“Feeling confident for the rest of the weekend”LEWIS HAMILTONMP4-26A-04P1 programme 27 laps 1m40.403s (+0.140s) 3rdP2 programme 31 laps 1m39.586s 1st“It was a really positive day for me. The car feels good – our long-run pace doesn’t feel too bad and we seem to be quite competitive. The car feels a lot better than it did at the last race – so I really hope I’ll be able to keep that going throughout the remainder of the grand prix weekend.
“The track just got better and better today, so I slowly chipped away at the set-up. The tyres are behaving well – at the last race I had degradation and didn’t have the pace, so it feels much better this weekend. That’s a real positive for me.“When you come through a Friday without any problems, it definitely makes you feel confident for the rest of the weekend.”JENSON BUTTONMP4-26A-03P1 programme 21 laps 1m40.263s 1stP2 programme 30 laps 1m39.785s (+0.199s) 2nd“I’m still not entirely happy with the balance – although I’m confident we’ll get to the bottom of it. Nonetheless, the pace of the car is good – Lewis was very quick today – and our long-run pace is very good.
“I was playing around with overtaking on my long run, but I still reckon it’ll be difficult to overtake people in the DRS zones. So I think it’s going to be a bit of a struggle to make moves stick in the race – which means it’s going to be important to qualify up at the front.
“It’s tricky around here, but we made some good progress here this afternoon and evening.”MARTIN WHITMARSH
Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes“To finish first in both sessions is an incredibly promising start to our weekend here in Abu Dhabi. Obviously, it’s too early to accurately predict the pace of the teams around us, but it’s encouraging to have been able to power through today’s programme without setback and to have set the benchmark time in both P1 and P2.“Lewis has been particularly complimentary about the car we’ve brought to this race, and Jenson is positive too, despite feeling there’s still potential for improvement. Our aim now is to build on this promising start, further develop the cars’ set-up with the engineers overnight, and push to maintain this position in qualifying tomorrow.”
1. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m39.586s 31 laps2. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m39.785s + 0.199 303. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m39.971s + 0.385 204. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m39.980s + 0.394 345. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m40.104s + 0.518 356. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m40.132s + 0.546 267. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m40.553s + 0.967 348. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m40.951s + 1.365 349. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m41.021s + 1.435 3710 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m41.490s + 1.904 3411 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m41.565s + 1.979 3412 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m41.680s + 2.094 3313 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1m41.947s + 2.361 3114 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m41.983s + 2.397 3415 Bruno Senna Renault 1m42.369s + 2.783 3616 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1m42.798s + 3.212 3517 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1m42.910s + 3.324 3418 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1m43.562s + 3.976 3619 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1m44.050s + 4.464 3820 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m44.265s + 4.679 4121 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1m45.486s + 5.900 3422 Jerome D'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1m46.142s + 6.556 3223 Tonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1m46.249s + 6.663 2124 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1m46.328s + 6.742 34
1. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m40.263s 21 laps 2. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m40.389s + 0.126 26 3. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m40.403s + 0.140 27 4. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m40.755s + 0.492 27 5. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m40.801s + 0.538 25 6. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m41.260s + 0.997 17 7. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m41.340s + 1.077 23 8. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m42.130s + 1.867 26 9. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m42.151s + 1.888 2810. Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m42.377s + 2.114 2611. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m42.633s + 2.370 2612. Romain Grosjean Renault 1m42.685s + 2.422 2913. Vitaly Petrov Renault 1m43.118s + 2.855 1314. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1m43.255s + 2.992 2915. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m43.389s + 3.126 2416. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m44.412s + 4.149 2817. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m44.484s + 4.221 1818. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1m44.565s + 4.302 2719. Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1m44.898s + 4.635 2520. Tonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1m46.385s + 6.122 2821. Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1m46.532s + 6.269 2722. Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1m48.024s + 7.761 2023. Robert Wickens Virgin-Cosworth 1m48.551s + 8.288 2324. Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 3