Dave Robson, Head of Vehicle Performance: Another mixed Friday with plenty of positives but also a problem that cost Logan a lot of track time. His car stopped towards the end of FP1 with an electrical issue. Despite a lot of work in the garage, we were unable to repair his car in time for FP2. Unfortunately, this cost him track time at a circuit that is new to him and also denied him a chance of trying the Intermediate Pirelli tyres.
Alex enjoyed a much more straightforward day with promising pace throughout the day. He was pretty happy with the car in both the dry and wet conditions and was able to run his intended programme.
We were able to try a few new parts on the car today and we will assess their performance tonight before deciding whether to commit to them for the rest of the weekend.
Alex Albon: It’s tricky to know where we stand today with the weather conditions. I think we’re in a decent place and I felt very happy with the car during FP1. It’s going to be tight out there but let’s see; I’m positive and feel like compared to last year the car feels much better and we’re in the fight.
Logan Sargeant: A bit of a messy first day here in Australia. I think generally, the pace isn’t too bad, and I felt comfortable with the track right away, so there’s plenty of positives to take into tomorrow. I think if we can make the most of FP3, we can set ourselves up for a good qualifying.