Felipe Massa has acknowledged that qualifying remains an area of relative weakness for his Ferrari team ahead of what is likely to prove the most important qualy session of the season so far in Monaco.
Red Bull chief Christian Horner is hopeful Mark Webber can repeat his historically strong Monaco form next week after admitting the forthcoming races represent an opportunity, as well as a period of added pressure, for the Australian in regards to his Red Bull future.
Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes cannot afford to lose focus on improving their race performance for the Monaco GP, even though the unique nature of the street circuit may not expose the W04′s frailties to the same extent as recent grands prix.
Lotus boss Eric Boullier has compared Pirelli’s decision to revise their tyres mid-season to ‘changing the dimensions of a football pitch at half-time’ – but has nonetheless expressed optimism that his team will be able to adapt to the alterations.
McLaren’s Jonathan Neale is confident Honda will produce a “massively competitive” engine on their return to F1 and the team will successfully manage the transition from Mercedes to the Japanese manufacturer.
Unsurprisingly perhaps, after watching his driver Kimi Raikkonen finish second in the Spanish Grand Prix by making one pit stop fewer than his rivals, Lotus Team Principal Eric Boullier has played down the furore over tyre wear in Barcelona.
The increasingly contentious nature of F1 circa 2013 has been picked apart by the British press in the wake of the tyre-dominated Spanish GP, with the widespread suggestion being that the sport has now gone too far in its pursuit of drama and unpredictability.