• Barcelona, Friday – Ross: “We worked hard to improve our long runs today”

Lewis and Nico completed the first two practice sessions for the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona today. A rain shower prior to P1 left the track damp for the session, with Nico and Lewis completing 40 laps between them.

The team focused on evaluating the new upgrade package along with the hard and medium Pirelli tyre compounds. In the dry conditions this afternoon, Nico and Lewis completed 45 and 35 laps respectively, finishing in P7 and P6.

“We've been working hard on improving our long runs and there are some signs of improvement today” says Ross, “but we need to have a good look at the data this evening before making any conclusions.

The car seems to be quite good on low fuel as we know. Tyre degradation is going to be a key consideration over the weekend and we must remain focused to ensure that we get the best possible performance from the car in the race. That's our priority.”

Toto feels the team had “a quite difficult day at the office” today. “The car seemed quick over a single lap but what matters for Sunday is how we perform on our long runs. They looked more difficult for both drivers today and we have plenty of work to do overnight to improve our pace for the weekend.”