Lewis Hamilton was third in the morning, but could only manage fifth in a tight-fought second practice. The Brit was quickest on the Soft tyre in the early -running in FP2, but struggled to get a clean lap together on the SuperSoft.
"It wasn't the easiest start to the weekend, with the conditions very gusty," said the Brit. "We end the day in fifth but there's clearly good pace in the car.
"It's super tight between Ferrari, Red Bull and ourselves at the top of the leaderboard, so it's looking like it will be an exciting weekend. That should be good for the fans!
"There's some more work to do overnight to fine-tune the balance to get the car just where we want it and I believe the pace is in there. We just need to unlock it ahead of qualifying because every tenth is going to be crucial with three teams in the mix."