Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical)
This is a circuit we know well after completing nearly 1,300 laps during pre-season testing and that makes it all the more surprising when we struggle to balance the car well on the race weekend. But the conditions are of course much warmer than back in March, and this presents a different set of engineering challenges. We completed a regular programme with both drivers but the balance was not perfect on either car and there’s still plenty of work to do in order to get the car handling how we want on the medium and soft compound tyres. We conducted a comparison of a new front wing design across both cars in first practice, which delivered the expected results. Our performance is quite close to Ferrari and we will therefore be working hard overnight to optimise the car set-up and performance for qualifying and race conditions.