10 April


2015 CHINESE GRAND PRIX FRIDAY 10/04/2015


Carlos Sainz (STR10-04, Car 55)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:41.112, pos. 8th, 23 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap: 1:39.971, pos. 15th, 28 laps
We managed to go through todays plan with no issues, so Im happy with that. FP1 was all about learning the track. I felt quite comfortable from the very beginning and was able to build-up on that. Its a nice track, I like driving here, its challenging and different to other circuits, which is good. FP2 was more focussed on tyre life and performance. Unfortunately, during the Option run the red flag spoiled our short run, but when we went back out to complete the long run I felt good. Everything is very close here, its going to be a tight fight this weekend, but we are ready for it.

Max Verstappen (STR10-03, Car 33)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:41.575, pos. 12th, 28 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap: 1:39.894, pos.14th, 32 laps

It was a bit of a difficult day today, to be honest. I wasnt really happy with the balance of the car in FP1, so we tried to improve it for FP2. It was better but we still need to find a bit more pace. Of course, we were also not able to complete the ideal lap this afternoon because when we went out the red flag came out.
Theres definitely room for improvement and hopefully we can do a better job tomorrow. I like driving here, its a technical track and quite challenging, but thats what I like.

Phil Charles (Chief Race Engineer)
It hasnt been the best of days for us today. Our long run pace is relatively better than our short run pace, but weve got a lot of work to do tonight. Its a tricky track, both in terms of setting the car up and for the drivers, so we know weve got to look in both directions. Well help them where we can but weve got to kick hard now and make the car easier to drive. We will sit down and do our homework now and try and make everything a little bit better, kinder on the drivers, and the short run will hopefully come up quite nicely then. Were not as happy as we have been recently, but its only Friday so we still have time to get back to where we know we can be.

posted at 23:58:00 on 04/10/15 by webmaster - Category: races