Alex Rins took to the track alone after his team-mate, Joan Mir, was ruled out pre-event due to an accident sustained at Monday’s Brno test. The morning’s FP1 session went well as Alex got settled into Spielberg’s sweeping circuit; the Spaniard placed 3rd with one-minute left on the clock but got bumped to 7th place as the flag came out. However, he was just half a second from the top.
The track reached a scorching 50°c for FP2, and Rins once again looked solid as he tried different tyre combinations and continued to work on set-up for the unique Austrian track. He spent the majority of the session in the Top 5 and completed FP2 in 12th place. Rins is ready to push in tomorrow’s FP3 to try and secure a place in the all-important Q2.
Davide Brivio – Team Manager: “Alex had to work hard today; we had to try some different settings and discover the best direction to take. We still need to do a bit more work to fine tune the settings and to confirm a tyre selection. Tomorrow we hope to stay in the Top 10 and be in Q2, we’ll see what we can do. Overall it’s been quite a good opening day.”
Alex Rins: “Today went well. I tried all the different tyre combinations on the front and rear, and we know more or less which way we want to go. I was hoping to take a provisional place in Q2 during FP2, but in the end it wasn’t quite possible because I was 12th, and that was a bit disappointing for me. I’m struggling a little in the second sector, but apart from that I feel pretty good here. Today I didn’t really push for a fast lap, we preferred to focus on feel and settings.”