Honda F1 Russian Grand-Prix practices

Honda F1 Russian Grand-Prix practices

27.09.2019: Aston Martin Red Bull Racing ended Friday practice on top in Russia while Toro Rosso was also represented in the top six on a strong start to the race weekend.

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing ended Friday practice on top in Russia while Toro Rosso was also represented in the top six on a strong start to the race weekend.

The opening practice session saw Max leading the way for the Honda-powered teams with the second fastest time, less than 0.1s away from Charles Leclerc. Alex was a solid P6 on his first visit to Sochi in Formula 1, while Pierre set the 12th fastest lap of the session.

Unfortunately for Daniil, a technical issue caused him to stop on in the final sector after just five laps, and he was unable to run again. However, investigations between sessions confirmed there were no power unit concerns and he was able to continue using the same PU for FP2.

In the afternoon, Max went comfortably quickest as he led the field by over 0.3s, but Alex had an interrupted session after he picked up floor damage when running wide at Turn 4. That confined him to the garage for a spell, and his low fuel laps late in the session were hampered by traffic as he ended up P10.

Pierre enjoyed a strong FP2 as he set the sixth fastest time at the head of the midfield, while Daniil made up for some of his lost running in the morning as he ended up 12th, just 0.3s off his team-mate.

Toyoharu Tanabe
Technical Director, Honda Racing F1   

“All four of our cars are fitted with new Spec 4 ICE this weekend, as part of our PU management plan for the rest of the season. Kvyat also has other new components that make up the PU, which means he will start from the back of the grid, while the other three drivers take a 5 place grid drop.

In FP1 with Kvyat and in FP2 with Albon there were issues on the car, which cost us some track time, so it was not the smoothest of days. However there were no problems on the PU front. Although it is only Friday, it was good to see Verstappen at the top of the time sheet and Gasly’s sixth place in the close mid-field is also encouraging.”

Pierre Gasly
Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda    FP1 : 12th
FP2 : 6th

“It was a really good Friday. I’m happy with the progress we made between FP1 and FP2 as it seems to have gone in the right direction. We finished the day with the sixth-fastest time, which is always positive, but I think looking at our situation with the penalty on Sunday, we really need to make sure we have a strong race car and prioritize our car for Sunday compared to Saturday. There’s a lot to analyse tonight, but it was a positive day overall.”

Daniil Kvyat
Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda    FP1 : 19th
FP2 : 12th

“It wasn’t an ideal start to the day in FP1, so in FP2 we had to catch up with the mileage we lost and try a few things we couldn’t try in FP1. I needed to get reacquainted with the track and find my references again, which I did, and we ended up having a productive session in FP2.

We covered everything we planned to do, so we are prepared for tomorrow. In the end, we completed a decent number of laps for our long run analysis and hopefully we have enough data to understand what we need for the race. There are always chances, so we’ll do our best to take them. We knew our weekend was going to be compromised already with the penalty we are taking. However, we will do our job and see how far we can get up the grid on Sunday.”

Alexander Albon
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing    FP1 : 6th
FP2 : 10th

“FP1 went well this morning but this afternoon in FP2, I got a bit of floor damage after running wide out of Turn 4 which meant we lost some running which was a shame. That delayed things and then when we got back out it was a never-ending traffic jam with everyone on long runs so I didn’t get any clean laps in. I tried to stay out of trouble as best I could and I heard Bottas was just behind me but I didn’t know Lewis was right behind him and so it was my mistake to get in his way.

 It was just one of those things, but I wouldn’t say it was a waste of a session as there’s definitely things I learned out there. It’s encouraging to see where Max is and to see the car is back to being competitive again. I think the car is quick and the pace is good. I just need to work on it my side and get a cleaner run tomorrow. I’m building confidence with the car and this takes time, but compared to Singapore, I think we’re looking good.”

Max Verstappen
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing    FP1 : 2nd
FP2 : 1st

“Today was very positive and the car worked really well on both tyres. We followed our own programme, tried quite a few things set-up wise and got a good balance, especially in the last sector but even the first sector with the long straight looked competitive. When you have a good feeling with the car it comes alive in the last sector which is really nice after the strange weekend we had in Singapore.

It looks like it may rain tomorrow so that will also mix things up but hopefully the car will also work well in those conditions. We will of course try and do our best in qualifying as the five place grid penalty will be applied after the session, so it is still very important to be quick but at least you can overtake around here and if you are fast you can get to the front. It's only Friday and too early to make any predictions as everyone will improve but it is a very positive start.”

- Honda - photos Red Bull


27.09.2019 / MaP

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