Encouraging Start for the Team in Russia

September 27, 2019
Race Report
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A promising Friday for the team saw both Checo and Lance feature inside the Top 10 during FP1 and FP2 in readiness for the Russian Grand Prix.

Checo and Lance show encouraging pace on Friday in Sochi

Sergio Perez

FP1   1:36.321   P9   27 laps

FP2   1:34.998   P7   31 laps

Sergio: “A promising day. I think it’s been our best Friday of the season in terms of understanding and progress. We did a lot of aero work and I’m very pleased with the day. I’m massively looking forward to tomorrow and Sunday.

The conditions could change at any time so we have to be ready to react to the weather, try to find a couple of tenths and we should be fighting for a strong position.”

Lance Stroll

FP1   1:36.714   P14   26 laps

FP2   1:35.176   P9     31 laps

Lance: “I’m happy with today and the car is feeling good. There are still some things to work on in terms of the balance, but we seem quite competitive at the moment. Anything can happen tomorrow and there may be a bit of rain in the mix too.

Singapore was the first race with the new package and sometimes it takes more than a weekend to find a good balance. We still have to work on a few things but we’re not in bad shape.”

Otmar Szafnauer, CEO & Team Principal

“Overall it has been a productive day that’s given us plenty of information to analyse this evening. The track evolved quite significantly throughout the first session, during which we were carrying out a substantial aero test programme.

It was a good opportunity to continue evaluating the car parts that were introduced in Singapore. That all went quite smoothly and the drivers felt happy with the baseline car set-up.

The focus now is to work on the low-fuel qualifying performance, but the weather forecast tomorrow is far from certain with a high chance of rain, which would present a very different challenge.”