Michael and Nico began the team’s preparations for the season’s only night race, the Singapore Grand Prix, around the Marina Bay Circuit this evening.
The start of P1 was delayed by 30 minutes and reduced to one hour due to action required to repair damaged kerbs.
The team focused on race preparations, particularly an intense evaluation of the soft and supersoft Pirelli tyre compounds. Michael completed 39 laps with Nico totalling 41 laps over the course of the two evening practice sessions
For Ross: “Singapore always hosts a spectacular weekend and it is a race which the teams and drivers love. The Marina Bay Circuit is an extremely challenging track to find a balance which will look after the tyres during a demanding race situation. Therefore all our work today focused on race preparation and this confirmed how challenging the race will be. The critical element will be the longevity of the tyres and understanding how to work them to the maximum for as long as possible. We made good progress during the sessions and have a lot of information to work with tonight.”
Norbert also complimented the organisers here in Singapore for: “Hosting this unique Grand Prix which produces the most spectacular images of the whole Formula One season. Michael and Nico concentrated on race preparation today, and did not run the same programmes all the time. This will be a challenging race for our current technical package but our guys are working very hard to make the best out of it in order to achieve a respectable result.”