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Presseberichte vom Freitag
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Position T1: 1 (1:23.599)
Position T2: 1 (1:22.600)
Es ist richtig gut, wieder auf der Strecke zu sein. Das Wetter ist fantastisch und es waren schon heute ziemlich viele Zuschauer da. Das Auto hat mir ein gutes Gefühl vermittelt – genau deshalb macht es mir so viel Spaß. Es fühlt sich ähnlich wie zuletzt in Barcelona an. Auf einer anderen Strecke ist das ein positives Zeichen. Wir konnten unser Programm gut absolvieren und es gab keine Schwierigkeiten auf der Strecke. Es gibt noch viel zu verbessern, aber es war kein schlechter Auftakt. Wie an jedem Freitagabend müssen wir jetzt alles ganz genau unter die Lupe nehmen. Wichtig ist, dass unsere beiden Autos weiter Kilometer abgespult haben, keiner von uns einen Fehler gemacht hat und wir die Autos in einem Stück gelassen haben – das macht viel aus.
Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
Position T1: 5 (1:23.866)
Position T2: 2 (1:22.648)
Es ist schön, wieder in einem Rennwagen zu sitzen und das zu tun, was wir am liebsten tun. Ich hatte heute richtig viel Spaß. Das Auto fühlte sich besser an als bei den Testfahrten. Wir hatten nicht viele neue Teile, aber wir konnten das vorhandene Paket optimieren. Alles in allem war es ein ordentlicher erster Tag, aber die Zeiten vom Freitag haben noch keine große Bedeutung. Noch hat keines der Teams seine volle Performance gezeigt. Wir haben eine ungefähre Vorstellung davon, wie viel wir uns im Qualifying noch steigern können, aber wir wissen nicht, wie viel die anderen Teams noch nachlegen können. Entsprechend wird es interessant, zu sehen, wie das erste Kräftemessen morgen verlaufen wird.
Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing)
Position T1: 4 (1:23.792)
Position T2: 3 (1:23.400)
“I’m quite happy about today and the feeling so far is pretty good. Of course, there are always areas to improve and we are not fast enough yet but it’s only the first day of the season and there is a long way to go. It looks like Mercedes are very quick and they seem to be a little happier with the overall balance. In general, the car felt alright with medium and soft tyres but we still need to fully understand the compounds. My running was also a little different to the others in terms of preparation and there is definitely some lap time in that. We will look at the data tonight and see what we can improve but from the engine side there were no problems and it all ran very smoothly. We had no expectations going into today and it’s just good to get started.”
Pierre Gasly (Red Bull Racing)
Position T1: 8 (1:24.932)
Position T2: 4 (1:23.442)
“It was great to be back on track for the first Free Practice of the season, and my first Friday at the track with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing was a special moment for me. It was a positive day, we tested a lot of things and my feeling in the car is getting better lap after lap. There’s still work to be done but we’re pretty happy with the package. We didn’t have any expectations today, as after testing it’s difficult to have a real idea of the pace of others. We managed to find some good direction for FP2 and I felt better in the car than I did in FP1. Let’s see what we can do tomorrow. On the engine side, we had a small loss of power on the last lap and after some checks, it turned out to be a minor sensor issue.”
Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
Position T1: 2 (1:23.637)
Position T2: 5 (1:23.473)
“It was fun today. Maybe we were not as fast as possibly we wanted to be and could have been, but it’s Friday, after all, so it doesn’t really matter. I am sure that by December 1st no one will remember how fast we were on March 15! I am still lacking a bit of confidence, it was a tricky day for us, as it probably was for everyone. We are not yet where we would like to be, not so much in terms of lap time but more in terms of car feel and handling. We didn’t really get into the groove and into the rhythm, which is quite important round here on such a bumpy but I think that tomorrow will be a better day and if we can get that confidence back, then there’s a lot of lap time in that. There were bits of the session that were really, really good and we can build on, so now it’s all about stringing it together and having a better day tomorrow. The night is long and our engineers are very smart. I am relaxed”.
Kimi Räikkönen (Alfa Romeo)
Position T1: 6 (1:24.816)
Position T2: 6 (1:23.572)
“We have a solid day of work behind us, there were no big issues. We still have some set-up work to do to improve the car, but overall it felt quite good. I look forward to qualifying tomorrow, behind the top teams anything is possible.”
Nico Hülkenberg (Renault F1 Team)
Position T1: 10 (1:25.015)
Position T2: 7 (1:23.574)
“We recovered well today after a far from ideal first session. FP2 was good and consistent. I felt comfortable straight away in the car, which is one of the most important things for a driver. We’re coming in to a different circuit to that of testing and it’s such a contrasting track to get a feel for. I felt at home - happy as we can be at this stage - and we ran to our programme as planned in FP2. Our long runs were good, but there is still a lot of data to analyse overnight before Qualifying tomorrow.”
Daniel Ricciardo (Renault F1 Team)
Position T1: 17 (1:25.634)
Position T2: 8 (1:23.644)
“It was good to get the first day done. It’s been a busy week with a big build-up so to get Friday practice completed is nice. We had some consistent running in FP2 and I was certainly growing more comfortable on each run. We still have lots to learn and improve on, but we’re getting there. For me, it’s about developing the understanding of the car and we’ve made a good start on that today. Qualifying will be interesting tomorrow and I’m looking forward to it.”
