Max Verstappen expects a busy night on the Albert Park Circuit as he and Red Bull attempt to get a greater learn on the monitor circumstances and tyres after a disrupted first day of follow for the Australian Grand Prix.
Verstappen topped FP1 – which was twice red-flagged – with a time of 1m 18.790s on the tender compound tyre however suffered an off-track tour and a spin as he constructed up velocity in his RB19, earlier than most of FP2 happened in slippery, damp circumstances.
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Reflecting on his time on the wheel, he mentioned: “I imply, to be trustworthy, it was not even a lot in regards to the automobile, it was simply very low grip on the market. The tarmac appears to be actually slippery, already final 12 months, and it’s fairly robust to change on the tyres.
“When you wish to exit and instantly push it’s actually tough, then with the interruptions and crimson flags, like we had, you by no means actually get right into a rhythm.
“But we’ll look over the data tonight, see what we have to do for tomorrow, make the right choices, and I think the car will be competitive.”
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Asked how the automobile felt throughout his small home windows in clear air, and across the varied stoppages, Verstappen added: “I think it was alright. It’s a bit difficult to tell. I think we never really got into a window where I felt like we were on top of the tyres, so that’s a bit of studying to do for tonight, but it should be okay.”
Meanwhile, crew mate Sergio Perez was left to rue a mistake on his first soft-shod lap in FP1, earlier than a GPS challenge triggered a crimson flag, after which misplaced one other qualifying-style run as he tried to beat the rain firstly of FP2.
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“It was a bit [of a] mental day. Especially going into P2, it felt like a lot of people still had issues with GPS data!” Perez joked, having positioned third on the timesheets in first follow and seventh within the second session.
“It was only a mess, I couldn’t get a lap in within the afternoon. We made some modifications which gave the impression to be working properly into Sector 1, Sector 2, however not a lot to say actually.
“I think tomorrow there’s plenty to do, too much to do in FP3, so I think we’re going to be somehow going a bit blind into the race, which should be interesting.”