In the second training session in Sochi, Daniel Riccardo finished third, while his team-mate Esteban Ocon finished ninth. Renault is pleased with the speed of the car and expects to compete for high positions in qualifying.
Daniel Riccardo (3rd): “We continue to show good results in Friday training – it’s nice to see us at the top today. In the past, I have not achieved much success on this track, but today’s result has added confidence. Today I learned a lot and demonstrated high speed every time I entered the track.
I think tomorrow the results will become even denser, especially between us and the teams, which are now two or three tenths behind. I think the fight in qualifying will be tense, but we will try to perform well in the remaining days of the weekend. “
Esteban Ocon (9th): “Good Friday. We have tested a lot, and if we put everything together tomorrow, we can apply for high positions. So far I have not been able to find the optimal settings, but everything is ahead. At least we saw that the car has speed. This is positive, but now we need to demonstrate it.
On this track, the turns are similar to each other, so throughout the whole circle we show a steady pace. We know what to do tomorrow. “
Keron Pilbim, Chief Race Engineer: “Nice day in Sochi. In the morning workout, we had to interrupt work due to red and yellow flags, but the second session went smoothly, we did everything we planned. The car is fast on short and long series of laps, but we are realistic about our chances tomorrow and Sunday.
Tonight we will continue our preparations and tomorrow we will try to provide the two cars with good starting positions. We tried different settings on both machines, and in qualifying we will try to use the information gathered today. “