There were top ten times in Friday's practice in Singapore for Jenson Button, Adrian Sutil and Sergio Perez...
Jenson Button: "This morning was about getting used to the circuit again, putting laps on the car and doing aero comparisons. This afternoon the car felt better, but it's strange how much of a difference there seems to be between the tyres. I found about 3.0s from my Prime run to my Option run. On the long runs at the end of FP2, the Option tyre felt good; but, as soon as we put the Prime tyre on, there was lower grip and we struggled to get good balance. On the plus side, though, the ride has been good and we haven't had the rear-end bouncing that we had earlier in the year. So, overall, I'm pretty happy with P7. I wouldn't mind being P7 on the grid, in fact. I don't think that's too bad for us right now."
Sergio Perez: "It was an interesting day, testing the two compounds Pirelli brought here. It's the first time this year we've had such a difference between the two compounds - nearly 3.0s - so to get the balance right was pretty difficult. We're in decent shape here, though. But obviously a lot depends on how we fare in qualifying. In many ways this circuit is completely different from any other track we've visited so far this season. Having said that, we're using a very similar aero package to what we had in Hungary, and we hope we'll be reasonably competitive in that configuration. Unlike Hungary, though, it's a street circuit, which means the driver can sometimes make a bigger difference on a single qualifying lap, and I'm looking forward to tomorrow for that reason."
Adrian Sutil: "It's encouraging to be back in the top ten and if we can do a similar run tomorrow with the super-soft tyres I think we can aim for the top ten in qualifying. The main thing we need to work on tonight is our performance on the medium tyre because I was more comfortable on the super-softs."
Paul di Resta: "We made good progress between the sessions and we certainly look quite competitive over the long runs. So I'd say that compared to previous years things are looking positive because we seem to be getting the car in a similar zone to last year, where it worked well. Some more gains overnight would be welcome so we will focus on some of the finer details to try and keep moving forward."
Daniel Ricciardo: "In FP1 we found ourselves a little bit on the back foot, as I wasn't really comfortable with what I had underneath me. We made some adjustments for FP2 and they produced what we expected, which is positive. Now we have to fine tune those adjustments and then we can have a good package. In high downforce configuration and high temperatures we have struggled a bit this year, but I feel the changes to the car should see us make a step forward, although in Formula 1 you always have to remember that the other teams are also developing their cars. Today, myself and Jean-Eric were just outside the top ten, but I'm confident we can move forward from there tomorrow and if we get into Q3, then we can look forward to a strong race on Sunday."
Jean-Eric Vergne: "We have some new things on the car here and we have spent today getting to understand how they work. I would say they show good potential for improvement. It all went smoothly, so now it's the usual story of looking at all the data to find the best possible set-up for tomorrow. It's going to be a long night for everyone, but I am confident that we can come up with something useful. As part of the usual tyre evaluation, I did a long run on the Supersoft and it felt pretty good and I was quite pleased with that. The main area we need to work on for tomorrow is the balance."
Nico Hulkenberg: "During FP1 we struggled a bit with the set-up of the car and couldn't really find a good rhythm. This afternoon was much better. I felt a lot more confident in the car. However, there is still room for improvement, especially on the option tyre. I think we can find quite a bit more in the lap time. Overall it was quite interesting that the harder tyre was quite weak for me during the long run, and the option performed a lot better. In that regard we still have a lot of work ahead of us."
Esteban Gutierrez: "It was an okay Friday. We managed to get in some good laps and we were able to get through some things that we were planning to do in order to improve qualifying. My experience is improving, but I need to work on certain things. We worked on the set-up of the car. The long runs look okay. There is a lot of thermal degradation on the tyres, which will be quite a challenge during the race. This is something we need to look into to try to find the right compromise for qualifying and a good race pace. Overall the car feels good, but we need to keep working on looking to qualifying tomorrow."
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