Force India ended up something under their proper positions on the first day of competition in Austria, in which the sensations were diametrically opposed on both sides of the garage. One managed to complete their problem normally; the other lived a day atypical, with two pilots and without just shooting to prepare for the day of Saturday.
Esteban Ocon was the fortunate reference of the indian team at the Red Bull Ring this Friday. The frenchman, who comes from adding four top-7 in the last five races, was tenth in the first practice session with a time of 1:07.511, and lowered its brands to a 1:06.849 in the afternoon to finish eleventh, completing 89 laps in total.
The French newbie considers, despite this, still have not found the true pace that the car can deploy in classification, and advocates for continuing to improve: “A day solid for me, no real problems. We have found some more speed in each batch, but there is still room to improve, and I know there will be more tomorrow; for my part, by the car… In all aspects, in fact. It’s going to be a classification very busy morning, with small margins, so the work that we do tonight will be very important”.
Your partner during the first session of free was a mexican, but not the usual. Alfonso Celis, the third pilot of the team, participated in their first free practice sessions of the season, having completed five in the past year, one of them in Austria. The shooting of the native of Mexico City, however, was hampered by an electrical problem that only allowed him to complete 15 laps, setting a best time of 1:09.280.
Celis regretted the bad timing of his mechanical problem, as well as not being able to perform the required work on the car: “it Was a shame, because it limited what we could get. Only 15 turns, mainly on aerodynamic work. The issue ended with our session ahead of time, and we were not able to begin the work of performance. I love this circuit, so I’m disappointed not to be able to give more laps”.
This committed greatly to the session Sergio Perez in the afternoon. The mexican are not only found a car without a set, if not your car, it also had noticeable stability problems, which cost him a spin and several near misses. His time of 1:07.509, in the best of his 41 laps, just enough to finish in the 17th position.
Perez reeled off the problems that are found on the front of your machine, and hopes to be able to fix that to be competitive in classification: “it Has been a difficult day, trying to get up to speed this afternoon. I have had problems with the balance of the car, mainly the stability in the entry of the curves and the back, so we have tried to overcome them. We need to understand where we can improve tonight and find some speed to make sure we can be in contention for the Q3 tomorrow”