BWT Racing Point Formula One Team’s Nico Hulkenberg had a great opening day to the Emirates 70th Anniversary Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit on Friday.
Hulk who is back in the car in place of Sergio Perez who tested positive for COVID-19 completed 51 laps with a fastest time of 01:26.746s and speaking following the action the German said:
I’m feeling a lot more confident in the car: it helped that I was able to be in the simulator last week to prepare for the weekend. I’m much more familiar with how the team works and I’m more up to speed behind the wheel. It felt like a routine Friday and I was able to extract the pace of the car much more quickly today, which is a big positive. I’m pleased with today because we were able to try a few things with the set-up of the car, and it helped me adapt to the car. We were then able to work through today’s programme effectively, which gives us a good starting point for the weekend. I felt that there was pace to be found on the medium tyre because I didn’t have a totally clean lap, and I left some time on the table at the final corner, but all in all, it was a positive Friday.
Lance Stroll had a strong day too completing 50 laps with a fastest time of 01:26.501s and speaking following the action the Canadian said:
It was definitely a positive day of running and it’s looking very tight between the teams. We’ve done plenty of laps around Silverstone now, which helps close all the gaps up, so it’s about maximising everything this weekend. We’ll go away tonight and make sure we come back tomorrow with the car dialled in and ready to go for qualifying. Pirelli has brought a softer range this weekend, which is giving all the teams a challenge because degradation is expected to be more of a factor in the race. Tomorrow’s practice will be important to help us prepare for qualifying, and I’m expecting an exciting race on Sunday