2019 Chinese GP: Friday

April 12, 2019
Race Report
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Checo and Lance completed 121 laps of the Shanghai International Circuit during Friday's Practice in preparation for Race 1000.

On the first day of action for the Chinese Grand Prix, Checo and Lance put in the laps in the RP19 ready for the 1000 GP.

Sergio Perez

FP1:       1:35.820               P17         24 laps

FP2:       1:34.784               P15         35 laps

Sergio: “We showed some good pace early on this morning, but after some of the changes we made we seemed to be missing something. Fortunately we have lots of information and data to pick through tonight so that we can try and understand the direction we need to take for tomorrow.

The goal is still to make Q3, but we need to find something tonight to be in better shape for qualifying.”

Lance Stroll

FP1:       1:35.466               P9           25 laps

FP2:       1:34.779               P14         37 laps

Lance: “We completed a good amount of running today, collecting all the usual Friday data. I had a lot of traffic around me through both sessions on the short and long runs. It's frustrating when that happens but I think everyone was dealing with traffic out there. It's always very busy here going into the last corner and finding a gap is not easy. It's competitive in the midfield, but I think we're in the mix.

There are quite a few positions covered by a few tenths but it’s not until Saturday that we'll see everyone's true colours. I’d like to think we can be fighting for a place in the top ten, but we need to get everything just right tomorrow.”

Andrew Green, Technical Director

“We took a slightly different approach to the Friday sessions here in China, with our focus being on set-up and balance rather than the aero testing we carried out in Australia and Bahrain. On the whole, everything went according to plan and we completed all the test items on the job list. We ran all the different tyre compounds and this afternoon we explored tyre performance and degradation.

We will evaluate that data tonight to determine our strategy for the rest of the weekend. Track conditions were good, although it looks like the wind will pick up tomorrow and bring more challenging conditions, so we need to keep that in mind in terms of the set-up. Overall, though, it has been a routine day of work giving us the data we need going into the weekend.”