An update from free practice for the Japanese Grand Prix as the Bulls get up and running at the Suzuka International Circuit.
Some races just have a feel good factor; Suzuka is top of that list. It doesn’t really matter who you talk to, it’s virtually impossible to find anyone working in Formula One who doesn’t look forward to the Japanese Grand Prix. The drivers all like the circuit; the crews enjoy working in front of the crowd who cheer every practice pitstop; it’s good for photographers, and TV gets great action shots. It is, pretty much, the perfect circuit.
And the Bulls took to it for a production Free Practice One session. Daniel took P3 with a 1:29.273 from 32 laps with Max in P6 with a 1:29.841 from his 30 laps. Topping the timesheets was Lewis Hamilton with a 1:28.691.
Turning attention to Free Practice Two, Max took P4 with a 1:29.257 whilst also completing 32 further laps of setup work on his RB14. Meanwhile, Daniel took P6 with a 1:29.513, adding another 27 laps to his count for the day. Topping the timesheets was Lewis Hamilton with a 1:28.217.
Mixed conditions greeted the drivers for Free Practice Three as the Bulls continued to look for the right balance with the RB14. P4 and a 1:30.304 was the reward for Max's 13 laps while Daniel took P6 with a 1:30.474 from his 10 laps in a rain interupted session. Topping the timesheets was Lewis Hamilton with a 1:29.599.