It was quite a tricky race; we didn’t have the pace today. I think we went into it thinking we were the ninth quickest car, and today we probably were. We were managing the front and rear tyres, but I didn’t have a grip, so I slid around. The tracks coming up don’t tend to suit our car, and there are a few upgrades coming from other teams, so we need to get on top of it so they don’t pull away from us. The weekend has some positives, but races like today expose us a little bit and show where we really are.
I put the car in a place I shouldn’t have in Lap 1 and took my front wing off. From there, it was a difficult afternoon. Sorry to the team for my mistake. Once we returned for the long stint on the Hard tyre, I managed it quite well. The tyres were struggling by the end, but that was to be expected. On a typical strategy, our pace would’ve been pretty solid. Despite today, I still loved the weekend.
Dave Robson, Head of Vehicle Performance
We didn’t quite have the pace today to challenge the top ten. We thought we had enjoyed a good day yesterday and were probably starting the race with Alex a few places higher than the FW45’s natural pace.
We couldn’t hold our position in a rare race with no retirements, rain, and no flags or safety cars. Nonetheless, Alex had a good race with Valtteri and Nico, and it looked like he would beat them for a while. Alex drove well and pushed the car hard, trying to hold position, leading to some tyre degradation.
Logan was ambitious on the opening lap and damaged his front wing in a minor contact with Lance. We took the opportunity to pit him, change his wing and get into some free air. He had a lonely race from there but still showed some decent pace, despite some floor damage, during a very long stint on the Hard tyre. He can still take a lot from today and turn that learning into a tricky triple-header, starting in Imola in two weeks.
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