13/04/2018
Chinese Grand Prix Practice
Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer: We had a pretty busy programme planned for today with a lot of aerodynamic tests. With rain predicted for FP2, we shuffled the tyres around a bit between both sessions relative to our normal pattern. We’ve completed all of our programmes that we set out to do, even though we lost some track time with the rain at the end, and Lance flat spotting a set of tyres in FP2. I think we’ve got some good data to analyse that will put us in a better place tomorrow, but there’s still a lot of work to do. There are lots of things we can analyse but we’ll do what we can trackside to maximise performance this weekend.
Lance Stroll: We had a tough FP2. In FP1 we were on the medium tyres for the session, but in FP2 I made a mistake on my first run and ran off the track. I was on a good lap on my second run and lost the car, and that was it as I never really set a lap time. Then we went into the race simulation that seemed half decent. The car seems a little bit better on ultrasofts, like in Australia, but we are still towards the back. I think it is going to be difficult again to get out of Q1.
Sergey Sirotkin: It’s tough, but we didn’t expect it to be easy. We know where we are and we know there’s a lot of work to be done. So far, it’s looking quite good. We are not the fastest car, but the way we work is good. We tried a couple of interesting things in the morning and in FP2. The long runs were a bit messy with traffic and rain, so it was not the most productive afternoon. Personally, I’m quite happy. I can point out the progress. Tomorrow and the race can be different, but I’m happy with my progress and with the team. It’s looking good.
Shanghai International Circuit, China | 5.451 km, 3.387 miles
FP1
FP2
Weather
Cool and dry
Cool and wet
Air & Track Temperatures
19°C / 19-21°C
17-18°C / 19-21°C
L. Stroll, FW41-03
1:37.277 (20th)
1:37.147 (20th)
S. Sirotkin, FW41-02
1:36.691 (15th)
1:35.340 (16th)
Quickest Time
L. Hamilton (1:33.999)
L. Hamilton (1:33.482)