Team Talk - Friday in Austria


Motor Racing - Formula One World Championship - Austrian Grand Prix - Practice Day - Spielberg, Austria

Rio Haryanto
“This morning we tried a few different set-up changes and everything was going well but then unfortunately I made a mistake, spun off and that destroyed the tyres. On the positive side we knew we had a reasonable balance and we were confident in the direction for FP2.

“This afternoon the weather changed and conditions were very tricky, but 20 minutes before the end we had a reasonably dry track to play with and we could start to make good progress again. For the last run I took on the ultrasoft tyres but the yellow flags came out for the spin by Vettel. Although I wasn’t able to improve the lap time because of that, I think we’re in a good place for tomorrow.

“My first impressions are that the track is much smoother and generally better than in my previous years of racing here in another formula. I think there is more grip all round, so yes, I’m enjoying it.”

Pascal Wehrlein
“We were expecting rain; the forecast was pretty accurate. Everything was okay for me. Of course, we wanted to drive more and work through more of the test programme, but at the end of the day it’s the same for everyone.

“We didn’t manage to complete a run on the ultrasoft tyre but at this stage I’m happy with the car, particularly at the end of the day.

“I’ve known this track for some time and I like it. It’s high speed with fast corners and good opportunities to overtake, so in general it’s nice to drive.”

Dave Ryan, Racing Director
“Today was one of those days where we had a bit of everything. We had great weather for FP1, although quite a slippery track to start off with, and then for FP2 just enough time for one quick run on a dry track before the heavy rain stopped play for a bit. We finished off on a rapidly drying track that was good enough for slicks in the final 15 minutes or so. Great stuff and very enjoyable - challenging for the drivers and certainly challenging for the team. Taking everything into account we are quite comfortable in that we know we have made good improvements to the car since Baku and I’m looking forward to qualifying tomorrow, which hopefully will be dry.”