• Abu Dhabi, Friday: Ross “We have achieved some good information on car balance and tyre life”

Michael and Nico completed the first two practice sessions for the 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit this evening.

P1 took place in sunny afternoon conditions whilst P2 saw the floodlights switched on around the 5.554 km circuit. Michael and Nico completed over 694 kms during the two sessions, which equates to 125 laps.

The team’s focus was mainly on race preparation and acclimatising to the different track conditions and temperatures.

“We worked through a fairly standard Friday programme today and spent a lot of the time on race preparations” said Ross at the end of the second session. “We have achieved some good information on car balance and tyre life, and some interesting factors have emerged from the drop in temperatures and the twilight conditions of P2. Overall, two very good sessions today where the car ran well, and we have a lot of information to work with overnight.”

Norbert felt today was a “productive first day at this beautiful and state-of-the-art race track which saw Michael running various programmes throughout the afternoon session whereas Nico concentrated on race simulations. Both drivers posted quite consistent lap times and our target for our ‘home’ Grand Prix here in Abu Dhabi will be to achieve similar results as we did in the second third of the season during the last six races.”