13 May 2016

SPANISH GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE

 

DANIEL RICCIARDO

First Practice Session: Position: 5, Best Time: 1:25.416, Laps: 25

Second Practice Session: Position: 6, Best Time: 1:25.194, Laps: 37

“Everyone is keeping a close eye on the team this weekend to see how Max goes; I’m a small part of it, but it’s exciting. Coming into the weekend we are expected to be the top five, so we’ll keep that goal; anything better than that will just mean bigger smiles. I was relatively happy with today; I think there is a bit more for us to find, but generally it was a good day. I know what this car is capable of, so a few changes tonight and then tomorrow hopefully we will be a bit further up the front. We did a good long run on the soft and the medium, which gave us a lot of good tyre information. This has given us the info we need for tonight to make smart decisions for tomorrow.”

 

MAX VERSTAPPEN

First Practice Session: Position: 6, Best Time: 1:25.585, Laps: 29

Second Practice Session: Position: 8, Best Time: 1:25.375, Laps: 31

“I’m happy; for a first day you can’t complain! We got through a lot of work and did a lot of laps and I think that’s the most important thing for me at the moment. I’m still getting used to the car, I don’t feel its full limit yet. It’s a new car, but I wasn’t nervous this morning, I just wanted to experience the car, I was eager to just go out and drive. I’m still learning a lot about the car; the seat position, the steering wheel position, all the switches and the procedures are all completely different to the Toro Rosso, but we are working on it and it’s getting better and better. Red Bull Racing is a good team and I enjoy working with them. If we have a good feeling tomorrow I will do my best and from there on we will see what happens; for sure you need a few weekends to be fully comfortable.”

 

 

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Five Unexpected Delights surrounding the start of the European Season

 

  1. Friends Reunited – After a load of flyaways where the travelling contingent is, shall we say, somewhat reduced, here in Spain you get the pleasure of seeing a load of long lost friends for whom it’s the first race of the season. Great!

Unfortunately, you also once again encounter a lot of people you absolutely loathe, but you do get the pleasure of telling everybody just how awful they are. Bonus!

  1. Ker-ching! – If you’re not from the Eurozone there’s a real thrill in digging down into your ‘special jar of foreign currencies’ and finding 40 euros you didn’t know you had. It feels like you’ve just got a free meal. Deep down you know that’s not true but it feels great anyway.
  2. TV Gold – If you’re an English-speaking broadcaster you get to say the words ‘bellwether circuit’* over and over again. Bellwether – it’s a great word. Bellwether. You have no idea what it means and neither does your audience, but it sounds like you do and that’s all that counts.
  3. It’s a known quantity – If you’re an engineer this may be the first race this year at which you get a proper night’s sleep on Thursday and Friday. Really, is there anything about set-up for Barcelona that you don’t already know? In fact, you could pretty much scrap all three practice sessions and go straight into Quali.

5 It’s got hideouts – On a flyaway there’s no place in the paddock in which team members can hide (unless it’s China, where you could comfortably hide a 747) but here in Europe the treehouses are back! For those who can’t remember why treehouses are cool, here’s a handy guide:

  1. i) you can hide in them
  2. ii) no one can get in unless they have the password

iii) you don’t tell anyone the password.

*bellwether

[bel-weth-er]

noun

  1. a wether or other male sheep that leads the flock, usually bearing a bell.
  2. a person or thing that assumes the leadership or forefront, as of a profession or industry: Paris is a bellwether of the fashion industry.
  3. a person or thing that shows the existence or direction of a trend; index.