• Shanghai, Friday – Ross: “Pleased with the race preparation that we have been able to complete”

The Chinese Grand Prix weekend got underway today with Nico and Lewis completing the opening two practice sessions at the Shanghai International Circuit.

The pair completed 41 laps between them this morning, finishing the first session with Nico in P1 and Lewis in P2. The afternoon session focused on longer runs and race preparation with both tyre compounds. Nico completed 35 laps in the second session and ended the day in P4, with Lewis completing 39 laps in P7.

For Ross, the team had “a pretty good day here in Shanghai. There were a number of items that we wanted to evaluate and the programme has gone well. The car seems to have a good balance, the feedback from the drivers was positive, and I'm pleased with the race preparation that we have been able to complete.

We can see where the challenges are for this weekend and tyre life is certainly going to require some attention. We need to do a good job tonight and then we should be able to have a reasonable final practice and qualifying session tomorrow.”

“This was a good and productive day without any problems for us” noted Toto. “We tested quite a few things during the first session in the morning with positive results. As usual we ran both prime and option tyres in the afternoon and did our normal long runs.

Keeping the option tyre from dropping off early is quite a big challenge. It's early days and we are sure that there is more performance that we can extract from our technical package at this circuit.”