The Friday in Baku was quite ineffectual for drivers. The first free session was totally over 10 minutes after the start, however FP2 was longer even with a few stops.
Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas showed good results, but not the best as we usually see. As Lewis said before Azerbaijan GP, this track more suits for Ferrari cars and his words remain true so far.
"It’s been a bit of an odd day, but I still enjoyed it. FP2 went really well, I was feeling good out there and I was more comfortable in the car than I was last year. However, the Ferraris are clearly very quick and it looks like they're quite a bit ahead of us, so we'll need to investigate to see where we are losing time compared to them. It's unlikely that we will find seven tenths over night, but we'll do everything we can to push the car in the right direction”.
Valtteri Bottas set the 5th time in FP2 and isn’t very happy with the laps. Moreover, the driver said that the work with Medium tyres wasn’t easy today.
"It's been a fairly disrupted day which made FP2 more important than usual. We tried to maximise the time on track, adding a few more laps to our original plan for the afternoon after FP1 was suspended. I'm not really pleased with the laps I did, but it's always a bit tricky to find the rhythm in Baku and it takes a bit of time. It wasn't easy to get the Medium compound up to the right temperatures today, but corner speeds will increase due to track evolution, so we should be able to get a bit more energy into the tyres tomorrow”.
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