Kamui Kobayashi - 12th: "The lay-out of the track is really nice, and I have a good feeling driving the circuit. Because it is new it was very dusty and slippery, especially in the morning. The first laps were like driving in the wet. Here we have the soft and the hard tyre compounds. With the hard ones you cannot really drive here, while with the soft tyres it was still not easy to heat them up and get them to work properly, but there is no comparison to the hard ones."
Sergio Perez - 13th: "The circuit is very nice, and I really enjoy driving here. Regarding the set-up work, it is quite challenging because you have many changes of direction and several fast corners as well as slow corners too. But we could complete our programme and have the feeling we are getting there. Of course the track conditions were improving during the course of the day. The hard tyre compound doesn't work, so it won't be easy to create a race strategy in which it makes really sense. However, everyone has to use it in a dry race."
Giampaolo Dall'Ara, Head of Track Engineering: "When you come to a new venue it is always important that you have a trouble free first day, and this is what we had. We completed our normal Friday programme as planned and worked on the set-up of the car. It is impossible to get grip from the hard tyre compound but this didn't come as a surprise."