Pic feeling positive after free practice
The Frenchman, who is racing at his effective “home” race this weekend, felt that he had found a good balance in the morning and that continued on for the 90 minute session in the afternoon. Speaking in a team statement after the second session, Pic revealed that it took a few runs to get the set-up right but “by run three we’d found a pretty good balance.”
Continuing on, he said “That continued into the afternoon session and I’m pretty happy with how it ended up.” However he failed to get a “clean run” on the supersofts but found that his long run on the soft tyre compound had “quite good deg, good enough to give us some options for Sunday,” and concluding by saying “the car felt good throughout the whole run.”
Pic felt that he found a good “balance that worked on both compounds” quickly, enabling the team to get through plenty of running during the session. It was problem free for the Frenchman, admitting “We didn’t have any issues that held us up.
Giedo van der Garde, in the second Caterham, thoroughly enjoyed his Formula 1 debut at the Monaco Grand Prix. “I definitely enjoyed my first day in a F1 car in Monaco and I think we’ve made good progress today.” However he damaged his front wing on his third run, but “other than that it was fine.”
The team worked to resolve some problems with front locking and traction during the two sessions, and in second practice the Dutch driver felt “the car immediately felt better” due to the setup changes. However the rookie lost out on his supersoft run due to the red flag for Romain Grosjean’s crash.
Caterham are currently enthralled in a close battle with Marussia for the coveted 10th place in the constructors title.
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