Michael and Nico began the team’s weekend in Suzuka today with the first two practice sessions ahead of Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix, the 15th race of the 2011 season.
Michael and Nico completed a total of 93 practice laps, equivalent to over 540 km. In comparison to 2010, the fastest lap in P1 was 1.0995s slower, and in P2 0.436s slower.
For Ross: “Suzuka is a very challenging track and we had a slightly tricky balance to start with this morning. By the end of the second session this afternoon, we had largely got on top of that, with the engineers and drivers doing a good job to find better solutions. It’s clear that tyres will be a major factor in the race on Sunday.”
Norbert thought today was: “Quite an encouraging start to the race weekend on this unique and challenging track. Our lap times during the race simulation on the option tyre look quite consistent, and we should have a decent base to work from this evening.”