Verstappen continues to learn in the heat of Bahrain

MyDrive | Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 – Arriving in Bahrain Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen will be looking to build on their experience from testing at the track earlier in the year. Practice for both drivers has proved tough today although both drivers continued to improve throughout both free practice sessions.

Carlos Sainz (STR10-04, Car 55)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:38.447, pos. 4th, 14 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap: 1:36.471, pos. 14th, 32 laps
“Even if we didn’t have much track time this morning in FP1 and had to face some brake issues during FP2, in general it’s been a decent Friday.

The car feels nice to drive and we don’t have any major problems, so we just need to keep working hard. It’s my first time driving here and I like the track very much, I’m enjoying it, especially during the night, the circuit looked stunning.”

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Max Verstappen (STR10-03, Car 33)
First Practice Session
Best lap: 1:38.504, pos. 6th, 22 laps
Second Practice Session
Best lap 1:36.917, pos. 16th, 26 laps
“It was a bit of an up-and-down day. I think the first practice in general was quite alright and I used it to get used to the track and didn’t take too many risks. Everything felt good and I like the track, so that’s important. Not being very happy with the set of brakes, during FP2 we decided to change it and luckily it all felt better towards the end of the session, but I carried on taking it easy.

It was a bit of a scrappy practice but now we have all night to prepare for tomorrow and that’s what we’ll do.”

Phil Charles (Chief Race Engineer)
“We worked through our programme with both cars today. Carlos and Max were new to this track and I think they’ve settled in well as always but had a lot of learning to do today.

FP1 ran smoother than this evening’s FP2, which was quite scrappy. We had some brake problems which have definitely made things a little bit trickier. We know we’ve got a little bit of work to do tonight.”

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