On the high-speed and challenging Suzuka Circuit, Fernando and Stoffel finished line astern in 14th and 15th respectively. Both drivers managed their tyres well which allowed the team to execute a one-stop strategy and jump in front of a couple of cars ahead.
Fernando and Stoffel qualified in 18th and 19th positions respectively for tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix, as the team focussed on preparation for the race. Despite unpredictable and changeable weather conditions all day with intermittent light rain in both free practice and in qualifying, tomorrow’s race is predicted to be run in the dry.
Lando Norris got behind the wheel of Stoffel’s car in FP1 for his third Friday practice outing so far this season. Both he and Fernando worked on set-up of the car and various test items. Apart from a small off for Fernando mid-session which didn’t affect his running, both drivers completed the morning session with no issues. Fernando in 18th and Lando in 20th.
So long Sochi, we’re setting off for Suzuka! The pitlane heads to Japan next to close out the penultimate back-to-back race of the season. Sergey will be hoping for a quieter weekend after the mania of his home Grand Prix, meanwhile Lance aims to build on his experience from last year’s race. The enthusiastic Japanese fans, who are known for their warm welcome and interesting headwear, will be sure to keep spirits high in the paddock as we approach the business end of the season.