Friday Practice (Brazil) – McLaren
Kicking off the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend in the warm sunshine, neither driver was completely happy following the Free Practice Sessions earlier today however the team are armed with plenty of data, working through the evening in a bid to get back-on-track tomorrow.
Here is what Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne had to say following the practice sessions.
Fernando Alonso – Friday Practice (Brazil) – McLaren
Free Practice 1 – 1:10.476 – Position 10th – Laps: 24
Free Practice 2 – 1:10.655 – Position 10th – Laps: 31
Fernando Alonso – “Today was more difficult than we’d expected. We had some problems in the first session, then a PU pressure issue in the second session.”
“We lost some valuable track time, and in the end we didn’t manage to complete our programme. We tried to carry out the priority items on our run-plan, and we’re more or less happy with the outcome.”
“There’s still a little more to come from the car tomorrow – some tuning on the set-up – so we’ll see what we can do. Times are very close here, and if it stays dry making it into Q3 is going to be tight. We’ll have more chance if it rains.”
Stoffel Vandoorne – Friday Practice (Brazil) – McLaren
Free Practice 1 – 1:10.402 – Position 8th – Laps: 26
Free Practice 2 – 1:10.902 – Position 13th – Laps: 38
Stoffel Vandoorne – “Today was a very positive day. FP1 was my first session driving here at Interlagos. We’ve brought a new upgraded aero package for my car this weekend so we started FP1 learning about and understanding that, which generally went very well.”
“FP2 was maybe a little bit more difficult – we tried some different settings and made some changes that weren’t necessarily in the right direction. However, our long-run performance was extremely positive – one of our strongest of the year so far I would say.”
“Everything is looking good for the race. We still need to put everything together tomorrow, but a good qualifying would put us in a strong position for Sunday.”
Thank you to McLaren.