Maverick Viñales 2nd & Aleix Espargaro 8th on day one at Silverstone
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR’s Maverick Viñales impressed in the opening Free Practice sessions today at the Octo British GP in the UK as team-mate Aleix Espargaró recorded eighth position.
With rain clouds looming over the Silverstone Circuit, and air temperatures of 16 degrees, Viñales topped the timesheets in FP1 with a time of 2’02.483 with Espargaró 12th on 2’04.443. But in the afternoon session, and a fraction warmer at 19 degrees, Viñales’ recorded a 2’01.7212-lap which gave him second position overall. Espargaró also improved by more-than two seconds to secure eighth position with a time of 2’02.364.
“I have a good feeling and confidence after this first day, we still can work on lines because this circuit is pretty long to learn and so there is room for improvement. We did a positive job today both with hard and soft tyres; this morning with the hard I was already competitive and I improved with the soft. Although I have already covered the race distance today with one set, we still have to further investigate which will be the best option for the time attack and for the race. I felt good also with used tyres and the set-up has improved; the main focus will be to refine my riding style.”
“I have mixed feelings because this morning my feeling was not good with the bike, it moved a lot and also the grip was lacking, but also positive because in the afternoon we improved a lot. During the lunch break my crew changed some settings and they proved to be effective, I felt much more confident in the afternoon and the time is a first positive outcome. We have clearer ideas on the direction to be taken to improve further and this leaves me positive for tomorrow. Here the track is really bumpy, so we have to find a good compromise, but at the same time I feel we are exploiting the chassis positives in fast corners and this is positive.”