Spielberg

2016 Austrian Grand Prix – Friday

TIMES TUMBLE ON OPENING DAY IN AUSTRIA

  • Nico Rosberg finished both sessions in P1 with Lewis Hamilton finishing both sessions in P2.
  • A time of 1:07:373 from Nico Rosberg in the morning session saw him set a new fastest lap of the Spielberg circuit.
  • Both drivers ran the super soft and ultra soft compound tyres in the morning session. In the afternoon Nico ran the intermediate, super soft and ultra soft tyres, while Lewis ran the soft, intermediate and ultra soft.
Driver
Chassis No.
P1
P2
Nico Rosberg
F1 W07 Hybrid/05
37 Laps
1:07.373
P1
25 Laps
1:07.967
P1
Lewis Hamilton
F1 W07 Hybrid/04
34 Laps
1:07.730
P2
19 Laps
1:07.986
P2
Weather
P1- Dry, Mild; P2 -Wet, Dry, Mild
Temperatures
Air: 17.1 – 24.2°C °C
Track: 24.8 – 43.0°C °C

Nico Rosberg
There are some changes to the circuit this year with the new asphalt and kerbing; from my point of view those changes are pretty cool and it’s still a really enjoyable track to drive. The new asphalt seems to be suiting our car quite well, maybe better even than the old tarmac, but tyre usage will be the decisive factor this weekend as we saw quite a lot of graining during our dry running. In the wet this afternoon, I found a good balance with the car, so overall I’m pretty happy with our first day.

Lewis Hamilton
It was a tricky day getting up to speed and getting laps out on track. It started coming together this morning but then the rain in the second session meant we had to adapt our programme. Luckily, the high track temperatures meant the circuit dried out very quickly, so I was able to get more running on the ultra-soft tyre before the session finished and to get a feel for the balance and performance. We didn’t have any problems today, which is definitely a positive, and there’s definitely more to come. So I’m really looking forward to tomorrow.

Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical)
It’s been a good day as we managed to do quite a lot of work despite the disruption of the rain. We had a couple of spins this morning, one for each car but no real damage was done. We needed to do a little bit of work on the balance of both cars but overall the drivers are happy with their respective performances. It’s amazing how hard it can rain and yet within an hour the track can be completely dry again. I’ve never seen anything like that – ever!