"Today was quite a mixture. The first session was surprisingly good
for the conditions we had on the track. I was pretty happy with the
balance and with the things we were trying, which were more for next
year. Normally FP2 is a better session in the cooler conditions and with
lower track temperatures, but for us it was the opposite. We need to try
and get back to having the behaviour and feeling of the car I had in
FP1, so, as always, we will try our best, and hopefully it will work
better tomorrow than it did this afternoon."
"The car was feeling nice to drive, probably one of the best of the
year, but the pace was quite slow. It was tricky around the circuit,
because it changes a lot from FP1 to FP2 as the conditions get cooler
and it turns from day to night. I was enjoying it and it was good fun to
drive. I felt that I learnt something from FP2 in the long runs,
especially after the red flag as our pace was stronger in relative
terms. I have not been feeling great, but the session was good for me
and I feel fine to drive, which is the most important thing."
Dave Robson, Senior Race Engineer:
"We enjoyed a productive Friday as we conducted testing in the hot
conditions of FP1 before turning our attention to qualifying and race
preparation in FP2. The red flags in both sessions disrupted the flow a
little, but, nonetheless, we adapted well and completed everything that
we had planned.
The cooler conditions in FP2, and the relatively soft compounds
available at this event, helped improve the handling of the car, and
this was particularly to George’s liking. Unfortunately, Robert was less
happy in FP2 than he had been in FP1, and this is something that we will
be looking at overnight.
Tomorrow will be another day of two halves, with the track hot in FP3
before again cooling down before, and during qualifying. We will not pay
too much attention to FP3 and instead will try to build on our FP2
findings as we seek the best balance for qualifying.
Although we are rapidly approaching the end of a long and tricky season,
it is inspiring to see that the team continues to work hard,
professionally, and effectively. Their tireless efforts are very much
appreciated, and their dedication to the cause will prove to be
excellent preparation for next season."