German GP: Williams Friday practice report

Objectives P1: Mechanical set-up and analysis of new aero components Objectives P2: Performance evaluation for qualifying and the race Conclusions - Sam Michael, Technical Director "We worked through our programme, even though there was a...

Objectives P1: Mechanical set-up and analysis of new aero components
Objectives P2: Performance evaluation for qualifying and the race

Conclusions - Sam Michael, Technical Director

"We worked through our programme, even though there was a little rain about this afternoon. It was pretty difficult given the gusty wind conditions today and with the track being cold, it was a challenge to generate the temperature to get the tyres up to the optimum grip level as quickly as possible. However, we managed to compare both tyres and check all the new aero parts we have on the car here. Overnight we will get our heads down and work on the set-up for tomorrow."

Nico Rosberg

Runs P1: Run 1 new prime (1 Lap) install, run 2 scrubbed prime (8 laps) baseline, run 3 scrubbed prime (6 laps) mechanical set-up, run 4 scrubbed prime (5 laps) aero.

Runs P2: Run 1 scrubbed prime (1 lap) install, run 2 new prime (10 laps) tyre compare, run 3 new option (10 laps) tyre compare, run 4 new option (3 laps) qualifying practice, run 5 scrubbed option (2 laps) mechanical set-up

"There is not too much to report today aside from the issue we have had with tyre warm-up which could continue until the weather improves. The forecast seems to suggest the temperatures will increase. The wind today also made it difficult to find an absolute direction, so with positive conditions, we know we have quite a lot of possible improvement. We have also changed the way we approach Friday practice, so we do not expect to be top of the time sheets. On the long run side, we did however make some very clear progress for the race."

Kazuki Nakajima

Runs P1: Run 1 new prime (1 Lap), install, run 2 scrubbed prime (7 laps) baseline, run 3 scrubbed prime (6 laps) mechanical set-up, run 4 scrubbed prime (5 laps) aero

Runs P2: Run 1 scrubbed prime (2 laps) baseline (aborted due to rain), run 2 new prime (4 laps) tyre compare, run 3 new option (4 laps) tyre compare, run 4 scrubbed option (4 laps) race balance on scrubbed tyres, run 5 new option (7 laps) mechanical set-up

"The weather made it a bit of an odd day today. We are expecting conditions to be a bit better tomorrow, hopefully a little more consistent, so I think we need to be a bit patient and wait to see how it looks. Of course it is my first time here in an F1 car, and while I didn't find the track especially easy, it certainly was interesting and enjoyable."

-credit: williams

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Nico Rosberg , Kazuki Nakajima
Teams Williams