Pascal & Rio put our ‘new for Europe’ developments through their paces in the opening practice sessions in Barcelona


Free Practice 1 & 2, Formula 1 Gran Premio de España Pirelli 2016

Friday 13 May, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya



Pascal MRT05-03   FP1  P20  29 laps  1:28.084  /   FP2  P18  40 laps  1:26.960

Rio MRT05-01   FP1  P21  34 laps  1:29.052  /   FP2  P19  39 laps  1:27.252



Pascal Wehrlein:

“I think we’ve seen some good initial signs from our new developments today but we won’t have a full picture until tomorrow when everyone has run the softer tyres. For us, we saw a reasonable step from the Medium to the Soft tyres but we still have some balance issues that we need to contend with. So far, we don’t seem to have had the same challenges with degradation that we’ve experienced so far this year, so that’s a positive sign.”


Rio Haryanto:

“In FP1 we ran with the old specification before switching to the new package for FP2. It was working quite well, although it’s just the start and we need to fine-tune it a little more, but so far I’m happy. This afternoon we completed short and long runs to try to understand the balance and tyre wear, so it was a pretty busy day. A good start and I hope we can improve some more ahead of qualifying.”


Dave Ryan, Racing Director:

“Gauging the benefit of new developments is really the work of a couple of days, so although we’ve enjoyed plenty of track time to work our way through the programme, there’s still a little way to go before we can draw any firm conclusions. At this stage though, we’re cautiously optimistic that we’ve made some progress.”