Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical)
A busy evening, with a lot of work to do to get our setup correct and study performance on all three tyre compounds – including the Ultrasoft, which appears at this circuit for the first time. It’s completely open in terms of what will be the best tyres for the race, so we have a lot of homework to do. Unfortunately, we lost most of the second session with Lewis’ car due to a hydraulic leak. The issue itself is quite simple to fix but we lost valuable track time – particularly long run experience on the SuperSoft, which had been the plan for Lewis. We do, however, have plenty of data from observing the other teams, so we’ll be busy tonight trying to improve the car further for qualifying and the race. Overall, though, not a bad start to the weekend.