• Valencia, Friday: Ross “We will keep working hard and see what the weekend brings”

The first two practice sessions for the European Grand Prix took place today around the Valencia Street Circuit.

Michael & Nico completed 102 laps during today's two practice sessions - just short of two full race distances. Nico set his fastest time in P2 on the medium prime tyres after his soft option run was compromised by yellow flags.

The fastest P2 time was 1.366s slower than in 2011, although the same combination of tyre compounds is available.

Ross found that today turned out to be a “fairly standard Friday programme for us today. We ran the medium tyres this morning to start our set up programme and get an initial understanding of the tyre management parameters, then used both compounds this afternoon over longer runs.

The day ran smoothly and we completed our full programme. Michael and Nico are reasonably happy with the car’s performance so far, so we will keep working hard and see what the weekend brings.”

“A positive first day for us” said Norbert. “Nico posted fastest time on the prime tyre but did not get a clear lap without yellow flags on the options, following an accident on the track. Michael's and Nico's long runs under race conditions looked consistent on both types of tyres, so we have a solid baseline for another step tomorrow.”