• China, Friday – Ross: “Primary focus on race pace and understanding the tyres"

The first of the practice sessions for the Chinese Grand Prix took place today at the Shanghai International Circuit. The team completed a total of 89 laps, equivalent to one and a half Grand Prix distances at this circuit.

The technical programme focused on set-up changes, with intermediate tyres required for the early part of P1. In P2, the team worked on comparisons between the two dry tyre compounds on a variety of fuel loads. At least one of the team’s drivers has finished in the top three of every Friday practice session so far in 2012.

“We had a useful second session on the dry track this afternoon” said Ross on Friday afternoon. We were able to carry over some of the work that we wanted to do this morning to ensure that we completed our planned programme.

Whilst our low fuel runs look good, our primary focus has been on race pace and working to understand the tyres so that we can use them as well as possible on Sunday.”

Norbert was keen to remind that “we are not reading too much into today's lap times but we are quite positive about what we have learned in terms of race simulations and the comparison between the tyre types on both our cars.

In the limited time available after the wet first session, our team and drivers did a good job finding a solid basis to work from tomorrow.”