Fri: Williams, Renault, Sauber, Manor

Date published: September 16 2016

At the back of the grid, Williams suffered an underwhelming practice session after lapping disappointing times during FP2.

Williams:
Valtteri Bottas:
“It was a tricky day today. We really struggled with the car balance all day and we didn’t finish today happy with it. We’ve been doing different kinds of tests and set-up changes to try and get the car to work well, but it’s been difficult.”

Felipe Massa: “It’s always tricky to understand Friday in Singapore. You always need to work hard to understand the tyres here. We have a lot to do to improve the car for the short runs, especially with the new tyres. The long run had a better feeling, I think we were quite competitive but we don’t know the fuel of any other cars. It’s difficult to overtake here, so for both tomorrow and for the race the most important thing now is for us to have a better understanding of the tyres.”

Renault:
Kevin Magnussen:
“There were no issues today so we were able to do everything required. We look a little further up the order than last time out and certainly we want to get a bit more quicker tomorrow. It’s certainly hot in the car but there were no surprises so we should be able to make good progress over the weekend.”

Jolyon Palmer: “That was a pretty straightforward evening in the car and we’ve achieved everything we wanted today so that’s a positive. You could definitely feel the grip level improving over the sessions and we have a pretty solid base set-up. It’s certainly a pretty special lap around here.”

Sauber:
Felipe Nasr:
“It was a productive day. In FP1 we continued our evaluation of the aero package, as we were running a high downforce configuration for the first time. It was good to collect data and to get a feeling for the balance of the car. For the rest of the weekend we still have some work to do in terms of the set-up of the car. With regard to the race, it will be important to have good tyre management.”

Marcus Ericsson: “It has been a difficult day. In FP1 I struggled with the car due to power unit issues, so we decided to change the engine for FP2. In this session I had a good feeling on the supersoft tyres, but for some reason on the ultrasoft compound I struggled to get them to work. So far we do not understand why that was the case, so we need to look into it and analyse what happened.”

Manor:
Pascal Wehrlein:
“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. 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 Ocon: “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. 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.”