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Report: Checo and Lance take on Tricky Turkey track

November 13, 2020
2020
Race Report
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Cold temperatures and a greasy track create mixed-up order

Checo and Lance took to the Istanbul Park circuit for the first time this weekend and overcame the challenge of an unrepresentative opening practice session before racking up the laps in the afternoon.

Track cleaning, low temperatures and a harder selection of the Pirelli compounds meant the Formula 1 field had to grapple with a low grip circuit that made clean laps tricky to execute.

Using the Hard compound tyre, both drivers racked up over 20 laps each with Checo returning to the track nine years since the last Turkish Grand Prix, while Lance was experiencing the circuit for the very first time.

At the end of the 90-minute session, a mixed-up timesheet had Checo in P12 courtesy of a 1.38.612 lap time, while Lance was in P13 after lapping in 1.39.484.

With the track increasing in grip and temperatures increasing, FP2 was more representative, although early running again proved tricky for all drivers.

Checo and Lance started their running on the Medium tyre and set a series of fast laps in the first 30 minutes, with the pair climbing to P6 and P7 respectively.

Into the final hour and the duo had switched to the Soft tyres as the majority of the field sought to find the limits of Istanbul Park.

Lance would set his best lap during this stint, a 1.30.297 lap time, and moved comfortably inside the Top 10.

Checo posted a 1.30.104 moments before Lance, and the pair slotted into P9 and P11 respectively at the end of the session.

With almost 120 laps completed between the two drivers, the BWT Racing Point F1 Team has plenty of data to work through ahead of tomorrow’s Qualifying session.

Lance: “It was great to experience Istanbul Park for the first time, but it was very challenging out there. It’s a new asphalt and it’s very fresh, which makes it tricky because the grip level is very low.

“I wouldn’t expect it to improve significantly over the weekend, so that challenge is going to remain throughout the event. All the drivers and teams are in the same boat, so it’s about who can get to grips with the circuit best and I’m looking forward to seeing how it plays out tomorrow.

“Qualifying will be about figuring out the best strategy and considering how best to use the harder compound here in Turkey – it’s definitely not a one-lap tyre. We’ll go away and look over everything we learned today and come back tomorrow stronger.”

Checo: “It was very tricky out there today and it’s not just because of the colder temperatures – the lack of grip is a real factor too. When I did the track walk yesterday it was like walking on a marble floor, almost like your kitchen surface at home! It’s very slippery and I think it will be like that all weekend.

“It’s a shame we weren’t able to really experience the full impact of a lap around Istanbul Park, because it’s such a challenge and a great track, but I’m confident we’ll have a really exciting weekend here and that there will be plenty of opportunities for us.

“From what we’ve learned today, the strategy is going to be key and getting it right could be a big advantage. We’ve definitely learned a lot today and I’m confident we’re going in the right direction.

“The midfield battle is looking very close this weekend and hopefully we can get towards the front of it starting tomorrow.”

Cold temperatures and a greasy track create mixed-up order

Checo and Lance took to the Istanbul Park circuit for the first time this weekend and overcame the challenge of an unrepresentative opening practice session before racking up the laps in the afternoon.

Track cleaning, low temperatures and a harder selection of the Pirelli compounds meant the Formula 1 field had to grapple with a low grip circuit that made clean laps tricky to execute.

Using the Hard compound tyre, both drivers racked up over 20 laps each with Checo returning to the track nine years since the last Turkish Grand Prix, while Lance was experiencing the circuit for the very first time.

At the end of the 90-minute session, a mixed-up timesheet had Checo in P12 courtesy of a 1.38.612 lap time, while Lance was in P13 after lapping in 1.39.484.

With the track increasing in grip and temperatures increasing, FP2 was more representative, although early running again proved tricky for all drivers.

Checo and Lance started their running on the Medium tyre and set a series of fast laps in the first 30 minutes, with the pair climbing to P6 and P7 respectively.

Into the final hour and the duo had switched to the Soft tyres as the majority of the field sought to find the limits of Istanbul Park.

Lance would set his best lap during this stint, a 1.30.297 lap time, and moved comfortably inside the Top 10.

Checo posted a 1.30.104 moments before Lance, and the pair slotted into P9 and P11 respectively at the end of the session.

With almost 120 laps completed between the two drivers, the BWT Racing Point F1 Team has plenty of data to work through ahead of tomorrow’s Qualifying session.

Lance: “It was great to experience Istanbul Park for the first time, but it was very challenging out there. It’s a new asphalt and it’s very fresh, which makes it tricky because the grip level is very low.

“I wouldn’t expect it to improve significantly over the weekend, so that challenge is going to remain throughout the event. All the drivers and teams are in the same boat, so it’s about who can get to grips with the circuit best and I’m looking forward to seeing how it plays out tomorrow.

“Qualifying will be about figuring out the best strategy and considering how best to use the harder compound here in Turkey – it’s definitely not a one-lap tyre. We’ll go away and look over everything we learned today and come back tomorrow stronger.”

Checo: “It was very tricky out there today and it’s not just because of the colder temperatures – the lack of grip is a real factor too. When I did the track walk yesterday it was like walking on a marble floor, almost like your kitchen surface at home! It’s very slippery and I think it will be like that all weekend.

“It’s a shame we weren’t able to really experience the full impact of a lap around Istanbul Park, because it’s such a challenge and a great track, but I’m confident we’ll have a really exciting weekend here and that there will be plenty of opportunities for us.

“From what we’ve learned today, the strategy is going to be key and getting it right could be a big advantage. We’ve definitely learned a lot today and I’m confident we’re going in the right direction.

“The midfield battle is looking very close this weekend and hopefully we can get towards the front of it starting tomorrow.”

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