Gutierrez frustrated by loss of track time in FP1
Speaking in a team statement, he shared his frustration at missing out on a vital 90 minutes of running: “This morning was a little bit frustrating. It was too wet and we had to wait quite a long time to go out. Tomorrow is supposed to be dry, so it didn’t make sense to run in the wet.”
However he felt that the dry second practice was positive: “Fortunately it was dry in the afternoon and we managed to get a good number of laps on all three tyre compounds and high fuel, so that was positive. We were getting consistent laps and now we need to evaluate the two different set ups we had on the cars. It seems Nico’s configuration was a little bit better on the downforce, especially in the fast corners. So now we need to evaluate the data and make a decision for qualifying tomorrow.”
Team-mate Nico Hulkenberg admitted that the afternoon session was good but there’s still plenty of room for improvement: “The second practice this afternoon was good. We were able to change to dry tyres fairly quickly. Of course, the programme is a bit different without having a proper FP1 and it can get hectic sometimes, but I think we managed to work through the programme quite well. We learned a lot about the tyres and had a good, consistent long run. The set up of the car can still be improved, but that is normal after loosing so much time this morning.”
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