Although Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld both managed to record top ten times during free practice for the Italian Grand Prix, both admitted that they would be studying the datasheets tonight after the Monza circuit proved to be unlike that found at last week's group test.

Thankfully, the day was largely trouble-free for both drivers, meaning that they could concentrate on honing their set-up, but Kubica, in particular, admitted to finding the change in conditions a challenge.

"We were testing here last week, so we know a bit about the car's balance and other things, and that was why we didn't run a lot in first practice," the Pole commented, having posted the fourth fastest time of the marginally quicker afternoon session.

"However, it looks like the condition of the track is pretty different, and the braking stability, especially, is worse than it was in testing. In the second free practice, we did many long runs, comparing the tyres, and these were looking quite good, but I think we have quite a lot of data to look at and analyse."

Team-mate Heidfeld was less concerned, despite lapping slower than Kubica in either session.

"I think, in general, our configuration is good," the German confirmed, "Both sessions were trouble-free, but my lap times on the long runs are less consistent than I would like. The balance of the car changes, with it being better during the test, so we now have to analyse the data. I still hope we can come close to Ferrari."

Technical director Willy Rampf confirmed that the day had been good from a reliability point of view, and appeared satisfied with the performance of the F1.07s.

"After testing here last week, we began the morning session with a good set-up base, but there was still enough to do," he explained, "We concentrated totally on the race preparation, and completed some long runs with both tyre compounds, so we have all necessary data available.

"I'm pleased with our performance so far. We didn't have any technical problems whatsoever and were able to complete the whole programme. Tomorrow morning, we can now focus on preparing for qualifying."

 

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