Nico and Lewis completed the first two practice sessions at Suzuka today for the Japanese Grand Prix. Nico and Lewis ran for a total of 110 laps today (55 each), more than two complete race distances. Both drivers worked on optimising car balance and short and long-run comparisons between the two tyre compounds.
For Ross, we a “slightly messy session this afternoon which didn't quite run as smoothly as we might have hoped. Both drivers suffered flat spots with the tyres, which forced us to adapt our programme, but they were still able to complete enough running to get a good feel for each compound and how it's working at this circuit.
The tyres will be very sensitive to brake locking in race conditions, which will be a major consideration for everybody, and we wanted to put as many miles as possible on them today in order to find out what the performance and durability limits of both compounds are.
Our pace looked competitive this morning, a little less so this afternoon, but as always on Friday the varied fuel loads up and down the pit lane complicate things somewhat. We will do our analysis tonight to see where we can improve and hopefully take another step forward tomorrow.”
“Our priority today was to learn as much as possible about the hard and medium compound tyres and we completed more than two race distances in order to do so” said Toto.
“As we have seen before this season, we looked strong in first practice before the competitive order apparently shifted again in the second practice session, but we will see exactly where we stand in qualifying tomorrow. We will be working hard this evening in order to understand what more we can do in order to improve both the speed and consistency of the car ahead of tomorrow. It was a solid start to the race weekend. ”