Giedo van der Garde said the cars balance was ‘good’ from his first run, though he did experience understeer through turns 10 and 11.
“It felt the same on run two – still well balanced and as the track kept getting faster I could really start to push around the whole lap. It’s a good feeling when the car’s like that straight from the start of Friday and even though we had a small issue with the rear brake temps getting a bit higher than we’d have liked, it was all good.” van der Garde explained.
The car improved during FP2 with van der Garde making up almost a second during his first run in the afternoon.
The Dutchman explained that the medium tyres performed well, however the options weren’t performing well for more than a few laps.
“We ran a normal FP2 plan so finished with the long run, starting on the mediums. They were consistent for the whole run which looks good for Sunday,” he said.
“the options really aren’t performing here for anything more than a few laps”
Teammate Charles Pic echoed van der Garde’s positive comments about the car, saying the car performed ‘OK right from the start’.
Between FP1 and FP2 the Leafield based team made some changes to the car, but still have some work to do.
“we made a couple of mechanical changes and the car’s straightline performance felt better but we still didn’t have enough front grip overall and needed to improve braking stability to really start being able to push.” said the Frenchman.
Pic is hoping the team will be able to get some more pace out of the car before Saturday morning and maintain the pace on Sunday for the Indian Grand Prix.
“We have some work to do tonight to find the pace that’s in the car here – throughout the season we’ve come back well in FP3 and quali so the aim is for more of the same tomorrow, and to carry that through to Sunday.”
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