Renault Sport Formula One Team ended the first day of the 2017 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix with driver Nico Hülkenberg ranking fifth-fastest, his best position in FP2 this season, at 1min 42.448secs. Jolyon posted the twelfth-fastest time on a damp track during the day session. He gently hit the wall in FP2 which affected his time but could continue his session, finishing fourteenth-fastest.

Alan Permane, Sporting Director – Technical programme notes
• In FP1, both drivers used Pirelli’s Ultrasoft (purple) tyres.
• In FP2, Jolyon and Nico ran with the Supersoft (red) and Ultrasoft tyres.

What we learned today:
• We are building on the momentum we had on high downforce tracks.
Nico Hülkenberg, #27, R.S.17-04
Free practice 1: P9, 1:44.101, 24 laps
Free practice 2: P5, 1:42.448, 33 laps

Nico: “We had a standard yet positive Friday here in Singapore, the performance in FP2 was quite good. I was feeling happy with the car all day and that’s what is most important to me right now. I definitely had some good balance and harmony, there is always room for improvement but definitely a good start to the weekend.”

Jolyon Palmer, #30, R.S.17-03
Free practice 1: P10, 1:44.961, 25 laps
Free practice 2: P14, 1:43.795, 32 laps

Jo: “Overall it was a good session, I’m quite happy and the car is in a good place. I touched the wall in the evening session so we have a bit of minor fine tuning to do overnight. We are in a good place for tomorrow.”

Bob Bell, Chief Technical Officer: “We had a reasonably good day, we were able to go through the programme as planned, particularly the tyre information to prepare our race strategy. Overall a very straightforward Friday and we are confident for tomorrow. After a disappointing weekend in Monza, we are back in a good place and our goal in Singapore is to continue to build on our momentum.”