25 November


25 NOVEMBER 2016
First Practice Session: 1:43.297, Position: 3, Laps: 26
Second Practice Session: 1:41.389, Position: 4, Laps: 24
ďMy last Friday at the track for this season wasnít bad. We had a few issues with the car today which meant aborting the last run was the sensible thing to do so we can check the car and make sure we are ready to go in the morning. Nothing is broken and there is nothing to worry about, just safe to stop early. The grip is always a bit difficult in the first session here with the temperatures being higher but already you can tell itís a lot better as the track is cleaner in FP2. The Ultrasoft compound dropped off quite quickly, as you can tell by the short runs on them but the soft seems to be performing well. Ferrari look strong but we are up there also. I had a bit of traffic on my quick lap so Iím confident we are competitive, it should be an exciting qualifying tomorrow. Generally over the season we have improved from Friday to Saturday so I think tomorrow we will be strong.Ē

First Practice Session: 1:43.362, Position: 4, Laps: 27
Second Practice Session: 1:41.390, Position: 5, Laps: 33
"Itís hot here, even if itís night-time and the tyres get worked pretty hard both front and rear so relative to everyone I think we still look pretty good. If we all put it together tomorrow weíre more or less there and Iím confident itíll be a good fight for third place. As expected Mercedes are ahead but I donít think they are miles ahead, so looking at today maybe we can still race them on Sunday. Itís a dangerous circuit around here, but I donít see any reason to hold back in practice. If itís Monaco then I understand if youíre being careful about your equipment but here you can definitely push and go on the limit so weíll see tomorrow. Maybe Nico is holding back a bit and not showing Lewis too much. I think everyone predicts Lewis to take pole so itíll be interesting to see how it plays out tomorrow. I definitely felt comfortable today and am looking forward to the next two days.Ē

posted at 20:21:00 on 11/25/16 by webmaster - Category: races