A first session in the light of day, the second in the light of night. Practice on Friday at the Bahrain Grand Prix follows its usual pattern. The later practice session will take place under conditions that are much more representative of what the drivers and teams will experience in tomorrow’s qualifying.
The weekend action began with Robert Kubica in the car, who was replacing Kimi Raikkonen in his fourth FP1 appearance this season. The Pole finished his program and gathered vital data for the team before Kimi returned to the car with Antonio Giovinazzi for the rest of the day.
A red flag in the middle of the second RP cost the session some of the time, but the team still ended the day with plenty of information to improve the car before qualifying. As always, the devil will be in the details and small margins will likely make all the difference in the first qualifying segments. As is so often the case, it is a question of waiting. . .
Kimi Raikkonen: « Of course I only had one session today, but we still had the time to do a good job. The car felt okay in FP2, which is practically the most representative session before qualifying, but as always, there will be a lot of improvement overnight. Let’s see what we can do tomorrow, it will be tight. «
Antonio Giovinazzi: « It was a straightforward Friday, as you always want it to be, and we were able to do everything we planned. Of course, there’s always room for improvement, but that’s exactly what we’re going to do tonight as we look at the data and try to make the right settings for tomorrow. The goal is to get into the second quarter: it’s going to be a close fight and we have to put together the perfect lap to get ahead of our closest rivals. «
Robert Kubica: « It’s been a while since I was last in the car because I’ve been in the DTM in the meantime. So it was crucial to get a feel for the car and confidence straight away. It went well, I was able to drive these cars again quickly and I felt pretty good. Overall, it was a good session. We have completed the entire program and are happy with the way the day went. It’s nice to be back in the car and work with the team: I had some clear pointers for the engineers and there was a lot of information to give to the team. Hopefully we can make the most of the weekend like in the last few races and take advantage of the opportunities we can get. «
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