Paul Hembery: "It's been a busy day, which matched our expectations - underlining the quality of the simulation data that we created before the start of the event. Our first impressions of the track are very positive, and from what we can see there will be a number of good overtaking opportunities.
"The layout provides an interesting work-out for our tyres, due to the mix of high-speed straights, constant loaded corners and heavy braking areas. Working out exactly how the tyres degrade is tricky because the track is still cleaning, having started off very dusty before clear racing lines emerged. This dust has a significant effect on tyre performance, as the tyres can grain due to sliding and rear wheelspin.
"As the performance gap between the soft tyre and the hard tyre is notable here, the key to race strategy will be getting the softs to last for as long as possible. It will be interesting to see what all the different teams come up with to achieve that goal. We can see from our data so far that wear levels are in line with a two to three stop strategy."