Nico Hulkenberg was twelfth and thirteenth respectively in the two practice sessions, with Paul di Resta and Jules Bianchi fifteenth in the practice sessions they took part in.
"I think it’s still difficult to know where our performance level is right now, but we probably need to raise our game and improve a bit overnight if we want to challenge for points", said Hulkenberg. "The balance is not perfect just yet so we need to work tonight to get the car closer to the sweet spot. Apart from that we got through the programme, collected all the tyre data and so it was a fairly normal Friday".
"I think we learned quite a lot this evening, but there’s a lot of work ahead of us to understand where we stand and where we can improve", added di Resta. "This track is all about grip in the low and medium speed corners and that’s where we need to focus tonight. In terms of tyres we collected a lot of data today so we will be working hard to make sure we get them in the right operating window for qualifying and the race".
With a vacancy at the team in 2013, Jules Bianchi reckons first practice was his best yet.
"It think this was probably my best free practice session so far. I’ve done lots of testing here before so I know the track really well and felt very comfortable. The programme was quite simple with three runs, lots of laps and we improved the car with each run. The track improved a lot during the session, but the tyres went off quite quickly so it was difficult to improve my times at the end of the session", said the Frenchman.