2018 Belgian GP Practice – Red Bull Racing

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2018 Belgian GP Practice – Red Bull Racing

24 AUGUST 2018
BELGIAN GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE
MAX VERSTAPPEN
First Practice session: 1:44.509 Position: 2, Laps: 20
Second Practice Session: 1:44.046 Position: 4, Laps: 25
“It is always difficult to judge how you compare after day one as not everyone is pushing 100%. Today we mostly concentrated on setting up the car with very low downforce. Of course we know this won’t be our strongest track so we are focusing on getting as close as we can on the short runs. Our long run pace doesn’t look bad at the moment either so I’m quite happy with that, with a bit more grip it should be even better. We have to be realistic, fifth and sixth is about where we expect to be around here due to our power deficit but we are trying to optimise everything on the car to be as close as we can. Over the last few days the chance of rain has decreased which is a bit of a shame as this helps us close the gap. Already the orange flares have been lit which is great to see, it’s nice to see so many fans out here supporting me on a Friday.”
DANIEL RICCIARDO
First Practice Session: 1:44.558 Position: 6, Laps: 4
Second Practice Session: 1:44.250 Position: 6, Laps: 31
“This morning I had some issues and the mechanics had to take the back off the car, which was time consuming, so I only completed one timed lap. Maybe they thought I needed an extended summer break (laughs) but I was definitely ready to drive. This afternoon we made lots of changes and went back and forth on set-up. We learnt quite a lot but I felt that maybe as we improved one thing we created a problem with something else. With the limited running we haven’t found the optimum balance yet and need to improve on both short and long runs. We will do a bit of homework tonight to find the best compromise and some more pace.”
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Breaking News
How are we all? Relaxed, rested and ready for the nine-race rollercoaster ride that is the final part of the season? No, didn’t think so. After all, the past few weeks have constituted the busiest shutdown in years. Indeed, the glut of announcements was enough to keep the presses rolling (they still have them you know) and set the internet alight for the whole of the shutdown. All the same, we were left hankering for more. So in the spirit of this summer of shock revelations, here are a few stories we wish we had seen while trying to have a holiday…
1. Liberty considering introducing an actual game of musical chairs to F1 – A spokesperson for the commercial rights holder said: “It has everything – intrigue, drama, stars. So every year in Spa we’re going to set up a massive ring in the middle of the paddock and then we’ll make the drivers run around until we stop that music no one likes. Trust me, then we’ll see which drivers really want to be in the sport. It’ll be like Gladiator meets one of those TV dance competitions but with bigger tantrums and more sequins.”
2. F1 Stickerman hits jackpot – While the rest of F1 undertook long-forgotten projects such as ‘spending time with the family’ and ‘enjoying a bit of peace and quiet’, there was no let up for one lucky F1 supplier. Within minutes of the shutdown starting, Silverstone livery specialist Reg Decal took a call that was to change his life. “Holiday what holiday?” joked Reg. “I’ve spent every waking minute licking the back of sticky tape things, heating up the glue and perfecting writing out the word ‘point’ with a big pen.”
3. FIA bans team announcements – In an official communication to Formula 1 teams, F1’s governing body wrote: “Hello? What part of the phrase ‘summer break’ do you not understand? There is a time and a place for everything and 10 minutes before the shutdown is not the time for your drivers to be telling people that after a lot of soul-searching they’ve decided that their future lies in contemporary dance or finger painting. That’s it, we’re banning that kind of thing.”
2018-08-24T17:12:07+00:00August 24th, 2018|Belgian Grand Prix, Formula One, Red Bull|