Force India takes no risk in rain

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Great Britain, Silverstone Circuitgb

Sahara Force India completed limited running in very wet conditions during Friday practice at Silverstone. The team opted to take no risk as going out would not give much information about the car's balance anyway.

Paul Di Resta, VJM05/02:
FP1: P23, No time, 3 laps
FP2: P11, 1:59.429, 9 laps

“Very difficult conditions today, but sometimes you get weather like this. So we had to be patient and choose our moments because the track conditions were so poor with lots of rivers running across the circuit. We didn’t really change the car all day, so we will start with the same set-up tomorrow morning. I certainly feel for the fans who missed out on seeing much action today, but it was great to see so many people come along on a Friday.”

Nico Hulkenberg, VJM05/03:
FP2: P9, 1:58.943, 12 laps

“A very limited programme today to avoid running on such a wet track with a high risk of aquaplaning. The only time we felt we could learn anything was in the final half hour of the afternoon session so we remained in the garage for most of the day. The forecast for the rest of the weekend looks very mixed so I think we have a challenging weekend ahead of us.”

Jules Bianchi, VJM05/03:
FP1: P24, No time, 1 lap
“It’s a shame about the weather today. I only did the install lap and that was it. The conditions were so wet that there was no value in doing more laps and there was very little we could learn.”

Jakob Andreasen, Chief Engineer:
“A frustrating day for all the teams due to the wet weather, which kept us in the garage for most of the day. It’s a shame for the fans, who turned out in huge numbers, but with the high risk of aquaplaning it was sensible not to take any risks until we felt the conditions allowed us to do meaningful running. We ran on the wet tyres with Jules, Paul and Nico, and did one run on the intermediates with Paul. There were some aero developments on the car today, but it was very difficult to learn much in such tricky conditions.”