Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Robert Wickens who is making his full-time debut in the series with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports this season showed on Friday that he has landed on his feet with the team.
The Canadian who has moved from the German Touring Car Championship to drive the No.6 Lucas Oil Honda alongside his friend and fellow Canadian James Hinchcliffe was extremely quick off the bate on Friday.
In the opening session of the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg on Friday morning, Wickens was 6th fastest with a time of 01:02.1833s.
In the afternoon session, Wickens set the seventh fastest time with a 01:01.2190s and speaking following the session the Canadian commented by saying:
(How this first experience compared to his practice session experience at Road America in 2017) “It’s a lot more relaxed. That Road America thing was so last minute. I got a phone call on a Thursday to ask if I was even in North America, flew out, and arrived in Chicago at 1 a.m., two-hour drive to Elkhart Lake, two hours of sleep, and the whole day was just stressed and rushed. I couldn’t really enjoy it. Whereas now, I got the proper Thursday set-up day preparation, running through the whole program today was a lot more relaxed. I feel a lot better about it. I’ve had a really good day in the No. 6 Lucas Oil Honda. You couldn’t ask for much more than to be top ten in both sessions today. Hopefully that can be a trend for the rest of the weekend.”