TECH TALK: Spain
Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical)
"The first European race on the calendar traditionally marks the beginning of a new phase of the season. Most of our race freight has been away since early March, so it gives us a chance to refresh the parts and equipment as we transfer everything out of the air freight and over to the race trucks – a busy time for the race team! Barcelona itself is a circuit which is very demanding of all aspects of car performance. There’s a common saying in Formula One that if you’re quick around Barcelona, you’ll be quick everywhere. This makes it an important landmark in the season to see where you stand in performance terms, as most teams will be bringing a range of upgrades. Of course, we’ve all been to this circuit already in 2016 during winter testing – but it’s a very different track in May compared to how it was back in March. It will be much warmer and the tyres will behave differently. We have the Hard, Medium and Soft compounds to choose from, which presents some challenges. The Soft will be essential for qualifying but not be a great race tyre, so determining the optimum strategy will be a focal point. Qualifying and race starts will also be important, as it is notoriously difficult to overtake at this circuit. But the highest priority is to come back with our MGU-H problem solved, having had a repeat fault over the past two race weekends. The team has been working day and night to understand it and we’re targeting a clean weekend all round."
|Session||Local Time (CEST)||Brackley (BST)||Stuttgart (CEST)|
|Practice 1||10:00 - 11:30||09:00 - 10:30||10:00 - 11:30|
|Practice 2||14:00 - 15:30||13:00 - 14:30||14:00 - 15:30|
|Practice 3||11:00 - 12:00||10:00 - 11:00||11:00 - 12:00|
|Qualifying||14:00 - 15:00||13:00 - 14:00||14:00 - 15:00|
|Race||14:00 - 16:00||13:00 - 15:00||14:00 - 16:00|
Weather.com Forecast (Accurate as of Monday 09 April)
|Thursday||12 May||12 - 20°C||PM Showers||60%||20mph W|
|Friday||13 May||14 - 20°C||Showers||50%||16mph SW|
|Saturday||14 May||14 - 21°C||PM Showers||30%||18mph SW|
|Sunday||15 May||13 - 19°C||PM Showers||50%||22mph SSW|
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