David Coulthard and Mark Webber were unanimous in their view that the new track surface at Interlagos was a considerable improvement over previous years, as the pairing bid to help Red Bull Racing deprive Williams of its fourth position in the constructors' championship this weekend.

Coulthard ended the first day in tenth position, after completing 16 laps in the morning's wet conditions and 30 in the dry of the afternoon.

"That was a normal Friday practice," the Scot insisted, "as we ran through the programme ahead of qualifying. Obviously the conditions were pretty variable - which made running a bit more difficult - but the track was much smoother than it has been previously as a result of the resurfacing that's been done."

Team-mate Webber also featured inside the top ten - setting the eighth-quickest time in the morning - but could manage no better than 20th in the afternoon. After completing 35 laps in the dry, the Australian was keen to stress there was no particular cause for concern.

"The car was reliable," he underlined. "The track was very greasy in the first session, so we didn't do too much running then, but we were able to put in some more laps in the afternoon. We were learning about the tyres on the new asphalt; now the biggest thing we need to look into is managing the tyres. I think everyone will have the same situation, so we need to work hard to work out what's going to happen on Saturday and Sunday."

 

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