McLaren F1 Team Australian Grand-Prix practices review

McLaren F1 Team Australian Grand-Prix practices review

23.03.2018: 2018 Australian Grand Prix – free practice In the bright midday sun, and with the track temperatures peaking at around 45 degrees Celsius, Formula 1 2018 officially got underway.

2018 Australian Grand Prix – free practice



In the bright midday sun, and with the track temperatures peaking at around 45 degrees Celsius, Formula 1 2018 officially got underway.



Both Fernando and Stoffel had a cautious start to the first practice session. Fernando’s crew detected a small issue around the exhaust on his car early on, so the team spent time thoroughly checking both his and Stoffel’s cars over a series of install laps before beginning the run plan proper.



 Once the team was satisfied the issue was resolved, both drivers returned to the track to complete some valuable mileage. By the end of the session, Fernando had done 16 laps, setting the eighth fastest time, and Stoffel 15 laps, in 10th.


The second session was very productive and the team executed its full programme as planned. Both drivers focused on set-up for the weekend ahead and completed their run plans in what was a smooth session on both sides of the garage.



They each completed solid mileage – Fernando 28 laps and Stoffel 34, and finished in the same positions on the timesheets as they did in FP1 – eighth and 10th respectively.

 


 
Fernando Alonso

FP1 1m25.896s (+1.870s) 16 laps 8th 
FP2 1m22.200s (+1.269s) 28 laps 8th




“It’s good to be back in the racing spirit, and it’s a nice feeling to be with all the cars on track after the lonely winter tests where you are the only car per team on track and have empty grandstands.



“Being the first day of the season, there were a lot of things we wanted to test. However, the weather conditions will be changeable from tomorrow, so we need to be careful with the information we have gathered.


“We lost a little bit of time in first practice with some issues but we managed to recover everything in the second session, and now we need to analyse everything to get the best package for tomorrow. The weather is going to affect everyone and we’re used to these changeable conditions here, so hopefully we can maximise every opportunity.”

 
 

-McLaren - also photo and Sutton

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