the first day of The GP of Mexico has not reported the result expected from the Red Bull team. The formation of the austrian was found in a track with very little grip and the RB12 has suffered in excess at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. With remarkable ‘graining’ in the rubber front, the two pilots have had trouble finding the pace during the first practice session, while in the second have improved, but with records far from the marked by drivers of Mercedes and Ferrari. All in all, Daniel Ricciardo believes that there is still room for improvement in the car.
Daniel Ricciardo has finished eighth in the first practice session and fifth in FP2, with a best time of 1:20.448. Despite being reduced to six-tenths of the best lap from Vettel, the australian rider tried to bring out the positive side to the day’s Friday: “I Think in general we’ve had good reliability in the day of today. We have made some good runs, although we lack some speed. Has not been the best day to see the actual performance of our single-seater, but that gives us to think about tomorrow. There are some adjustments that can be made“.
In this aspect, Ricciardo is shown hopeful to be able to take a step forward in his performance ahead of the day of the sabbath: “we Can find some rhythm, but the track today was very slippery. The superblandos will be rapid over a single lap, but it seems not to hold enough for a long run. The track is not in perfect conditions to try it, so I hope the grip improves. Would be fine their would have a little more grip in the rest of the weekend“.
For his part, Max Verstappen has had a few first free little helpful, while one has had to face a few FP2 full of small technical changes in the car because it did not entirely feel comfortable with the performance of the RB12. All in all, Verstappen has been seventh in the second free training: “has Not been an ideal day. We have lost a lot of time in the Free 1. During the Free 2, I’ve had to make many changes in the car feel comfortable. I can say that in the long run everything has gone well and I feel quite strong”.
With a few words similar to those of its companion box, Verstappen recognizes that: “there Is room for improvement. Yes it is true that I am not happy with the balance of the car, but it’s normal after losing the Free 1. All in all, when I fixed it in the long run I see that we can do something. superblandos have a lot of ‘graining’, but with the media I have felt good. We have to see what we can do tomorrow and in the race. I think that the three compounds will be important, but by the time the superblando is quite delicate”.