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Honda F1 French Grand-Prix practices

Honda F1 French Grand-Prix practices

21.06.2019: F1 2019 Round 8 French GP - Practice A productive day of free practice for both Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso leaves us with plenty of data to work through at the French Grand Prix.

F1 2019 Round 8 French GP - Practice
 
 
A productive day of free practice for both Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso leaves us with plenty of data to work through at the French Grand Prix.
 



Both Red Bulls and Daniil were running the updated power unit on Friday, and the new specification ran without issues as we enjoyed a competitive start to the weekend. Max was fourth fastest in FP1 with Pierre in sixth, and Alex - still on the previous spec - made it three Honda-powered cars in the top ten. Daniil ended up 14th in the first session and followed that up with 15th in the afternoon as he completed the most mileage of any driver in FP2.



Ahead of him, Alex was 13th but just 0.05s away from gaining two further places in the closely-matched midfield, while there was an even smaller gap further up the standings as Pierre in eighth - two places behind Max - was only 0.016s adrift of finishing directly behind his team-mate. We will now work through all the information gained from the two practice sessions to optimize the power unit for the Circuit Paul Ricard ahead of final practice and qualifying on Saturday.
 
 


 
Toyoharu Tanabe
Technical Director, Honda F1   



“Today, we ran the Spec 3 PU on all of our cars with the exception of Albon’s. He continued with the Spec 2 as it was decided not to have both Toro Rosso cars penalised for use of a fourth PU. We experienced no major issues and the day went smoothly, as we worked on finding the best settings for this latest PU update. Now we must study the data in detail overnight, before continuing to fine tune the settings in the final free practice.”
 
 


Alexander Albon
Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda    FP1 : 10th
FP2 : 13rd


“Today wasn’t the easiest day for us. We made a very good step from FP1 to FP2, although it was hard to get a full understanding of where the tyres were because the track was so hot today. We’ll have a look into the data we gathered and see where we can improve for Qualifying. As always, it’s very close in the midfield, so we need work hard to find those extra tenths of a second to get us into Q3 tomorrow.”
 



 
Daniil Kvyat
Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda    FP1 : 14th
FP2 : 15th


“All in all, today wasn’t too bad as we had a productive day. Even though it wasn’t easy to understand everything about the tyres, we still managed to learn quite a lot. FP2 was pretty clean and we were able to get a few things done to see where the car is. For me, the focus was mainly race preparation, but we completed a few short runs as well to see how the car performs in those conditions. I think today we covered everything we needed to, now we need to understand what we can do to improve the car further.”
 



 
Pierre Gasly
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing    FP1 : 6th
FP2 : 8th


“Today was good. We tested a lot of new parts on the car and now I need to sit down and analyse with the guys what worked and what didn’t. Regarding the new Honda engine, it’s difficult to say much as I’ve just come out of the car but we will look at everything tonight and push it more tomorrow. The general feeling was good, the reliability was completely fine and in terms of performance, we need to see if it’s delivering what we expected. The conditions and also the tarmac made it difficult with the tyres and grip.



In general it’s a bit different to what we expected coming into the weekend but it’s the same for everybody. In FP1, there was less grip initially but this afternoon it seemed a bit better so let’s see if it keeps increasing like this. The soft tyres seemed to fall away so we need to see what’s best in terms of strategy and what we can do for Sunday.”
 



 
Max Verstappen
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing    FP1 : 4th
FP2 : 6th


“We still have some work to do but we looked reasonably competitive against Ferrari. Mercedes are still too quick but we will look at the data and see what we can improve for tomorrow. The tyres are not that easy to predict and it seems that the softest compound is not a lot faster than the medium, which will make things quite interesting in qualifying. All in all, it wasn’t a bad day and we were able to make lots of changes, especially this morning, to fine tune our set-up for the rest of the wee
 



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