• Singapore, Friday – Ross: “A solid first day of running here”

Nico and Lewis began their Singapore Grand Prix weekend at the Marina Bay Circuit this evening. The two drivers completed a total of 110 laps today across the two ninety-minute practice sessions.

Today's programme centred on tyre evaluations and finding a set-up to allow the drivers to attack the street circuit layout. The removal of the Singapore Sling chicane at Turn 10 has cut approximately 1.5 seconds from low-fuel lap times.

Ross feels the team “enjoyed a solid first day of running here in Singapore. In the second session, we didn't quite get our first timed laps together on low fuel but that will come tomorrow, I am sure. Then we completed our usual running on race fuel with both types of tyre. It's hard to know exactly where we stand because there is a high lap time effect for running extra fuel at this circuit, so that can mix the field somewhat. The car seemed reasonably consistent today which has given us a good platform to work from tomorrow.”

“We collected a lot of data about both types of tyre today” says Toto, “and now we need to analyse it to find out where we can improve. There are some big gaps on the timesheets but we need to focus on our own programme and not get distracted by what our competitors are doing. Our priority is to extract every possible bit of performance from our package, then we can see where we stand when it counts on Sunday afternoon.”