An update from free practice at the Shanghai International Circuit as the Bulls prepare for Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix.
Daniel was the first Bull out of the box for FP1 at the Shanghai International Circuit completing 22 laps with a top time of 1:34.537 which was good enough for P4. Meanwhile, Max also completed 22 laps in the morning session with a best time of 1:34.668 putting him into P5.
In FP2, a 1:33.823 was good enough for P5 for Max as he completed a further 26 laps of progress with his RB14. For Daniel is was P9 with a best time of 1:34.557 coming from his 26 laps of the Shanghai International Circuit. Topping the timesheets for FP2 was Lewis Hamilton with a 1:33.482.
In FP3 it was P4 for Max with a 1:33.969 and P15 for Daniel with a 1:35.061 as his session was cut short due to a suspected turbo failure. The Tem are working hard to get his RB14 turned around for qualifying.
Speaking on the session, Max said: “We spent a bit of time during the first session today working on the setup of the car in order to understand it better. By the end of the day the pace was looking good and I think we can be happy with the car’s performance, it’s always good to finish a day’s running with no major problems and we don’t look too far off. We just managed to fit in a longer stint before the rain came towards the end of the second session so we didn’t feel the need to stay out.
"The long runs were once again very positive and I felt pretty comfortable. A little bit of fine tuning on the short runs to get the balance better and we should be alright. This track is good for overtaking anyway so I think we can have a good race judging by our pace.”
Daniel added: “Half of the morning and half of the afternoon were good. Generally with the harder compounds I was more comfortable, but once we put the ultrasoft on we didn’t have as much speed so we need to find a bit of time there and understand where we are losing. I obviously know what doesn’t feel right in the car, but now we need to find the answers and change that for tomorrow.
"The long runs were much better and I’m confident we can find the speed. Overall, we aren’t looking too bad and I hope we can be in the fight with Ferrari and Mercedes.”