26 May


Pascal and Rio make their Monaco Grand Prix debut in the opening free practice sessions
Free Practice 1 & 2, Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2016
Thursday 26 May, Circuit de Monaco
Pascal MRT05-03 FP1 P22 25 laps 1:20.868 / FP2 P22 46 laps 1:18.814
Rio MRT05-01 FP1 P21 28 laps 1:20.528 / FP2 P21 10 laps 1:18.647

Pascal Wehrlein:

In FP1 we didnt get quite as much running as wed hoped due to a combination of factors, including the virtual safety car interruptions and finally the red flag which ended the session early. FP2 was a lot better and we managed to get through a lot of work, which was quite satisfying, but there is still a lot to do in order to be prepared for the rest of the weekend. Today was the first time I have ever driven around this incredible track and also the first time we have run the Ultrasoft tyres, so a lot going on but all in all not a bad start to the weekend and now I cant wait until Saturday to get back out there again.

Rio Haryanto:

Today was going pretty well until my crash at St. Devote. Id had a good morning, wed been working our way through the run plan and I was looking forward to trying out the Ultrasoft tyre. Unfortunately I braked a little too late and hard and lost the car on the exit of the tunnel and into the chicane. Thankfully the impact with the Armco was not so bad and the car isnt too badly damaged. Plus, we have the extra day to prepare the car, which eases the pressure on the guys a little. However, its unfortunate and its a shame that I wasnt able to complete the programme as preparation is key here. Better luck in FP3 I hope.

Dave Ryan, Racing Director:

Its been an interesting start to our Monaco weekend, with the various incidents on track reminding everyone just how unforgiving this circuit can be. Unfortunately, Rio was one of the drivers to receive a stark reminder of this on the exit of the tunnel and on his first run with the Ultrasoft tyre but thankfully the damage was relatively minor and it wont keep the mechanics here too late tonight, although Rio could well find himself buying the boys a drink or two sometime over the weekend. The stop-start nature of the day hampered progress a little but with Pascal we managed to get through a lot of work and he was clearly revelling in his first taste of this circuit. Generally, a reasonably positive start and lets see how things pan out on Saturday.

posted at 21:26:23 on 05/26/16 by webmaster - Category: races