The new asphalt of the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto works great and already at the beginning of FP1 the lap times are close to the track record. Jack Miller starts out strong immediately and finishes P10 in the combined standings. In FP2 Francesco Bagnaia (13th in the combined standings) improved his morning time by more than one second. Great confidence for both Pramac Racing riders in view of tomorrow’s qualifying.
FP1 (Practice condition: dry – Air 20° – Ground 28°)
P7 Jack Miller (1’38.464, +0.543 from P1)
Jack starts very fast and remains in the top positions throughout the session. The Australian rider completes 13 laps using the same tyres (medium).
P21 Pecco Bagnaia (1’39.675, +1.241 from Top 10, +1.754 from P1)
Some problems in braking, especially on the rear, for Pecco who still gets his best time on lap 15 with used tires.
FP2 (Practice condition: dry – Air 25° – Ground 48°)
P10 Pecco Bagnaia (1’38.593, +0.684 from P1)
The feeling with the bike improves lap after lap and with the hard tyres, Bagnaia makes a very interesting time in view of tomorrow’s decisive FP3.
P11 Jack Miller (1’38.606, +0.013 from Top 10, +0.726 from P1)
Jack focuses on race pace and remains on the track (23 laps) more than any other. Even the Australian rider cannot take advantage of the soft tyre due to a mistake in the last sector.
P13 – Pecco Bagnaia
“I wasn’t happy after the FP1 because we couldn’t find a good set-up. Things have been much better in the FP2 as I got on very well with the hard tyre. Unfortunately, the red flag didn’t allow me to make the most of the time attack but I’m still confident.”.
P10 – Jack Miller
“The bike works well and the times are not very indicative. I could have done a lot better on the chrono but I made a small mistake downshifting. Anyway, I’m satisfied because it was a good day also because we went very well in race pace during a good long run.”.