CHINESE GRAND PRIX PRACTICE
13 APRIL 2012
• Tyre runs and set-up work
• Aero evaluations and longer runs in P2
Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer: This morning’s session proved quite difficult, with the track remaining damp for a long time and with the associated running conditions straddling between the optimal window for either the intermediate or dry tyres. Towards the end of the first session we were able to complete a number of laps on dry tyres. With the evolving track conditions in the afternoon we worked on both the mechanical and aero balance to try and optimise the set-up for the race, but with reduced running this morning we still have some work to do tomorrow.
Pastor Maldonado: It was a bit difficult this morning with the track conditions. We need to improve our qualifying set-up and I will work through that with my engineers this evening. We will make some changes overnight but the car is looking stronger for the race.
Bruno Senna: It was a productive P2 for us. I don’t know the circuit particularly well so it is a steep learning curve, but I’m learning all the time and we’ll have some further improvements tomorrow.
Valtteri Bottas: The track conditions were pretty tricky today. I have never driven a Formula One car in wet or damp conditions so it was a new experience for me. I liked it though; it was good fun. Even though we had limited running it was important that we completed a run on dry tyres, which we were able to do towards the end of the session.