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BRAZIL GP: FREE PRACTICE

An update from free practice at the Brazil Grand Prix as the Bulls get up and running at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace.

In Free Practice One Daniel was the first car on track for the first session of the Brazil Grand Prix at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace completing a single install lap before returning to the garage. Expect a charging Honey Badger in Sunday’s race with the Aussie due to receive a grid penalty after sustaining damage to his turbo charger while being recovered in Mexico.

Overall it was an encouraging opening session in Brazil as Max managed to top the timesheet with a 1:09.011 completing a total of 16 laps while Daniel got through a total of 23 laps with a best time of 1:09.395 for P4

 

Daniel was once again the first of the Bulls to head out for Free Practice Two but there was soon a red flag when Nico Hulkenberg put his Renault into the wall early in the session.

The session resumed with one hour and 12 minutes remaining on the clock. Daniel went straight back to work, ultimately completing 44 laps with a best time of 1:09.164 for P4. Meanwhile Max completed a total of 28 laps with a best time of 1:09.339 for P5

The Bulls were the last cars out on track for Free Practice Three, heading out with 27 minutes left of the session. Max finished in P5 with a 1:08.733, after his 12 laps. Daniel was P6 after posting a 1:08.788 from 12 laps.

Summarising Friday's action, Max said:

“I was pretty happy with the car as soon as I jumped in it this morning, which isn’t usually the case around here and showed in the first session. The car felt good but I had a bit of traffic on my quick lap, so I feel the time can still improve a little bit. As this circuit generally doesn’t suit us I don’t have any major expectations for qualifying, our focus is on the race. My long run pace looked OK, the second session was compromised a little bit so I couldn’t do everything I wanted but it felt alright. With only a few tweaks tomorrow I’m confident we can get the set-up where I want it. I was delayed getting out on track this afternoon due to a small oil leak and we wanted to make sure that was fixed and therefore shouldn’t cause any further issues. Looking at the weather, I think today was supposed to be the worst and it didn’t rain, so I’m not sure we will get any help in that respect.”

Daniel added:

“It was a pretty good afternoon and we made a good step forward between FP1 and FP2. It’s always a tricky track to get the car set-up perfectly as it’s quite demanding on the tyres. We struggled a bit with that this morning but we found a sweeter spot in FP2. This afternoon we had a decent car but we are still three tenths off, so pole is probably a bit of a stretch in these conditions. The others haven’t turned it up yet either but our race pace seems solid and that will be our main focus due to the grid penalty. I’ve known about the penalty since last week as the turbo was unfortunately damaged when a marshal used a fire extinguisher on the car in Mexico. I’ve come to terms with that and I’m ready to try and qualify well, race hard and make the best of the weekend.”