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
Position T1: 3 (1:23.673)
Position T2: 9 (1:23.754)
“It was definitely a busy day. We tried different tyres and types of set-up and I am very satisfied with some aspects. The first session was better than the second, maybe because the wind got up in the afternoon and we struggled a bit more to find the right reference points. Having spoken with the engineers, I believe that, nevertheless, we have understood where we have to improve and we will go in that direction. We have one more session in which we can put into practice the solutions that an analysis of the data suggests, in order to be ready for qualifying”.
Romain Grosjean (Haas F1 Team)
Position T1: 12 (1:25.224)
Position T2: 10 (1:23.814)
“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.”
Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso)
Position T1: 7 (1:24.832)
Position T2: 11 (1:23.933)
“Both free practice sessions today went well, we managed to run through our programmes and complete quite a few laps, which is important around this circuit. The car felt good, I think we maximised our time on track and we just need to look into what we want to change overnight. I think there are still steps we can make to improve the car for tomorrow, so we’ll try to work on that tonight.”
Kevin Magnussen (Haas F1 Team)
Position T1: 9 (1:24.934)
Position T2: 12 (1:23.988)
“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.”
Lance Stroll (Racing Point)
Position T1: 15 (1:25.288)
Position T2: 13 (1:24.011)
“It’s not easy to take too many conclusions from today’s sessions. We ran through a big test programme trying to understand the new aero parts, but it was quite windy and that always makes things a bit trickier. It is early days, but the midfield pack is very close together so every tenth is going to count in qualifying. We will go through the data tonight, work on a couple of weaknesses and come back stronger tomorrow. The car overall feels good, the ingredients are there, we just have to make a few adjustments and I think we can be right there in the fight.”
Carlos Sainz Jr. (McLaren F1 Team)
Position T1: 14 (1:25.285)
Position T2: 14 (1:24.133)
“It’s been a bit of a complicated day for us with a couple of chassis and engine issues which compromised our run plan. However, we were still able to do some valuable laps. We’re still in the mix with the other teams in what we knew was always going to be a tight midfield. “Hopefully we can work on the issues and we’ll see what we can do tomorrow. We’re not far from the top 10 and there’s more to come from us – we certainly have a margin, but so does everyone else. Tomorrow will be interesting and is the day that counts, first quali of the season, and I really look forward to putting the car in a good position for Sunday.”
Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)
Position T1: 11 (1:25.166)
Position T2: 15 (1:24.293)
“Overall, the day was positive. The car felt good and I am happy with our performance, especially regarding the long-runs. I am excited to have started my first full race weekend and look forward to being back on track tomorrow.”
Sergio Pérez (Racing Point)
Position T1: 16 (1:25.498)
Position T2: 16 (1:24.401)
“It’s always a good feeling to be back in the car for the start of the season, but we are not yet where we want to be in terms of competitiveness. These first two sessions were quite difficult for me and I am not really happy with the balance of the car and the tyres yet. We had many new parts on the car today and we still need to fully understand them, so we tried to come up with the best possible compromise for tomorrow. It’s hard to know where we stand compared to the other teams after just one day of practice, but we know the midfield pack is very close so anything we can find overnight will be beneficial.”
Alexander Albon (Toro Rosso)
Position T1: 13 (1:25.230)
Position T2: 17 (1:24.675)
“I’m still getting used to the timetable of an F1 weekend as well as to the car and the track. This circuit isn’t easy, but I think our pace looks good so far and I’m slowly building up confidence. I took it a bit easier after the spin in FP1 and once I got back up to speed we went on with the programme, trying a few more things on the car. Timesheet apart, we’re looking pretty strong in a very tight midfield and now it’s up to us to do our homework tonight to improve tomorrow.”
Lando Norris (McLaren F1 Team)
Position T1: 18 (1:25.966)
Position T2: 18 (1:24.733)
“We improved the car between sessions, and now have a direction in terms of where we go tomorrow on set-up and, importantly, have made progress. It’s all about making small steps forward. “Getting used to this track for the first time was my main focus in FP1. It’s not an easy circuit, very bumpy and easy to lock-up. I was a lot more confident in FP2 and so looking ahead to FP3 I feel pretty comfortable.”
George Russell (Williams)
Position T1: 20 (1:28.740)
Position T2: 19 (1:26.453)
It was great to get out on the track in Melbourne for the first time. It really is an amazing circuit. On my first lap when I went down into turn three it felt like I was flying as everything was so close together. However, we didn’t have the best of days in terms of laptime, as we are a long way off the rest at the moment. We know what we are in for across the first few races so we need to focus on building on that and making sure come mid-season we have something better. Overall, it was an amazing experience, especially with all the fans around the circuit, it is something that I will remember for a long time.
Robert Kubica (Williams)
Position T1: 19 (1:27.914)
Position T2: 20 (1:26.655)
This morning was quite difficult for us with much less grip from the track. We know Australia is more bumpy and the surface is completely different to Barcelona. We struggled quite a lot with general grip; this afternoon the feeling was slightly better as conditions improved and also the temperatures helped us a bit. We have to try to get the maximum from what we have and it depends what that maximum will be. I think we cannot target much more so the realistic aim is to extract the maximum from what we have.