First practice took place in unrepresentative conditions, due to the move to a day-night race in Bahrain for 2014, so both drivers failed to complete a considerable amount of running. However, the second session was far more productive.
Hulkenberg finished fourth and 13th respectively in the two sessions, completing 28 laps overall. “It was quite a good day for us; we did not do a lot of running but when we were out on track the running we did was quite good,” said the German.
“First practice was not that representative because the race will be held at a completely different time of the day and with very different conditions, but the second session was a more realistic. We did some quality running in this session and we looked okay. I felt quite comfortable in the car and we just need to do some tweaks to the set-up tonight. I think we have a good starting point for the rest of the weekend.”
Perez set the ninth and 10th fastest times in first and second practice and managed a total of 61 laps. “Today was positive; we managed to complete our programme and we’re quite happy with the car, especially on the prime tyre,” said the Mexican.
“I was able to complete some long runs and that will give us plenty to analyse tonight. The track temperature and conditions change a lot between the late afternoon and the evening, and it’s something we were expecting.
“We will keep working to improve the car for tomorrow, but we can be satisfied with the amount and quality of work done today.”
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