18 March

2016 Australian Grand Prix - Friday

18 March 2016, Melbourne
Stop / start opening day as rain interrupts running at Albert Park
Lewis topped both sessions in mixed conditions
Nico was forced to sit out the majority of P2 after contact with the wall at Turn 7
Both drivers used the intermediate and soft compound tyres

Drivers No. Chassis No. Practice 1 Practice 2
Lewis Hamilton 44 F1 W07 Hybrid/01 14 laps 1:29.725 P1 7 laps 1:38.841 P1
Nico Rosberg 6 F1 W07 Hybrid/03 11 laps 1:31.814 P6 4 laps 1:47.356 P15
Weather Intermittent showers
Temperatures Air: 16 - 19 C Track: 18 - 28 C

Lewis Hamilton
That was a good day. The car performed well and although we didn't get a huge number of laps in, they were still quite constructive sessions. I was lucky to get a couple of dry laps to get a tiny feeling for what the balance is like around here, which was down to some good work from the team to time my runs right. Generally, though, I'm just excited to be here and to get back in the car. When I was sitting in the garage, I felt like a kid waiting to open his presents at Christmas. Hopefully it'll be a dry day tomorrow so we can get plenty of laps in and give something back to the fans who have braved the weather today.

Nico Rosberg
That wasn't a good start to the weekend for me. It was very wet out there, which made it tricky. It's a shame that I lost the car in P2. I just applied a little too much throttle through Turn 7, spun round and touched the wall. My front wing was quite damaged, so unfortunately the boys will have some extra work to do tonight. My apologies go to them and a big thank you for their hard work. I'm now looking forwards towards qualifying and the race to put in a better performance.

Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical)
A bit of a frustrating day, which is unfortunate for the first day of the season and for the fans in particular. At best, we managed to string one or two sectors together on a track which was only ever dry in certain places. Then, in FP2, Nico just lost the back end of the car and collided with the wall, so not the best day overall. Fortunately it wasn't too major. The front wing was damaged and we've replaced the left front corner as a precaution - but nothing that will affect him over the rest of the weekend. We have a lot of work to do in FP3 tomorrow to prepare for qualifying and the race - but it's the same for everybody. We're looking forward to seeing how it all plays out and hoping for some dry weather.

posted at 20:10:00 on 03/18/16 by webmaster - Category: races