Fri quotes: Red Bull, Mercedes, Renault

Date published: September 15 2017

Red Bull came flying out the blocks in Singapore, with Nico Hulkenberg catching the eye in fifth spot for Renault.

Red Bull

Daniel Ricciardo: "I expected this to be honest. I knew we'd come here with a good car. I felt prepared. We need to make sure we keep that tomorrow. I have a lot of faith we can stay here all weekend. Seb was up there this morning so I think Ferrari will get it together. I'm sure it will tighten up tomorrow but I think we can stay here."

Max Verstappen: "Finishing first and second in the last session means it has been a positive Friday. The car in general performed well so we are happy with that side. The balance can always be improved and we are a bit down on top speed but nothing major to work on."

Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton: "We had a clean day and got through our sessions without problems. It was pretty hot out there, the conditions are pretty awesome to cope with, but the grip on the track is fairly good. We were obviously close with the field today and we have still got some improvements to make with the car. Red Bull seem like they're very strong and they're thereabouts with Ferrari, so we've got some work to do. But nothing is out of reach."

Valtteri Bottas: "We were making big setup changes between the first and the second session, but still didn't quite find the right setting. There is plenty of work to do from what we learned today, as I was struggling with the overall grip and the balance of the car. The car felt quite nervous, so it's not so easy to trust the car when you push. That's the main thing we need to work on so that I can build up my level of confidence."

Renault

Nico Hulkenberg: “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: “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.”