Haas F1 Team Australian Grand Prix practices

Haas F1 Team Australian Grand Prix practices

15.03.2019: Event: Free Practice 1 and Free Practice 2 for the Australian Grand Prix (Round 1 of 21) Date: Friday, March 15 Location: Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit Layout: 5.303-kilometer (3.295-mile), 16-turn track FP1 Weather: Clear and sunny FP2 Weather: C

Event: Free Practice 1 and Free Practice 2 for the Australian Grand Prix (Round 1 of 21)
Date: Friday, March 15


Location: Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit
Layout: 5.303-kilometer (3.295-mile), 16-turn track
FP1 Weather: Clear and sunny
FP2 Weather: Clear and sunny
Drivers: Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen

   


     


   


Magnussen: 9th overall (1:24.934), 24 laps completed

Grosjean: 12th overall (1:25.224), 18 laps completed

Fastest Driver: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes (1:23.599)
Most Laps: Lando Norris of McLaren (31 laps)
   
   


Grosjean: 10th overall (1:23.814), 37 laps completed

Magnussen: 12th overall (1:23.988), 27 laps completed

Fastest Driver: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes (1:22.600)
Most Laps: Kimi Räikkönen of Alfa Romeo and Alexander Albon of Toro Rosso (40 laps)
   
     


   

The opening round of the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship began with practice Friday at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit as teams prepared for the Australian Grand Prix Sunday.



Two 90-minute sessions – FP1 and FP2 – on the 5.303-kilometer (3.295-mile), 16-turn track were run under clear and sunny conditions, with Rich Energy Haas F1 Team drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen navigating the track’s slippery layout, as it is comprised of public roads with a surface that only sees racecars about once a year, making grip hard to come by, especially in the initial practice sessions.



Both Grosjean and Magnussen began FP1 on the Pirelli P Zero Yellow medium tire before transitioning to the Red soft tire. Magnussen’s quick time of 1:24.934 came on his 15th lap shod on softs. He ran 24 laps and was the ninth-fastest driver. Grosjean’s best time was a 1:25.224 on his 13th lap, also set on softs. He ran 18 laps and posted the 12th-quickest time.



Leading the way in the first FP1 of 2019 was Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, whose fast lap of 1:23.599 was .038 of a second better than the next quickest driver, Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.



Speeds picked up and lap times dropped in FP2. Grosjean wrapped FP2 as the 10th-quickest driver with a time of 1:23.814, which was 1.41 seconds better than his best lap in FP1. His quick time came on the 11th of his 37 laps on a set of soft tires. Magnussen shaved .946 of a second off his FP1 time with a lap of 1:23.988 to secure the 12th-fastest mark. His fast lap came on his ninth tour, also while utilizing the soft tire. He completed 27 laps.



Hamilton remained atop FP2 with a time of 1:22.600, which was .048 of a second better than his nearest pursuer, teammate Valtteri Bottas. The Melbourne track record of 1:21.164, set last year by Hamilton in the final round of knockout qualifying, remained intact.



Between the two sessions, Rich Energy Haas F1 Team ran a total of 106 laps – 55 by Grosjean and 51 by Magnussen.
   


     


   
ROMAIN GROSJEAN, Driver



“It’s good to be back out there. This is a track I’ve always enjoyed driving, matched by the great atmosphere in the paddock. It looks like it’s quite tight in the midfield, which is super exciting. Everything we learned in testing has been working quite well here. We’ll find out a bit more tomorrow, but I think for the first day, we’re pretty happy with what we’ve got.”
   


     


   
KEVIN MAGNUSSEN, driver


“It wasn’t too bad today. It was nice to be back driving on a racing track on a race weekend. I’m excited about that. It felt good, but, as always, we’ve now got lots of things to look at. We’ll be working hard tonight, but there’s no big issues, we’re pretty happy with the performance in the car. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
   


     


GUENTHER STEINER - Team Principal

   

“It was a solid day today. We did a lot of testing, and we achieved what we wanted to achieve. We still need to find a little bit more speed though. Hopefully tonight our guys can do a good job looking over all the information from today, so we can be ready for tomorrow.”
   


     


   

Drivers have one more practice session on Saturday (14:00-15:00 local time) before qualifying starts at 17:00. Qualifying consists of three rounds, with the 15 fastest drivers from Q1 moving on to Q2. Then, the 10 fastest drivers from Q2 advance to Q3 where they’ll battle for the pole.
   



- Stuart Morrison, photos Haas F

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