Team

Report: Lance on top as Nico returns

July 31, 2020
2020
Race Report
This is some text inside of a div block.

Our home Grand Prix at Silverstone got off to a promising start as Lance set the best lap time during Friday’s running and Nico quickly adapted to our Formula 1 car.  

 

After a whirlwind 24 hours, Nico was able to jump in the car right in time for FP1, and both our drivers enjoyed trouble-free running in FP1.

 

Our boys began the session with a short stint on the Softs before a red flag early in the session brought both RP20s back into the garage.

 

After a 10-minute delay, Lance returned to the track on Softs and posted a lap time of 1.28.879 to go second in the session.

 

Meanwhile, Nico was quickly readapting to driving an F1 car and lapped in 1.30.121 to move up to an encouraging P9.

 

Next time around, Nico found more time to jump up to P7 after a significant improvement to 1.29.600.

 

Lance continued his run and lapped closely to his benchmark before the pair ended their Softs running.

 

After bolting on the mediums, Lance was able to move into P3 by posting a 1.28.931 lap time inside the final 30 minutes of running.

 

Nico would head out shortly afterwards and again set a series of improvements.

 

He initially rose to P6 with his 1.28.675 lap time and improved it again to 1.28.592 – ultimately settling into P9 at the end of the session. Both our boys racked up 22 laps.

 

Scorching temperatures in the afternoon provided the backdrop to a fruitful session of longer runs.

 

Both drivers headed out on the Hard tyres, and Lance was quickly on the pace to go into P4 with a 1.29.720 lap time before a yellow flag briefly disrupted FP2.

 

Nico again spent the early running getting to grips with the RP20 and after 30 minutes of running placed P9 with a best time of 1.29.041.

 

The final hour was spent running on the Soft compound tyre, and both drivers quickly set their best laps of the session.

 

Lance surged to the top with a 1.27.274 run while Nico moved to P5 with a 1.27.910 time.

 

While rivals improving shuffled Nico into an eventual P7, Lance remained untouchable to top the session.

 

Lance: “It’s been a positive day and it feels great to be on top in FP2. The car was strong on both the short and long runs today, so it’s a promising start to the weekend for us.

 

“We knew coming into the weekend that Silverstone could suit the car and it looks like we’ve got a good shot at some big points this weekend, although qualifying and the race are where it really matters!

 

“My heart goes out to Checo: we’ll definitely miss having him around, but it’s great to welcome Nico back to the team. I’m sure he’s enjoying driving this car – and he’s looking competitive, which is great.”

 

Nico: “It’s been a really special last 24 hours. At 4.30pm yesterday, I took the call from Otmar and got on the plane. I arrived at the factory and had my seat fit until 2am. I got in the simulator at 8am this morning and had some useful prep work.

 

“I want to thank the team for their amazing work to get me into the car today, and the FIA for their help with the superlicence and turning it around so quickly.

 

“The main positive today is that we completed our programme and that I completed plenty of laps. It was a jump into the deep end, but I was able to see the potential of the car – even if I feel like I could have got more out of the soft tyre today.

 

“It’s been great to work with some old faces again and that’s been a help in getting up to speed too.


“I’m looking forward to working with everyone tonight to make sure we extract everything from the car tomorrow.”

Our home Grand Prix at Silverstone got off to a promising start as Lance set the best lap time during Friday’s running and Nico quickly adapted to our Formula 1 car.  

 

After a whirlwind 24 hours, Nico was able to jump in the car right in time for FP1, and both our drivers enjoyed trouble-free running in FP1.

 

Our boys began the session with a short stint on the Softs before a red flag early in the session brought both RP20s back into the garage.

 

After a 10-minute delay, Lance returned to the track on Softs and posted a lap time of 1.28.879 to go second in the session.

 

Meanwhile, Nico was quickly readapting to driving an F1 car and lapped in 1.30.121 to move up to an encouraging P9.

 

Next time around, Nico found more time to jump up to P7 after a significant improvement to 1.29.600.

 

Lance continued his run and lapped closely to his benchmark before the pair ended their Softs running.

 

After bolting on the mediums, Lance was able to move into P3 by posting a 1.28.931 lap time inside the final 30 minutes of running.

 

Nico would head out shortly afterwards and again set a series of improvements.

 

He initially rose to P6 with his 1.28.675 lap time and improved it again to 1.28.592 – ultimately settling into P9 at the end of the session. Both our boys racked up 22 laps.

 

Scorching temperatures in the afternoon provided the backdrop to a fruitful session of longer runs.

 

Both drivers headed out on the Hard tyres, and Lance was quickly on the pace to go into P4 with a 1.29.720 lap time before a yellow flag briefly disrupted FP2.

 

Nico again spent the early running getting to grips with the RP20 and after 30 minutes of running placed P9 with a best time of 1.29.041.

 

The final hour was spent running on the Soft compound tyre, and both drivers quickly set their best laps of the session.

 

Lance surged to the top with a 1.27.274 run while Nico moved to P5 with a 1.27.910 time.

 

While rivals improving shuffled Nico into an eventual P7, Lance remained untouchable to top the session.

 

Lance: “It’s been a positive day and it feels great to be on top in FP2. The car was strong on both the short and long runs today, so it’s a promising start to the weekend for us.

 

“We knew coming into the weekend that Silverstone could suit the car and it looks like we’ve got a good shot at some big points this weekend, although qualifying and the race are where it really matters!

 

“My heart goes out to Checo: we’ll definitely miss having him around, but it’s great to welcome Nico back to the team. I’m sure he’s enjoying driving this car – and he’s looking competitive, which is great.”

 

Nico: “It’s been a really special last 24 hours. At 4.30pm yesterday, I took the call from Otmar and got on the plane. I arrived at the factory and had my seat fit until 2am. I got in the simulator at 8am this morning and had some useful prep work.

 

“I want to thank the team for their amazing work to get me into the car today, and the FIA for their help with the superlicence and turning it around so quickly.

 

“The main positive today is that we completed our programme and that I completed plenty of laps. It was a jump into the deep end, but I was able to see the potential of the car – even if I feel like I could have got more out of the soft tyre today.

 

“It’s been great to work with some old faces again and that’s been a help in getting up to speed too.


“I’m looking forward to working with everyone tonight to make sure we extract everything from the car tomorrow.”

Related