The tables seem to have changed considerably for Renault from Canada, a track where Nico Hülkenberg scored after getting into Q3 and in which Jolyon Palmer equalled his best result of the year after his second Q2 of the season. In Baku, both cars have returned to positions similar to those occupied in more races ill-fated, and even worse, as none of them came out of the last seven positions in the two sessions of free practice on Friday.
Nico Hülkenberg could not extract the maximum from his car on a difficult day for Renault by the problems of grip that had his two cars. In the case of the German, 1:47.217 of the first session left him in 14th place and, although the improvement was noticeable by the evening, the accident of Max Verstappen at the end of the session prevented the pilot of Renault could complete a last attempt with the tires superblandos when the track had more grip. 1:46.003 was a bit thin, relegándole to the 15th position.
“it Has been a Friday pretty standard to me, except for not having a fast lap with the tyres more soft in the Free 2”, has said the German, who complained of not having managed to get a time that would put into perspective your chances for the weekend: “The track was very slippery in the Free 1, but improved by the afternoon. We have made progress acceptable during the day, and it would have been faster to have had a chance with the superblandos. As always, you can improve things for tomorrow, so that is where our focus”.
I was surprised by the curve 8. Fortunately, the car did not have too many damage
on The other side of the garage, a Jolyon Palmer increasingly questioned still doesn’t show with the key. The british pilot, who suffered the same problems of grip that Hülkenberg, was 1.3 seconds of his teammate in the first session, with a 1:48.525 that only earned him to beat the Sauber. In the second, improved to mark a 1:46.061, that ultimately would leave you to just 58 thousandths of the German, but his session ended 50 minutes after it started, hit with the wall of the relentless curve 8.
Palmer ruled that the accident might compromise too much the programme of the team for tomorrow: “The track was very slippery and was hard to get the grip of the tires. The car was going better in Free practice 2, but I was surprised by the curve 8, and that ended my day early. Fortunately, the car did not have too much damage, so we will try and that is where we want to for the classification”.