Strong lap tally, evaluations aplenty and only a minor off to tackle
Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado completed a positive first day ahead of the 2014 Chinese Grand Prix, with a total of 94 laps of the Shanghai International Circuit completed between the two drivers.
A small mistake at the pit lane entry from Pastor during FP2 curtailed the latter half of his session, however both drivers were upbeat with progress.
“Everything seemed to work a little better today,” said Romain, who celebrated his 28th birthday yesterday.
“It was a good Friday for us overall, we managed to do plenty of laps and understand as much as we could about the E22. We also evaluated a reasonable number of different parts on the car and power unit settings.
“For tomorrow we will see what can be achieved and of course it would be wonderful to be able to qualify in the top ten.”
All wasn’t plain sailing over on Pastor’s side of the garage, with an off in the afternoon in the pit lane entry.
"I was a little optimistic on the entry to the pits, and the run off is quite short, but that's how it is,” he philosophised afterwards.
“It's a tricky part of the track and we've seen incidents there before. Now we need to look forward - we had a good FP1 and we tried different set-ups in the car and completely different philosophies so now we have more data to analyse and look at in preparation for tomorrow.
“The car is improving - the power unit seems to be better and more consistent - so we're making good progress. Our quali mode is better, which is something we are working on, so hopefully this weekend will be much better for us. Points are realistic, so we'll do our best to achieve that."