Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber are both hoping they've seen the last of the wet weather this weekend after Friday Practice was heavily disrupted by rain. The reigning constructors champions continued their winter philosophy and refused to chase lap times, finishing the combined classification in fifth and 11th with Webber the quicker of the two.
Vettel was cautiously optimistic about the RB8's performance in the dry but concedes they have a lot of work still to do and is keen for a dry third practice session.
“I think obviously with the conditions it's difficult to get a lot of running, but it was the same for all of us. The little time we had in the car this afternoon was okay, but now we have to find the balance and learn a bit more about the car. The important thing now is to make a step overnight and go from there. Track time is important when the car is still young.”
Teammate Webber bemoaned the rain which prevented him from completing all the running that was planned but the home favourite is still positive ahead of the race, pointing out that they are no more disadvantaged than anyone else.
“We did learn a little today – but after nine weeks of anxious waiting it was a shame with the weather. Mother Nature played a big role and it made it quite challenging for everyone. We got some dry running at the end of each session, which was good. The track was drying out reasonably quickly, but there were still a few sections at the end that were damp. In the end we got what we could out of it, but we still have some work to do. It was compromised running for everyone; I'm looking forward to coming back tomorrow.”