Fri: Renault, Haas, Manor, Sauber

Date published: April 15 2016 - Editor

Renault and Haas joined Manor and Sauber at the bottom of the timesheets at the end of Friday’s running for the Chinese Grand Prix…

Jolyon Palmer:
“We got through the majority of our programme today and made some good progress in FP2 so that’s encouraging. It was very low grip earlier on in the day and the track is rubbering in quite quickly so I think the times will keep dropping for everyone. For us, we have plenty of data to analysing from both short and long runs. We’ll work on things tonight to see where we can improve for tomorrow.”

Kevin Magnussen: “I had a suspension failure on the car, and that led to the tyre going. It was fairly easy to control as I was going straight, not in a corner, so I just lifted. Otherwise I did some installation laps and some aero runs this morning which are always useful data-wise but I have plenty to do tomorrow morning in terms of what I can learn from the track and the car. It might rain as well, whereas the race is likely to be dry so this isn’t shaping up to be the straight-forward weekend I was wishing for but we’ll get there regardless.”

Romain Grosjean: “Not an ideal day for the team. Esteban had a lot of problems. We had to try the new front wing, but the track is very difficult to understand. We’ve not managed to get everything working properly. The car is very difficult to drive. It’s not so easy. Tonight’s going to be a long night for the guys trying to analyze what we could do better for tomorrow. Right now, we’re not at all where we think we could be. We need to understand that and work with that. Today it hurt us that we’re a new team and we don’t have data from previous years. We’ve tried a few different things, but nothing seems to be the fix right now.”

Esteban Gutierrez: “It was a very difficult day. It’s going to be very important to analyze all the data this evening in order to sort out the issues and prepare for tomorrow and the rest of the weekend. The team has been working hard and I’m positive that we’ll rectify the situation. I’m looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow.”

Pascal Wehrlein:
“Second free practice was good; the first session was a bit messy with the two red flags, one on each set of tyres. This afternoon we did short and long runs, tried a few things with the set-up and everything seemed to be working well, no issues. The main point is that tyre degradation is really high; on the front left it’s massive. Everyone is struggling though so let’s see what tomorrow brings. We have to keep improving the car balance and watch our temperatures but so far it looks quite similar to how things were on Friday in Bahrain, so I’m quite positive.”

Rio Haryanto: “Today has mainly been about preparation for the race and understanding the tyre choices for Shanghai. It’s been a good day and a long run during the last 40 minutes has generated some good data for us to look at this evening. It’s good to see us in the same sort of mix as we saw in Bahrain. Tomorrow looks like rain, which we haven’t had since Friday in Australia. That could be interesting, as it will shake things up a little; hopefully in a good way for us.”

Marcus Ericsson:
“It’s been a decent day in Shanghai. I did a lot of laps working through the planned programme, especially on the soft and medium compounds. We got some good information for the rest of the weekend. Performance wise we still have to find a bit more. Let’s see what it is like when we go on the supersoft tyres tomorrow. For now, we have to look into the set-up of the car to make sure we are more competitive in qualifying.”

Felipe Nasr: “Unfortunately, I covered very little mileage in the morning due to the red flags in the first session. Later on, I couldn’t do more laps as we had a technical issue, so we had to abort the run. Unfortunately in the afternoon, on the qualifying simulation laps, I experienced an issue with the power steering. All I could do was to find out how the car handles with high fuel. I think it is going to be a tricky race regarding tyre pressures. We used the medium and soft tyres in the afternoon, the medium being the more consistent and the soft giving greater performance, but then dropping off really quickly.”