FREE PRACTICE UPDATE: JAPANESE GP

The latest on track news from the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.

There's really nowhere else like Japan. This beautiful and vibrant place is the Team's home for the next few days and we can't get enough of it. Even better, the welcome from the F1 fans is second to none.

In Free Practice One of the Japanese Grand Prix the Bulls headed straight out onto the track to take advantage of dry conditions with a deluge of rain expected later in the day.

It was a smooth session for both Bulls with Daniel finishing P3 with 1:29.541 after 27 laps, while Max finished P6 with a 1:30.762 after 26 laps.

Free Practice Two was delayed for 45 mins by race control due to a down pour of rain. The session commenced at 2.15pm but only a few teams chose to complete laps in the wet conditions. 

The Bulls remained in the garage for the duration of FP2 electing not to run.

Daniel was pleased overall with free practice, saying: "This morning in the dry we went out early because we thought the rain was going to come at the end of the session and we did quite a lot of running. Ferrari were quite strong and Mercedes always turn it up on a Saturday so we still have some pace to find, but the balance was pretty good and overall it was a good morning.

We were losing a bit on the straight which I don't think was all engine today, it looked like we had more downforce so we need to see if this is the best set-up for us or if we can find a better compromise for the corners and the straights."

Max commented, "We didn't do that many laps this morning but I was happy with the set-up straight away and I think we looked competitive. The red flag interfered with the programme a bit but we still managed to get some good data and I feel happy at the end of the day.

We adapted plans this morning as we knew the rain was coming this afternoon and this means the washed out second session hasn't impacted on our plans. Mercedes look strong as usual, Ferrari I'm not sure about but I think we are close and that is the positive thing."

The Bulls got back on track on Saturday morning in Free Practice Three. Max finished in P4 with a 1:29.910 after 15 laps while Daniel is P5 with a 1:30.018 after 13 laps.