• Singapore, Saturday – Norbert: “We decided to save tyres for the race”

Michael and Nico qualified in ninth and 10th places this evening for the Singapore Grand Prix.

The pair progressed through the early stages of qualifying, with one prime run in Q1 and two option runs in Q2. Having reached Q3, the team decided not to start a timed lap to enable both drivers to save tyres for the race. Michael and Nico will also be able to decide whether to start on the Pirelli soft or supersoft tyre tomorrow.

“We’ve made good progress over the weekend with our new aerodynamic package which is encouraging” said Ross after the final session of qualifying. “This weekend has been the first opportunity for Michael and Nico to try the upgrades, and it has taken a little while to get the set-up into a reasonable shape.

Given the closeness of the second part of the grid, we made a strategic decision not to go out for a lap in Q3, and we’re happy to have the choice of tyres and new sets for the race tomorrow.”

For Norbert, “we improved our performance today compared to yesterday. Michael’s time in Q2 was three-tenths behind P3 with Lewis and Sebastian almost a second quicker than the others. We decided to save tyres for the race so Michael and Nico did not start a timed lap in Q3 and will both start from the fifth row tomorrow.”