Daniel Ricciardo described his second practice session as “strange” after being unable to do a race simulation because he had flat-spotted his tyres.George Russell’s car was damaged by a loose drain cover. “It was strange,” Ricciardo said, “and then FP2 was probably even more strange for me.”
The Renault driver described why he only did 15 laps in the session. “I missed the last half-hour or more,” he said. “Normally around here it’s because you’ve crashed but my reason was flat-spotting. [On] both sets we flat-spotted the tyre, the first set and the second one, on some push laps.
“It just happened straight away and then the tyre was gone. Unfortunately we didn’t really have any tyres to do a long run. I don’t know if I’ve ever been in that position before so obviously it was not cool. Frustrating, [but] at least it highlighted some areas we will work on tonight.”
Ricciardo said Renault have “got to get into it and be super-efficient” during tomorrow’s final hour of practice before qualifying.
The two Renault drivers ended practice inside the bottom five and chassis technical director Nick Chester indicated they will likely resort to running higher downforce levels tomorrow.
“I think we’ll sort it out,” said Ricciardo. “Today was for sure a challenge for us. But I’m convinced we’ll sort it out for tonight and get them going. I think especially on a low-grip circuit once you switch them on the grip will come quite quickly. I’m sure a smile will be on both of our faces once we feel that.”
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