Sebastian Vettel: “We know that the Mercedes don’t show everything on Friday, and as expected the Red Bulls are fairly quick here as well."
Singapore – The Ferraris finished the first free practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay street circuit in fourth and fifth places. Fastest at the start of this the thirteenth round of the Formula 1 World Championship were the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg (1.47.995) and Lewis Hamilton (1.48.314.) Third in the session that began in daylight and ended lit by 1,600 floodlights around the track was Daniel Ricciardo who posted a 1.48.331 in the Red Bull.
Quickest of the two SF15-T drivers was Sebastian Vettel who lapped in 1.48.494, ahead of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen who did a 1.48.785. Both men worked on set-up and brakes, running the Soft tyres – the other compound available being the Supersoft – as well as practicing some starts from pit lane.
The second free practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix produced a surprising result, with Daniil Kvyat topping the time sheet with a lap in 1.46.142.The first runs on the Supersoft tyre on the streets of Marina Bay secured the fastest time for the Russian Red Bull driver, ahead of the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen who posted a 1.46.181 and the other Red Bull, driven by Daniel Ricciardo (1.46.256).
Sebastian Vettel is fifth in his SF15-T in 1.46.487. Both he and his team-mate worked on assessing the car’s mechanical set-up. The tyres produced positive results on the Marina Bay tarmac, although it’s too early to have a verdict on degradation. Race pace seems good, although one should not ignore the fact that different fuel levels are run during the session.
Kimi Raikkonen: “It was a normal practice session, we were doing our normal things and everything worked more or less ok. There is always something we can improve but overall the car was behaving well. As usual, Mercedes will be very strong and also Red Bull seems to be quite quick here, but today it’s only Friday and it’s hard to judge from the lap times. Hopefully tomorrow we’ll have a good day and then we’ll go from there.”
Sebastian Vettel: “It is always difficult to make predictions after the Friday sessions. In general, I think it was a good day for us. The car seems to work, but other than that I think we can still improve. I was not entirely happy with my short-runs, so for Qualifying we still have to improve a bit, but for the race it looked ok. The pace seems to be there, but it’s also fair to say that I haven’t seen too much of the data yet. So we will see. Obviously, we can expect the Mercedes to be quick tomorrow: I don’t know what happened to them today, they looked a bit slow, but for sure they will change it for tomorrow. We know that the Mercedes don’t show everything on Friday, and as expected the Red Bulls are fairly quick here as well. So tomorrow it will be tight. I look forward to Saturday, I like the circuit, it is a big challenge: there’s a lot of corners, it is a long lap and it’s not easy to get everything right. For tomorrow we should be a bit quicker, but it is only Friday and we should keep our feet on the ground.”