• Monza, Friday – Ross: “We completed our planned programme”

The final race weekend of the European season got underway today at Autodromo Nazionale di Monza in Italy.

Michael and Nico completed a total of 131 laps during the two practice sessions. Following Michael's gearbox problem in Spa, the ratios were changed before P1 in accordance with the regulations.

The gearbox ran without incident today and will be inspected thoroughly this evening before qualifying and the race. As ever in Monza, the field was closely matched, with the top ten cars in P2 separated by little more than 0.8s.

For Ross, “we’ve had a pretty good day and both Nico and Michael were reasonably happy with the balance of the car by the end of the second session this afternoon. We completed our planned programme, and have all the information and data that we needed on the different tyres and fuel levels, so now we will have a look and make our plans for tomorrow.

“A positive start to the weekend on this traditional high-speed track” said Norbert. Nico and Michael posted consistent lap times during their long runs in race trim on both Pirelli tyres. We seem to have a reasonable base to work from tomorrow.