Pascal and Esteban get their teeth into the Marina Bay Circuit with their first taste of F1 night racing.
Free Practice 1 & 2, 2016 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix
Friday 16 September
Marina Bay Circuit, Singapore
Pascal MRT05-03 FP1 P19 1:51.112 23 laps FP2 P21 1:48.505 33 laps
Esteban MRT05-02 FP1 P21 1:52.379 33 laps FP2 P22 1:48.823 29 laps
First time out here at Marina Bay Circuit. How are you finding it?
“I find this track very cool; I really enjoy driving here. As expected, we are not yet quick enough compared to the other teams; this track requires a lot of downforce and good traction, which we’re struggling with.”
How are you feeling for the rest of the weekend?
“There are so many corners here – no long straights – so we knew it was going to be more difficult. So far we have gone through our programme for the weekend, so that’s all good.”
Esteban, how was your first day’s work at Marina Bay Circuit?
“I think it was a pretty good day overall. The important thing was to stay on track and get to know all the corners. On the quali lap I started to explore the limits of the car a little more and I touched the wall, but luckily there was no significant damage to the car. I lost a bit of lap time but that was not a problem for today. On the long runs, we are very happy with the car.”
How are things looking for tomorrow?
“I’m looking forward to tomorrow, and to racing at night time. The heat makes it harder of course, and it’s a tiring lap here because you never rest – you’re always turning. All of that makes it more challenging and I like that.”
A word with Dave Ryan, Racing Director:
“Obviously a difficult day and it’s very clear we’re not even close to where we want to be. However, we still have FP3 tomorrow to work on the car and hopefully we’ll be able to make up some of the time to our competitors. As everyone is perfectly aware, this race has a history of unpredictable results and it’s very important to be around at the end to take advantage of any opportunities, so that has to be our goal.”