It was a display of strength from PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team in the opening day of the Gran Premi de Catalunya, with Franco Morbidelli posting the fastest lap of the day around the Barcelona circuit in FP2 and Fabio Quartararo topping the morning session. The Frenchman ended the day sixth fastest.
Morbidelli had a strong morning practice session, staying within the top places until the final laps. At the end of the 45 minutes, the Italian was sixth with a fastest time of 1min 41.219secs. Franco was the man to beat in FP2, despite a Turn 10 crash, staying at the top of the timesheets for the majority of the session. His last lap of 1min 39.789secs proved to be unbeatable and gave him the top spot in the combined times.
Team-mate Quartararo opened the day in the best way, holding the top spot for the majority of the FP1 session and setting his fastest lap, 1min 40.431secs, on his final lap – 0.430secs faster than the closest rival. Fabio was looking strong in the afternoon session as well, but an unfortunate issue with the brakes prevented him from heading out to set his final flying lap. His best time of 1min 40.860secs placed him 14th in the session and sixth overall.
Free Practice 3 for the PETRONAS Yamaha SRT pair will begin at 9.55am local time (3.55pm MYT) tomorrow, with qualifying due to start at 2.10pm local time (8.10pm MYT).