First day of track action here in Montréal: here our team’s reaction after Free Practice 1 and 2.


Carlos Sainz (STR11-01, Car 55)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:16.543, pos. 8th, 21 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap: 1:15.410, pos. 10th, 42 laps

Carlos Sainz:

“I’d describe today as a good Friday. Even if our FP1 was cut short this morning because of a red flag, during this afternoon’s FP2 we managed to cover the whole programme. It was a day with no issues or major problems, which is always welcome. This means we had a good baseline to start the weekend with and now we just need to continue like this and hold on to this positive feeling. It’s looking like a very tight midfield again here, so I’m sure we will witness a good fight to get into Q3, but we just need to focus on ourselves and extract the maximum from the car: the top ten is our target!”

Daniil Kvyat (STR11-03, Car 26)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:17.310, pos. 15th, 24 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap: 1:15.559, pos. 14th, 42 laps

Daniil Kvyat:

“It was a decent and useful first day here in Montreal. We were able to complete plenty of laps and this will certainly help us to continue preparing for Sunday’s race. We still need to sort out a few things regarding the set-up of the car, but that’s what Friday evenings are for. We can be happy with our start and I’m looking forward to tomorrow: the gaps with our main competitors are really small, but I’m confident we can fight for a good result!”

Phil Charles (Chief Race Engineer):

“First point of note is that the weather is really playing some games with us this weekend and the various forecasts seem to be showing all eventualities apart from snow! We will therefore need to keep the weather factor in mind when it comes to making set-up decisions looking forward to Sunday. In terms of today, with plentiful dry running completed, it was a very interesting day particularly from the tyre perspective. On the set-up side I think we have some more homework to do on the softer end of the compound range. The Ultra and the Supersoft seem to be a bit more on the edge. On the flip side, our drivers seem to be a bit more comfortable on the long runs on the Soft tyre. What’s definitely clear is that the midfield is super tight here, so we will really need to be on top form with the set-up and the decisions we make for the rest of the weekend.”