Today’s first two sessions on track set the beginning of the Gran Premio Tribul Mastercard di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, at the circuit of Misano.
In the FP1, the conditions on track were mixed, after yesterday’s rain showers. Rodrigo and his crew decided not to face any unnecessary risks, while putting in an initial shakedown on the Italian circuit. Gabriel could quickly improve in the FP2: the Argentinian completed two runs, setting his personal best of 1'42.924, as well as scoring the fourth spot in today’s classification.
Guevara waited for the second part of the FP1 in order to go out on track and gather some data to start off with, finishing within the Top-10. In the afternoon, Juanfran and his crew took full advantage of the time available to work on the setting. However, with 11 minutes to go a small crash interrupted the progression of the Spaniard. Juanfran managed to get out on track again and he finished in 20th position, 1.431 seconds off today’s fastest lap.
#19 Gabriel Rodrigo: 4th - 1'42.924 [combined classification FP1 & FP2]
“I think this was a very positive Friday. We had our plan for the FP1: we achieved a solid progression for our performance after the last couple of races, so we wanted to try something different to improve the pace. We couldn’t really get that done since the track was wet. By the end of the practice we could put in some laps on slick tyres, yet the times were still far: there were still quite a few humid spots. On the other hand, in the FP2 things worked out well since the start. I completed a long run on my own and we achieved the time that we had as final objective, we even improved it a bit. Furthermore, when we changed to new tyres I was very fast: I set the best time I’ve ever got on this track. I’m happy. Now we have to improve a few details for tomorrow, we have quite a clear idea of what to do and we’ll work for a solid Saturday.”
#58 Juanfran Guevara: 20th - 1'44.051 [combined classification FP1 & FP2]
“It was a slightly hectic day, the conditions this morning were far from clear. After today’s sessions, we know that we have to improve our setting, especially the front part because of a lack of grip. For tomorrow we have to work on this point. Besides, we’ll take the chance to gather more data on soft tyres. We put in a few changes during the session of the afternoon: they helped out, but we still have to make a proper step forward. We started with a base that was normally just fine on other tracks, yet here we have to prepare a few changes to improve the front. Tomorrow we’ll try to fix this, our objective is to be competitive and to be ready for the qualifying.”