Objectives P1 & P2
- Aero set-up
- Tyre evalutions
- Race set-up
Sam Michael, Technical Director:
Today was a good day's work from the team to get through all of our programme, which included checking new aero parts, set-up and evaluating drag level. We had one
issue in the morning with a gearbox input shaft failure on Rubens' car that cost him P1, but he recovered well in P2 to get through the items he wanted to test. On Nico's car, we ran a solid program all day. Now we're looking at set-up for tomorrow afternoon and we expect it will be a tight session.Rubens Barrichello
Runs P1: Run 1, new prime, 1 lap, installation check; Run 2, used prime, 3 laps, baseline
Runs P2: Run 1, new prime, 6 laps, baseline; Run 2, used prime, 4 laps, aero set-up; Run 3, used prime, 7 laps, set-up test; Run 4, new option, 7 laps, tyre evaluation; Run 5, used option, 7 laps, race set-up
Obviously we had a little problem this morning and lost a bit of track time, but we caught up well this afternoon. In summary, we look good. That said, we will have to work hard to maintain our relative position, so I am pleased, but I am taking nothing for granted.
Runs P1: Run 1, new prime, 2 laps, installation check; Run 2, used prime, 7 laps, baseline; Run 3, used prime, 6 laps, aero set-up test; Run 4, used prime, 4 laps, aero set-up test; Run 5, used prime, 9 laps, race set-up
Runs P2: Run 1, new prime, 5 laps, baseline; Run 2, used prime, 4 laps, aero set-up test; Run 3, used prime, 6 laps, set-up test; Run 4, new option, 8 laps, tyre evaluation; Run 5, used option, 7 laps, race set-up
It was a very positive Friday as far as I am concerned and I am very happy with the car right now. Hopefully it will be more of the same tomorrow and we will be able to put both cars inside the top ten. I think we're looking pretty competitive and we need to keep up the momentum that we have found today.