• Singapore, Friday – Ross: “Everything ran reliably on the first outing with our new bodywork & exhaust package”

The first two practice sessions for the Singapore Grand Prix took place this evening around the Marina Bay circuit.

After a heavy late afternoon shower, intermediate and wet tyres were used for the start of the first practice session. Once the track had dried out, the team evaluated the Pirelli super soft and soft tyres available for this weekend. Nico and Michael completed a total of 102 laps in the two sessions today, just over 517 km.

“Today was our first outing with our new bodywork and exhaust package at a race weekend, and everything ran reliably” said Ross. “It’s clear that getting the tyres to work at their best in the hot and humid conditions is going to be a real challenge for everyone this weekend. We need to make some progress in that area as consistency and degradation of the tyres will be key to having a good race, so that will be a strong focus for what we do overnight.

We had a slight brake issue with Michael’s car at the end of the second session which is why we stopped a little early, otherwise the cars ran well, and we have a lot of good information to look through this evening.”

For Norbert, “this was a challenging Friday test day for the team. We had new parts on the cars and our engineers will now go through the data in order to learn about areas for improvement for the rest of the weekend.