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ITALIAN GP: FREE PRACTICE

A morning downpour at Monza lead to a very wet start to the Italian Grand Prix but the track dried out for the afternoon session allowing the Bulls to gather crucial data ahead of the weekend.

In Free Practice One Daniel was the first Bull out of the gate for the first session of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. Wet conditions saw the Australian complete a single install lap on wet tyres before returning to the garage. Daniel returned to the track on intermediates and completed 13 laps with a top time of 1:35.207 for P5.

Meanwhile, Max headed out for an install lap of his own on intermediate tyres. The Dutchman then completed 10 laps in total with a top time of 1:35.665 for P7. The Bulls will be hoping for drier conditions in this afternoons practice session.

The lap times started to tumble in Free Practice Two as the Autodromo Nazionale Monza started to dry out following the morning’s deluge. Both Bulls completed 28 laps Max setting the faster time with a 1:22.154 for P5 and Daniel P6 with a 1:22.296.

Free Practice Three on Saturday saw a dry track greet the drivers following a wet morning and both Bulls putting in a smooth session. Max put in 15 laps and finished the session in P5, with a fastest time of 1:21.388. Meanwhile, Daniel was P8, after completing 15 laps. His quickest time of the session was a 1:22.310

Following on from Friday's practice sessions, Daniel said:

“We looked more competitive on the long runs this afternoon but on the short runs Ferrari were really fast and we also still have a big gap to Mercedes. We definitely closed the gap on the long runs which is promising for the race, but there is still a bit to find. I used the new C-Spec engine for the first time which seemed to run ok. We won’t really know how well it performed until we look at the data but this afternoon we did some decent running with it and hopefully it shows some good numbers. Tomorrow I probably won’t do much running and it’s possible I will skip Qualifying as I’m going to be starting at the back anyway. I think on Sunday we will have a good enough car to come through the field and then work on the best position in the top five. To be honest, it’s just good to see that Marcus is ok because that was a big one and a worry for us all. He had a far tougher day than me.”

After his first day on track, Max said:

“It was alright today, the same conditions for everyone. Luckily we had a dry second practice where we could try a few things. In Qualifying with dry conditions, I think we are too slow, but on the long runs it looks more positive. If it’s going to be enough to really fight, I don’t think so. From the car perspective the behaviour was good so of course I’m happy with that. But this is definitely the worst track for us, I don’t expect any miracles and we will try to make the best of it. I don’t think it’s necessary to go with a different tyre strategy tomorrow as both compounds behaved really well. I don’t expect any problems there and we will just have to try to have the best Qualifying possible. I don’t know yet whether we will use the C-Spec engine tomorrow, we will decide that overnight when we have looked at the data. We just have to keep pushing and try to improve our car and then we will see where we are.”