat out FP1. Nico (Hulkenberg) was in the car and session two was quite tricky with the weather. Also the traffic, just trying to get some clear laps to give me a good idea going into tomorrow. I think it was quite positive.” Paul di Resta, Force India
“I am happy with how my first day went. The second session especially was really good. I had no difficulties at all learning the circuit, as it felt familiar quite quickly. Regarding the set-up of the car, we are going in the right direction but have to figure out a few changes for tomorrow. I am very much looking forward to tomorrow, because this is when it counts.” Sergio Perez, Sauber
“I guess all week I was trying to prepare myself with the least amount of nerves and pressure as possible. Although it is just another time out there on track it did feel a bit different – I won’t lie. When I pulled out of the pits and got out on track I was a little bit jelly-like for the first few corners, but once I got the procedural stuff out of the way I was pretty happy and got into it.” Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso
“I put my hands up to it and totally accept it was a combination of a slippery track and less grip than I expected from the tyres that combined to put me out so early.” Karun Chandhok, Lotus
“Today, I must thank the whole team for their effort and hard work, they did a great job. I am very proud of them.” Colin Kolles, Hispania
“It’s disappointing. We’re not where we should be and it’s quite easy to see that we are not quick enough at the moment. The only chance we have is that the top guys in Q1 run the hard tyre and we run softs and then we don’t have a problem to get within 107 per cent. It’s disappointing and not great that the car is not on the pace.” Timo Glock, Virgin Racing