Saturday’s night disqualification made life more difficult to Aussie under the scorching heat of Equator line: starting from bottom paved his road to finish with plenty of obstacles and overtakes to do.
The revenge date is set on the Sochi Autodrom for this weekend Russian Grand Prix, and Daniel stroked the barriers in hitting the limits of the car in chasing the 8th slot on timesheets: rear wing collapsed but the car managed to return to the pits. Afternoon of FP1 gone for repairing the damages and replacing the floor; while the second practice saw a 14th earned from Ricciardo:
Allison: “On high fuel and when the first lap is taken out of the picture, the car looks swift and looks like it will be a good racing car”. Hamilton ends the day 4th while Bottas tops the third position
“It started pretty well today, but having the incident at the end of FP1 meant we lost a little bit of time in the afternoon. The mechanics did a really good job to fix the car so quickly. We have work to do but we’re not in a bad place with just a few things to clean up. I think I can improve in some areas so there’s more to come. The rears have a hard time here and we’re figuring out the right balance. I’m not too concerned, Nico had decent pace and I think we’ll be alright tomorrow.”