14 April


14 APRIL 2017
First Practice Session: 1:33.097, Position: 2, Laps: 22
Second Practice Session: 1:31.376, Position: 3, Laps: 28
ďToday was good. FP1 is always a tricky one here in order to set the car up, because itís so hot and the race is so cool so you have to be careful not to get carried away with what you learn during that first session. FP2 looked alright though. Normally the grip gets a lot better when the track cools down in the late afternoon, so that helped but the wind changed and the way the wind turned actually made the track slower. I think the low fuel pace looks competitive, but probably too competitive for now. I do like it but I expect Ferrari and Mercedes to sneak further ahead tomorrow. But in general it was a good day. We couldnít really ask for more. The long runs looked like they had a bit more pace so that was probably a bit more representative. I think we did what we had to do today so Iím happy. Letís make tomorrow a good one also.Ē

First Practice Session: 1:33.566, Position: 3, Laps: 23
Second Practice Session: 1:32.245, Position: 8, Laps: 18
ďI was struggling a bit with the balance today and I didnít quite have the grip I wanted from the rear of the car. The first practice you cannot really count or read into because of the high temperatures but now in FP2 I lost track time after hitting someoneís T-wing. It was unfortunate and to be honest Iím surprised how much damage it actually did to the floor. The team did a great job to change it so quickly and check the car over before I went back out on track. The other side of the garage looks quite competitive and now we need to review which configuration was better from the two cars and then apply that for tomorrow. My aim in FP3 will be to get as many laps in as possible to make up for the lost time today and then I will have a better idea of our target for the weekend.Ē

posted at 20:14:00 on 04/14/17 by webmaster - Category: races