2019 Spanish Grand Prix – Friday Practice


2019 Spanish Grand Prix – Friday Practice

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Session: Friday Practice

Formula 1 is back in Europe and this weekend, we have the 2019 Spanish Grand Prix. It’s a circuit which all the drivers know thanks to the amount of time spent at the circuit throughout their junior careers and also for testing.

Before the 2019 Formula 1 season, we had pre-season testing in Barcelona which showed us a very, very impressive Ferrari. This weekend, we’re all waiting to see what will happen as teams have brought upgrades to this race weekend and tomorrow, in Qualifying – we should be able to see which teams are ahead.

Will Mercedes be able to improve on their impressive performance or will we see a stronger Ferrari as we saw in pre-season testing? One thing is for sure – I’m excited to see what will happen!

In the meantime though, let’s take a look and see what drivers (and teams) had to say following Friday Practice.

McLaren: 2019 Spanish Grand Prix – Friday Practice


Carlos Sainz: “That was a pretty smooth Friday for us, doing a comparison across the upgrades that we’ve brought to this race. I didn’t use the new package in FP1 and then ran it in FP2 to try to feel the reaction of the car.”

“We now need to compare the data to understand the differences, but I felt good in the car this afternoon, even though the track was not in the best condition. I’m sure we can extract the maximum out of our package tomorrow and we’ll fight for the best position in quali.”


Lando Norris: “It’s been a good Friday but not amazing. I could have driven better, especially in FP1, but I think we introduced our small upgrades reasonably well. They worked as intended so we’re happy about that.”

“There’s still more pace we need to find, to be as strong as we want to be, but it hasn’t been a bad Friday. It’s been productive, we just need to find that pace. The long run work looked reasonably good. If we can find a bit more pace on lower fuel, I think we could be reasonably happy going into qualifying tomorrow.”

Red Bull Racing: 2019 Spanish Grand Prix – Friday Practice


Max Verstappen: “During the two practice sessions we tried to improve the car and understand the new updates, which I think we did. I have a good feeling about the upgrades, which work for sure, and the tyres seem to be working quite well, too.”

“The long runs were okay and we still need to find a little bit of pace, but we have the whole night to find it. During FP1 we had an oil leak so we had to change the engine ahead of FP2, which put us a little on the back foot.”

“I think that’s also a little bit of the reason why, in the second practice session, we were not exactly where we wanted to be set-up wise with the balance of the car, but we have enough data to understand and improve it for tomorrow.”

“I enjoy being at this track, and especially this weekend, as we have our new Energy Station which is a great home for our Team.”


Pierre Gasly: “Overall, today felt good and it was a pretty positive day. I think we’ve taken a step forward and the first feeling with the car is good. Of course, as a driver you always want more grip, but I think in terms of balance it was good and so I’m really happy.”

“It’s only the first day of running so it’s too early to make any conclusions and we need to understand more about this package.”

“It’s clear Mercedes and Ferrari have made a pretty big step, but we ran a lot of tests today, so now we need to analyse everything tonight and try to put everything together for tomorrow.”

Ferrari: 2019 Spanish Grand Prix – Friday Practice


Sebastian Vettel: “As far as the aerodynamic and engine updates are concerned, I’d say we can be pleased with them, but it’s only Friday and the true order of the teams will be only be seen from tomorrow onwards.”

“I’d say we are not yet where we’d want to be, especially in the slowest corner and so I think we still have quite a bit of work ahead of us to be ready for qualifying and the race.”


Charles Leclerc: “We focused on understanding our new package today and ran all of the tests we had planned.”

“We have some more work to do to find the right balance, but this is normal when you put a car with new parts on track for the first time and it should be a quick fix.”

“Overall, the potential is there and we are in good shape. We will push hard to challenge our competitors and have a positive qualifying result tomorrow.”

Mercedes-AMG Petronas: 2019 Spanish Grand prix – Friday Practice

Lewis Hamilton: “It was quite windy on track today and it was a bit tricky with the grip levels on the three different tyres, but we got through our programme and now have lots of data to analyse tonight and then fine tune the car for tomorrow.”

“Everyone worked really hard to bring the new package here and a huge amount of effort has gone into it. It seems like it’s working, but it’s hard to feel it because this track is so different to the streets of Baku.”

“We’ve got work to do with the balance, but it’s been positive for us to be out there.”


Valtteri Bottas: “It’s always an interesting day when you’re bringing new parts to the car to get a feel for it and see if they bring the performance they should.”

“The car felt really good today, completely different to how it was in winter testing, and it seems like our cornering performance has improved. The balance around the lap is also better, so it looks like we’ve taken the right direction since the winter.”

“Today was good, but it’s only Friday and Ferrari are very close. It feels like we’ve made a good step forward, but we need to wait and see what tomorrow holds.”

Alfa Romeo: 2019 Spanish Grand Prix – Friday Practice


Kimi Raikkonen: “That was a difficult day for us, with lots of issues here and there.”

“At the end of FP2 we understood the car a bit better, but we still have a lot of work to do for tomorrow’s qualifying.”
antonio-giovinazzi-spainAntonio Giovinazzi: “It was very nice to finally have a Friday without issues and I hope it is a sign of things to come for the rest of the weekend. I was able to get some good mileage under my belt in both sessions, which was crucial.”

“Barcelona is a track we know very well but it’s interesting to see how much the cars have progressed since testing and in these temperatures. As always, understanding the tyres was a big part of our programme today and I feel we have a good understanding of how they work.”

“Hopefully we can progress a bit more tonight and we will be in the battle for Q3 tomorrow.”

The Formula 1 Girl 🙂

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