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Friday practice quotes: Red Bull, McLaren, Toro Rosso

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599296_563331883733860_526111510_nRed Bull
Sebastian Vettel, P1 – 1:47.885, 3rd; P2 – 1:44.249, 1st

“It was quite busy; it’s pretty hot out there, good fun and a nice place, but for all of us it’s quite hard work. The time we set was a surprise today, I got a good lap in, but I don’t think it’s completely representative. We seem to be quick, but I think Mercedes will be very strong in qualifying tomorrow. I think Turn 10 is the best solution we have with the space that’s available.”

Mark Webber, P1 – 1:47.420, 2nd; P2 – 1:44.853, 2nd
“We got most of the work done today that we planned to. It’s an easy venue to not get what you want, but in the end I think we’ve got a reasonable set-up. We’ve got work to do on the long run and also on the short run, you can’t neglect that. We won’t count our chickens yet, but it was a smooth day. Turn 10 is better now I think.”

Mercedes
Nico Rosberg, P1 – 1:48.239, 4th; P2 – 1:45.258, 3rd

“It’s great to be back in Singapore although the conditions are incredibly hot out there and it’s a tough challenge for the drivers. We had a reasonable day but there is still some work to do this evening as our competitors seem to be very quick again. We will be looking at how we used the tyres this evening and make sure we are on top of potential overheating and degradation on the long runs as there are no long straights here to cool the tyres down.”

Lewis Hamilton, P1 – 1:47.055, 1st; P2 – 1:45.368, 4th
“It wasn’t the perfect Friday for us but we got on with our programme and know where we have to make improvements for tomorrow. The balance of the car felt really good in P1 but it definitely went away from us in P2. There is a lot of work to do this evening but we’re used to that on a Friday night and will just get on with it and focus on our car and performance. It’s so difficult to overtake around this circuit that you want to qualify as high up as possible and, of course, aim for the front row but that will be tough. The circuit is much improved here without the chicane and Turn 10 feels like a much nicer corner now.”

Ross Brawn, Mercedes team principal
“We enjoyed a solid first day of running here in Singapore. In the second session, we didn’t quite get our first timed laps together on low fuel but that will come tomorrow, I am sure. Then we completed our usual running on race fuel with both types of tyre. It’s hard to know exactly where we stand because there is a high lap time effect for running extra fuel at this circuit, so that can mix the field somewhat. The car seemed reasonably consistent today which has given us a good platform to work from tomorrow.”

Toto Wolff, Mercedes team executive director
“We collected a lot of data about both types of tyre today and now we need to analyse it to find out where we can improve. There are some big gaps on the timesheets but we need to focus on our own programme and not get distracted by what our competitors are doing. Our priority is to extract every possible bit of performance from our package, then we can see where we stand when it counts on Sunday afternoon.”

Toro Rosso
Daniel Ricciardo, P1 – 1:50.757, 18th; P2 – 1:46.406, 11th

“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 One 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, P1 – 1:49.348, 9th; P2 – 1:46.429, 12th
“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.”

Laurent Mekies, Toro Rosso head of vehicle performance
“We spent most of the morning taking a first look at updates on the aero and mechanical side we have introduced here. We were trying to understand exactly what results they produce, in our efforts to improve our slow speed package, which so far this year has not been as good as the one we run at medium to high speed tracks. We have acquired all the data we want, as both cars ran reliably throughout the three hours. I think it is going to be very tight between the midfield teams, on a track where it is always difficult to get the most out of the cars, because of its unusual characteristics. We will see a big progression from everyone tomorrow and we will also discover who got the most out of their package. That’s our challenge for tonight.”

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