Carlos Sainz (STR10-04, Car 55)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:19.065, pos. 17th, 23 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap: 1:17.318, pos. 13th, 23 laps

“It’s been a difficult day for us. This morning in FP1 we had some electronic issues, so we were slow and didn’t complete as many laps as we wanted to. It’s a bit annoying, because it’s very important for us to get as much mileage as possible here as this is a completely new track for me. In FP2 we didn’t have any issues, but it was a bit of a rushed session because we were expecting the rain to come. I felt that the car was improving lap after lap, but just as we managed to get to a decent level the rain arrived. The lack of running meant it wasn’t an ideal first day for a rookie especially on a difficult track like this one but hopefully we can use tomorrow’s FP3 to prepare ourselves better for qualifying.”

Max Verstappen (STR10-02, Car 33)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:18.257, pos. 10th, 24 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap 1:17.657, pos. 16th, 23 laps

“It was a hard day for us today. FP1 wasn’t too bad and I think it was a good result to end up in tenth position. In between sessions we made some changes to the car for this afternoon’s FP2 but that didn’t really work out. We therefore have some work to do tonight but at least we know in what direction to go. It will be a difficult weekend but I’m up for the challenge.”

Phil Charles (Chief Race Engineer)

“Another first day at a new track for our two drivers, and this has been a very tricky one: it’s different to any other circuit we’ve raced on up until now as it’s a big curb-riding track and it’s also the first time we take downforce off the car. Both Carlos and Max have settled in well and even though we’ve got quite a lot of work to do tonight, they’ve made a reasonable start to the weekend. The car isn’t quite where we would like it to be. We’ll make sure we go through all the data so that it’s easier for them to get up and over the curbs and hopefully have a better day tomorrow.”