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Report: Checo and Lance in top 10 for Tuscan GP

September 12, 2020
2020
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Checo and Lance rise to the challenge of F1’s newcomer

Checo and Lance took on the keenly anticipated challenge of Formula 1 Qualifying at the high-speed Mugello circuit and were unlucky not to qualify higher than P6 and P7!

Our day began with an FP3 session in which our boys were able to demonstrate the overnight improvements made to the RP20 by putting in some impressive times on the Soft compound tyre.

Lance took the upgraded RP20 to P4 at the end of the session after lapping in 1.17.112.

With Lance ahead in the Drivers’ Championship, he had the benefit of the newer package, but it didn’t stop Checo from taking P7 in FP3 with a time of 1.17.341.

Confidence was high going into qualifying and we were able to stay well clear of the closely fought battle to make it into Q2.

Lance fired in an impressive 1.16.701 on his first run in Q1, meaning he could sit out the second runs and conserve his tyres.

It's always better to be safe than sorry, so Checo headed out for a second go in Q1 and toured in 1.16.596 to make sure we comfortably sealed our place in Q2.

The competition only increased in Q2 as our boys rose to the challenge! The first run proved crucial to making Q3, with few improvements coming in the final minutes.

Checo’s 1.16.489 lap time secured P9, while Lance’s 1.16.271 shot him up to P6 and meant both cars were into Q3.

Q3 would ultimately prove more frustrating as Lance was unable to set a second time due to Renault’s Esteban Ocon spinning in the final minutes of the session.

Checo qualified in P6 thanks to his lap of 1.16.311, ahead of Lance in P7 (1.16.356). But Checo’s one-place grid penalty means our drivers will swap grid slots, subject to a final grid ahead of tomorrow’s Grand Prix.

While we weren’t quite able to show our full pace, the RP20 is looking in good shape and it’s all to play for tomorrow!

Checo: “I think we got everything we could out of the car and overall it’s been a positive day for the team.

“It’s a shame that we have the penalty for the Grand Prix, but if I had to lose a place on the grid – I’m glad it’s to my team-mate!

“Lance was able to run the car upgrade today, which is looking positive, so that’s a good sign for the coming races.

“It’s a new race for all of us, so there’s plenty of unknowns and calling the strategy won’t be easy tomorrow. A strong start will mean we have everything to play for in the race.”

Lance: “It was a little bit frustrating out there today. I think we could have qualified in P4 or P5 without the yellow flag on the final runs in Q3.

“Regardless, there’s plenty of positives to take from today. We improved the car overnight and earned a good starting position – and that’s important because overtaking is going to be difficult here.

“I’m happy with the feel of the car and we have good underlying pace, so I think we have the potential for a strong result tomorrow.”

Otmar Szafnauer, CEO & Team Principal: “A pretty solid qualifying effort with both cars showing good speed across the sessions.

“Lance was unlucky on his final run in Q3 to be disadvantaged by the yellow flags for Ocon and had to abort the lap.

“The layout of this track suggests overtaking will be difficult tomorrow, so it was important to secure good starting positions today.

“I’m confident our race pace will match our qualifying speed and that we can bring home important points tomorrow.”

Checo and Lance rise to the challenge of F1’s newcomer

Checo and Lance took on the keenly anticipated challenge of Formula 1 Qualifying at the high-speed Mugello circuit and were unlucky not to qualify higher than P6 and P7!

Our day began with an FP3 session in which our boys were able to demonstrate the overnight improvements made to the RP20 by putting in some impressive times on the Soft compound tyre.

Lance took the upgraded RP20 to P4 at the end of the session after lapping in 1.17.112.

With Lance ahead in the Drivers’ Championship, he had the benefit of the newer package, but it didn’t stop Checo from taking P7 in FP3 with a time of 1.17.341.

Confidence was high going into qualifying and we were able to stay well clear of the closely fought battle to make it into Q2.

Lance fired in an impressive 1.16.701 on his first run in Q1, meaning he could sit out the second runs and conserve his tyres.

It's always better to be safe than sorry, so Checo headed out for a second go in Q1 and toured in 1.16.596 to make sure we comfortably sealed our place in Q2.

The competition only increased in Q2 as our boys rose to the challenge! The first run proved crucial to making Q3, with few improvements coming in the final minutes.

Checo’s 1.16.489 lap time secured P9, while Lance’s 1.16.271 shot him up to P6 and meant both cars were into Q3.

Q3 would ultimately prove more frustrating as Lance was unable to set a second time due to Renault’s Esteban Ocon spinning in the final minutes of the session.

Checo qualified in P6 thanks to his lap of 1.16.311, ahead of Lance in P7 (1.16.356). But Checo’s one-place grid penalty means our drivers will swap grid slots, subject to a final grid ahead of tomorrow’s Grand Prix.

While we weren’t quite able to show our full pace, the RP20 is looking in good shape and it’s all to play for tomorrow!

Checo: “I think we got everything we could out of the car and overall it’s been a positive day for the team.

“It’s a shame that we have the penalty for the Grand Prix, but if I had to lose a place on the grid – I’m glad it’s to my team-mate!

“Lance was able to run the car upgrade today, which is looking positive, so that’s a good sign for the coming races.

“It’s a new race for all of us, so there’s plenty of unknowns and calling the strategy won’t be easy tomorrow. A strong start will mean we have everything to play for in the race.”

Lance: “It was a little bit frustrating out there today. I think we could have qualified in P4 or P5 without the yellow flag on the final runs in Q3.

“Regardless, there’s plenty of positives to take from today. We improved the car overnight and earned a good starting position – and that’s important because overtaking is going to be difficult here.

“I’m happy with the feel of the car and we have good underlying pace, so I think we have the potential for a strong result tomorrow.”

Otmar Szafnauer, CEO & Team Principal: “A pretty solid qualifying effort with both cars showing good speed across the sessions.

“Lance was unlucky on his final run in Q3 to be disadvantaged by the yellow flags for Ocon and had to abort the lap.

“The layout of this track suggests overtaking will be difficult tomorrow, so it was important to secure good starting positions today.

“I’m confident our race pace will match our qualifying speed and that we can bring home important points tomorrow.”

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