2013 Formula 1™ Korean Grand Prix – Free Practice 1 & 2
Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, Korea
Friday 4 October 2013
BIANCHI MR02-02 FP2 P21 1:43.108 31 laps
CHILTON MR02-03 FP1 P21 1:44.100 14 laps FP2 P22 1:43.441 29 laps
GONZALEZ MR02-02 FP1 P22 1:46.810 10 laps
It was a typical Friday programme for the Marussia F1 Team, albeit with three drivers in the mix over the course of two sessions. Today was one of Reserve Driver Rodolfo Gonzalez’s scheduled Free Practice 1 sessions and on this occasion it was Jules Bianchi’s turn to hand over the reins.
Max had a positive morning acclimatising to what is a new circuit for him, getting to grips with the tricky compromise set-up required for the Korea International Circuit. Rodolfo undertook an aerodynamic evaluation which was blighted briefly when a driver error put him in the wall, damaging the nose and necessitating extensive checks in the garage.
This afternoon, Jules Bianchi was back in chassis 2 and got to work on supplementing his own brief FP1 experience of this track last year, alongside Max. Both drivers suffered balance issues initially but these were largely dialled out as the programme progressed.
Jules Bianchi #22
“Overall I’m happy with the start of my Korean Grand Prix weekend. Having sat out FP1 I just needed to make the best of FP2 and get through as much set-up and tyre evaluation as possible, which we did with 31 laps. A good beginning but we need to make progress from here. ”
Max Chilton #23
“I’ve enjoyed a pretty promising start to what is a new circuit for me. We started the day with a bit of an imbalance and we tried a few things to overcome that, some of which worked and some of which didn’t help. At the end of the day though we seem to have found our feet a little more at this track and so I’m looking forward to seeing how we can move forward from here.”
Rodolfo Gonzalez, Reserve Driver
“It has been good to get back in the car again after a reasonable spell out of the cockpit, but unfortunately I made a mistake, lost the front wing and damaged the nose. Thankfully the damage was confined to requiring a new nose-wing rather than creating any problems that would affect the run plan for the rest of the day. When I was back on track I was able to achieve some good data from our aero evaluations.”
John Booth, Team Principal
“Our plan in FP1 was for quite a full session with Rodolfo, mainly stepping through some aero-set-up options in order to gather data with the aim of optimising our current package. Unfortunately, after getting caught out on the first run, we had to reduce the programme to data gathering rather than timed laps, however the information we got from these runs was still very useful. Max concentrated on doing some balance work and getting acclimatised to the circuit. Overall, despite our issues, we were pleased with the results we achieved from FP1. Into FP2, with both race drivers in the car, we again had a busy session exploring balance along with normal tyre evaluations. Jules got up to speed quickly and was relatively happy with the car on low fuel. He struggled a lot with understeer on the high fuel running. With Max we almost had the opposite balance, so we have some good data to look at to arrive at the best compromise for the two situations of qualifying and race.”