Team and drivers report from the first day of practice of the Chinese Grand Prix weekend, at Shanghai International Circuit, Round 3 of the 2013 F1 world championship.
First Practice Session: Position: 3, Best Time: 1:37.658, Laps: 21
Second Practice Session: Position: 5, Best Time: 1:36.092, Laps: 31
“It was good today and we achieved a lot of mileage. There are obviously some pretty quick cars out there – we saw that in Malaysia before it rained in qualifying. We’re getting a lot of information, but we’re still in this early phase of learning about the tyres. I think that we have a bit of work to do, but the car doesn’t feel too bad, we just have to keep working on understanding the tyres. It’s nice to have a stable weekend in terms of weather, which is unusual in Shanghai.”
First Practice Session: Position: 4 Best Time: 1:37.942, Laps: 20
Second Practice Session: Position: 10 , Best Time: 1:36.791, Laps: 27
“Today was a tricky day for us. I struggled a bit this afternoon and the gap to the guys at the top is a little bit bigger than I’d like. There are two or three things that we need to work on and then we should be in a better shape for tomorrow. I think we know what we need to do. It looks like the soft tyre is the one for qualifying, but it seems that we won’t see that many stints on the soft tyre during the race.”