The Red Bull duo of Ricciardo and Kvyat will be looking to find a better balance and some clear track as Virtual Safety Car periods frustrated in early practice sessions. The pace of Jenson Button’s McLaren suggests that a new challenger has emerged as Red Bull look to find the pace to secure Q3 in Qualifying for the Bahrain GP.
First Practice Session: Position: 4, Best Time: 1:34.461, Laps: 27
Second Practice Session: Position: 9, Best Time: 1:32.870, Laps: 23
“Dany is probably happier with his Friday than I was with mine. This morning wasn’t too bad but from the very first lap this afternoon I locked the front into Turn 1 which killed that set of tyres. We couldn’t use that set for the long run which compromised our afternoon programme. With the super softs on the low fuel we still needed to find a bit more balance, and with the high fuel run, we were interrupted with the virtual safety cars. We still have some homework to do but we’ll see how tomorrow goes. I think Q3 will be on the edge for us, but the race will be better.”
First Practice Session: Position: 5, Best Time: 1:34.541, Laps: 30
Second Practice Session: Position: 7, Best Time: 1:32.703, Laps: 34
“All in all it was a good Friday for us which was crucial after what was a pretty disastrous weekend in Melbourne. We were aiming to do good mileage, which we achieved and we have a lot of data to go through tonight. We hope to continue this form into tomorrow and maybe make a couple of steps forward. There were a few surprises today in terms of pace, obviously McLaren was one of them. There may be some more surprises tomorrow depending who makes it click overnight but I’m pretty confident we will be in good shape.”