19 June 2015
AUSTRIA GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE
First Practice Session: Position: 6, Best Time: 1:11.642, Laps: 31
Second Practice Session: Position: 12, Best Time: 1:10.686, Laps: 48
“It’s been a relatively normal Friday for us and we know there are a few things we can work on now. If we do our homework overnight, hopefully we can find some improvements for tomorrow. Even with the penalties, we have to keep pushing as anything can happen in the race. This track is not easy for us but we will try our best.”
First Practice Session: Position: 7, Best Time: 1:11.724, Laps: 29
Second Practice Session: Position: 17, Best Time: 1:11.676, Laps: 38
“The track conditions were tricky today; I think it was a combination of low temperatures and the smooth surface which made it difficult to generate tyre temperature. We didn’t manage to put it all together for the short runs and I didn’t improve on the option because of a mistake in the last corner. But we’ll get on top of it tomorrow and hopefully get into the top eight on the grid. We were prepared to take the penalty here, so we’ll be starting further back, but hopefully we can have some fun overtaking. We’ve had a tough season so far but everyone is really motivated and determined to keep pushing.”
The Hills are Alive – Austria’s Top 5 gifts to F1
1. Wildlife – Canada might present the hazard of the occasional small rodent but Austria’s circuit has the big stuff – deer. Stefan Johansson memorably demolished one (and his McLaren) during practice in 1987 and Juan Pablo Montoya nearly encountered another in 2001 when his engineer informed him that a deer – he told JPM that it was “like a horse with horns” – was on track. The Colombian’s calm response was a simple “oh, dear”.
2. Atmosphere – It’s got all the things a proper grand prix should have – high speeds, variable weather and a passionate crowd, most of whom are living, very boisterously, in tents. If that sounds like classics such as Silverstone, the Nürburgring, Spa and Monza, well, there you go.
3. The all-Schnitzel diet – There’s nothing quite like the superb taste of that first bite of Austria’s national dish. The only downside is the certain knowledge that there are 15 more of these bad boys coming your way over the next four days…
4. The beer – they make it really, really well here. What more reason do you need?
5. Mountains – It’s simple: the best way to build a grand prix circuit is to start with a hill and scrape away anything that doesn’t look like a race track. Austria’s got good mountains, ergo a good circuit.