18 March 2016
First Practice Session: Position: 3, Best Time: 1:30.875, Laps: 13
Second Practice Session: Position: 4, Best Time: 1:39.535, Laps: 9
“Today was the definition of Melbourne. Four seasons in one day, that’s what everyone says and we got that today. It’s a shame we didn’t do that much constant running, but I’m not too frustrated with the position we’re in. The laps we did, I was pretty happy with and the car is in a decent place. It’s just nice to be back in the car again to be honest and I was very happy to put the helmet back on. I think tomorrow will be a little bit of a mixed bag for everyone. We did get enough running to feel all conditions and if it is variable throughout the weekend then we’re prepared for that. I took a little trip to the gravel this morning, but I noticed there were a lot of fans at Turn 12 and I wanted to say hello to them.”
First Practice Session: Position: 2, Best Time: 1:30.146, Laps: 14
Second Practice Session: Position: 10, Best Time: 1:42.411, Laps: 10
"Everything went well today I think, the car felt good out of the box so it’s promising. Obviously there wasn’t much running but it was the same for everyone and every lap we tried to take the most out of it, to learn as much as we could and we can put this data in our pocket for qualifying tomorrow and for Sunday. There’s not many indications from today, it’s impossible to predict what others were doing, what they’re going to do and so on, and so it wouldn’t be wise to draw any kind of conclusions. We still don’t know what the weather will be like tomorrow so we just have to be patient and see what the day will bring us."
You know you’re in Melbourne when…
1. You spend the first two days cursing your friends, who all appear to have spent the winter on the static bike and are 20kgs lighter than you.
2. You spend the first two days promising yourself you’ll buy a static bike as soon as you get home but on day three you rediscover the pie floater.
3. You spend the following day locked in your hotel room bathroom, cursing that last pie floater.
4. You spend the next day cursing yourself for once again not bringing that massive rain jacket and golf umbrella to sun-kissed Melbourne.
5. You spend 20 minutes interviewing this season’s star rookie driver until he gently informs you that he’s the other rookie and you’re at the wrong team.
6. You still don’t understand the tyre rules… so tell me again what happened to Prime and Option now that we have three compounds?
7. You still don’t understand the qualifying rules… so is there going to be a marshal with a flag saying ‘come in No. 42 your time is up’?
8. You’ve spent the last year telling anyone who’ll listen how much you miss the sound of F1’s old engines, until that bloody two-seater wakes you up at 7.00am every morning.
9. You begin to get over your jet lag on Sunday night, 16 hours before you’re due to fly home.
10. You swipe out on Sunday night saying “one down, 20 to go”.