• Spa, Friday – Norbert: “A great challenge to get the set-up right during the practice session tomorrow”

Michael and Nico began their 50th Grand Prix weekend with the team today at a very wet Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium, with this weekend also marking Michael’s 300th Grand Prix.

Weather conditions in Spa were very wet throughout the day with continuous and heavy rain showers. P1 saw little action until late in the session when the drivers were able to complete a few laps on the wet tyres

P2 was also a washout with Nico and Michael the first drivers to go out after an hour to complete practice starts.

“There was a limited amount of work that we could achieve today given the conditions” said Ross at the end of Free Practice 2, “especially as the forecast for Saturday and Sunday looks better. However we did learn some things which could be useful so it was not a complete washout of a day. It’s a shame for the fans here that they weren’t able to see more track action and thanks to those who stuck it out till the end.

It’s a special weekend for us with Michael reaching the impressive total of 300 Grand Prix starts, and it’s a great pleasure for me to have worked alongside him for almost all of them!”

Norbert felt that “there is not much to say about this first day after the summer break when heavy rain prevented everybody from any meaningful running. The forecast predicts a dry circuit tomorrow, so Spa will possibly be the fourth race in a row with different conditions on Friday than for the remainder of the event. This means again a great challenge for all teams to get the set-up right during the one hour practice session tomorrow morning.”