Dale Coyne Racing’s Esteban Gutierrez in the No.18 Unifin Honda was left disappointed by his opening day on track at the Honda Indy Toronto.
The Mexican who finished the day in 19th place just ahead of his team mate Ed Jones lost out on track activity after hitting the wall at Turn 1. Speaking following his day in the car where he completed 25 laps, the Mexican commented by saying:
It’s not ideal because we lost track time, but sometimes as a driver you have to push and find the limit of the car, especially in my situation where I’m learning the car. We made some very positive changes from Practice 1 to Practice 2, and I think we can keep that positive momentum because I felt the car was pretty strong and I felt good in the car. I just tried a different line in Turn 1, which didn’t work out very well, but we have to look forward. I feel sorry for the team because we have a bit of work to do, but we’ll catch up tomorrow. I like the track because it’s very challenging with the different surfaces from asphalt to concrete in the corners. You basically turn the car in and as soon as you get to the concrete you have less grip, so you have to anticipate that and it’s difficult to judge the balance of the car. It’s good that I approached the weekend with a bit of experience and knowing what to expect. It’s obviously helping me to find my way through on the direction that we need to take. It’s also been really helpful to have Sebastien (Bourdais) here. The best driver coach I can have this weekend. He’s been helping a lot and we’re all happy he is here.
Ed Jones in the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Honda ended the day with the 20th fastest time of the session and speaking following his day in the car in which he completed 44 laps he commented by saying:
It was a good first practice. Getting up to speed was all right. It’s a challenging track, everyone seemed to be going off a bit. They smoothed out the track a lot which has helped, but in other areas the bumps have gotten a lot worse. This track is always difficult. We struggled with the balance in the car in the first session and in the second session it got a bit worse. We tried to fix it, but we didn’t make as much progress as we would’ve liked. It’s a shame, but we’ll look at everything and try to make changes for tomorrow.” (About the condition of his foot): “It hurts a lot, but I have a high pain tolerance, so I’ll be OK. I’m still able to brake without issues.