Sahara Logo2014 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix: Free Practice Report

Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez made the most of today’s practice sessions in preparation for Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

Nico Hulkenberg                   VJM07-04
FP1:     1:38.122         P4                    10 laps
FP2:     1:35.998         P13                  18 laps

Nico: “It was quite a good day for us; we did not do a lot of running but when we were out on track the running we did was quite good. First practice was not that representative because the race will be held at a completely different time of the day and with very different conditions, but the second session was a more realistic. We did some quality running in this session and we looked okay. I felt quite comfortable in the car and we just need to do some tweaks to the set-up tonight. I think we have a good starting point for the rest of the weekend.”

Sergio Perez                          VJM07-02
FP1:     1:39.102         P9                    21 laps
FP2:     1:35.802         P10                  40 laps

Sergio: “Today was positive; we managed to complete our programme and we’re quite happy with the car, especially on the prime tyre. I was able to complete some long runs and that will give us plenty to analyse tonight. The track temperature and conditions change a lot between the late afternoon and the evening, and it’s something we were expecting. We will keep working to improve the car for tomorrow, but we can be satisfied with the amount and quality of work done today.”

Robert Fernley, Deputy Team Principal
“Another solid day of practice with both cars getting through our programmes without any significant concerns. It was good to see Sergio complete so many laps given the difficulties we had in Malaysia on his car and he seemed very comfortable today. Nico also made good progress and we were encouraged by the competitive long run pace. So I think we are in reasonably good shape going into the weekend.”