21 OCTOBER 2016
First Practice Session: 1:39.963, Position: 7, Laps: 26
Second Practice Session: 1:37.552, Position: 2, Laps: 33
“I’m happy with today. This morning was solid and the long run pace was good. We made a few changes in between the two sessions and look pretty good for now so hopefully we’ll stay like that. On our long run pace we look like we’re able to match Mercedes, possibly quicker, so if we get the pace we had today against Mercedes on Sunday it’s going to be a fun race. It is only Friday though so let’s see what they’re doing tomorrow but it’s nice to start the weekend on the right foot. I don’t think we’ve got hours and hours of work ahead of us. Just a little bit of fine tuning as always but we don’t have to search for too much at the moment.”
First Practice Session: 1:39.379, Position: 3, Laps: 28
Second Practice Session: 1:38.258, Position: 5, Laps: 27
“We tried some different setups from FP1 and FP2 to try and find a strong feeling with the car. In the end we found a good one for the long runs on soft tyres but we still need to improve the short run pace. I’m quite confident we can do that tomorrow. We got some good data from the short runs but struggled to find a clean lap. We changed the setup during FP2 in order to improve some issues, which is why my car was worked on for a while. The supersoft seemed to lose grip every lap and get slower, so I think for the race it will be interesting. The long run pace seemed good, I had a Ferrari in front of me and I was catching it so I think that is a positive sign.”
If the shoe fits…
After finishing on the podium here in 2014, Daniel’s itching to once again don one of those big cowboy hats. “A podium would be nice,” he says. “A win? To do a ‘shoey’ out of a cowboy boot would be pretty amazing. I think the fans would like that as well.”
A ‘shoey’ out of a cowboy boot would be a pretty unique sporting celebration but would it be the strangest? Based on a quick internet search we’re going to say no. Here are some pretty weird victory dances…
1.     Birth of a Legend: Icelandic football team Stjarnan FC have become internet sensations thanks to a spectacular and expertly choreographed set of goal celebrations ranging from mimicking a bobsled race, being blown up by a hand grenade to, bizarrely going to the toilet and giving birth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zC8XanuhOss
2.     Happy Herbivore: When Novak Djokovic won his fourth men’s Wimbledon title in 2015, he celebrated with a mighty victory roar and also by hunkering down and eating a bit of centre court. He later explained: “I was assured it was gluten free, it’s not processed, completely organic and natural and I could eat it.” Oooookay.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnZzlJ2DAgY
3.     Tiny Dancer: Something of a natural extrovert, pro table tennis player and self-professed trained dramatic actor, comedian, master of ceremonies, commentator, voice-over artiste and film director Adam Bobrow celebrated scoring a point in one match with an extravagantly mobile routine. The music certainly helps. Turn it off and it just looks a little mental.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJn5L1nrkL4
4.     Head First: This is just bonkers. In this truly strange celebration an amateur Italian player scores a fairly unspectacular tap-in during Riolo Terme’s clash with Ponticelli. He then sprints across to the dugout and smashes his head straight through it. Cue immediate red card from the ref.
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5.     Doctor’s Orders: The crown though surely goes to Valentino Rossi for the vision and detail involved in his celebrations. From carrying a guardian angel around on the back of his bike in 1999 in Rio, to mimicking a prison chain gang at Brno in 2003, Rossi’s celebratory imagination is as boundless as his talent. The best, though, had to be at Jerez in 2007 when he turned bowler and his crew became bowling pins. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgAep5NWHdQ