|ROBERT FERNLEY, DEPUTY TEAM PRINCIPAL
“As Fridays go, it was a fairly routine start to the 2017 season with a brake system problem on Esteban’s car the only significant issue at the start of FP1. Fortunately we resolved that quite quickly allowing Esteban to get on with learning the track.
“The VJM10 has been behaving as we expected from a set-up perspective, which allowed us to push on with understanding the various tyre compounds and seeing how they perform in these conditions compared to what we saw during pre-season testing. All the information we collected today will determine our approach for the rest of the weekend.
“Sergio’s programme was straightforward and Esteban took a mature approach to learning quite a difficult track. We split some test items – areo and mechanical – between the two cars to make comparisons and that will help our decision-making tonight.”