Renault drivers liked the Portuguese track, but the team is puzzled by the car problems …
Esteban Ocon (9th): “Today we got acquainted with the new track – the day turned out to be intense! Due to the many ups and downs, it resembles a roller coaster, it was interesting to fly, but the grip was clearly not enough – I have never worked in such conditions. We need to work so that tomorrow the car keeps the track as best as possible. “
Daniel Riccardo (13th): “A cool track with a difference in elevation and blind turns. The asphalt is fresh, the grip is very low – it is difficult to pilot the car. However, everything is on an equal footing. In general, not the best day, we didn’t do so many laps. We have something to work with, but everything should be fine. Tomorrow, a lot depends on luck – you need to drive a fast lap without any problems and control tire wear. “
Keron Pilbim, Chief Race Engineer: “More difficult Friday than usual. In the morning session, the grip was very low and the cars were slipping. In the second training session, traction was still lacking, and even softer tires warmed up more slowly, and the car’s balance was not as good as in previous races.
The second training session started with tire tests with all teams, and everything went smoothly for us. But the rest of the session was interrupted twice by red flags, so we, like the rest of the teams, were unable to work on the track. Not the best Friday for us, but we know what to focus on to get the most efficient rubber and car performance in tomorrow’s qualifications. “