18 September

2015 Singapore Grand Prix - Practice 18 SEP

“At least we're in the fight here”
Marina Bay Street Circuit, Friday September 18

#14 Fernando Alonso

FP1 1m50.123s (+2.128s) 21 laps 11th
FP2 1m46.959s (+817s) 26 laps 8th

“I think eighth is pretty representative of our true position today.

“This circuit suits the characteristics of our car – it’s very different from Monza and Spa. So, since this track is favourable to us, we must try our best to take this opportunity and really deliver.

“I’m also happy with the changes to the layout of the circuit since last year. The track should be safer now, and probably will offer a better opportunity for overtaking, as in turn 13 now there’s a very wide entry, so we’ll see different racing lines there on Sunday, and hopefully some action too.”

#22 Jenson Button
FP1 1m50.455s (+2.460s) 21 laps 15th
FP2 1m47.888s (+1.746s) 28 laps 14th

“My day was okay, but it’s always tricky to get a balance at this place. There were a few issues that we had on the lower-fuel runs; we just didn’t have the right balance at all.

“I think Fernando had a reasonable balance – we were on a different spec of engine today. I was running on an older spec of engine at the end of its life. We should be able to find more performance tomorrow – hopefully we’ll be up where Fernando was today, and then you have a good fight on our hands to try to get into Q3.

“On our long-run pace, the first three teams are so fast, a couple of seconds quicker than the rest. So we’ll do the best we can tomorrow and Sunday and see where we stand. I’m looking forward to it though. It’s going to be much more exciting than the last two races were, because at least we’re in the fight here. I think we’ll be in the middle of the pack, hopefully.”

Eric Boullier
Racing director, McLaren-Honda
“Without wishing to over-promise, I would nonetheless describe today’s running as encouraging.

“We finished the day in eighth and 14th positions, Fernando’s best lap just 0.8s slower than the fastest of the day.

“Also, we managed to get plenty of laps completed, without any reliability issues of any kind all day, so we’ve now got a great deal of data to work on tonight, with a view to approaching tomorrow’s qualifying in a positive frame of mind.”

Yasuhisa Arai
Honda R&D senior managing officer - chief officer of motorsport
"Both FP1 and FP2 sessions were run according to plan, and it feels that the car as a whole package is heading towards a good direction this weekend.

“Fernando and Jenson used a different aero package setting for the practice session, therefore we were able to gather an abundance of set-up data. We’ll analyse further tonight for the optimal qualifying set-up."
Eric Boullier
Racing director, McLaren-Honda
“Well, we got both cars into Q2, which is significantly better than we managed to achieve in Belgium or Italy, but, even so, we’re a little disappointed.

“But for the yellow flag incident towards the end of Q2, which disadvantaged us, we believe we would have been able to bag better grid positions than P12 and P15.

“This isn’t an easy circuit on which to overtake, but tomorrow’s race will be long and hard, and both Fernando and Jenson plan to approach it with the ambition of trying their hardest to score world championship points.”

Yasuhisa Arai
Honda R&D senior managing officer - chief officer of motorsport
“From FP1 to FP3, we were on track to setting the car up for a smooth qualifying session. Unfortunately we missed out on Q3 by a slight margin.

“This was especially disappointing as a late yellow flag prevented Fernando from setting his second flying lap time.

“Tomorrow, we’ll likely be fighting in the middle of the pack, so we’ll once again work together with the chassis side to strategise our energy and fuel consumption management for the race.”
“We’ll investigate the cause or causes of those issues, in an effort to make sure they never recur.

“From here we’ll travel to Suzuka, one of the greatest racetracks on the Formula 1 calendar, the home Grand Prix of our engine partner Honda, whose power units performed with admirable reliability throughout the past three days here in Singapore.””

Yasuhisa Arai
Honda R&D senior managing officer - chief officer of motorsport
“At the beginning of the race, our pace was good, and we had hopes for a double points score. However, both cars had to retire due to gearbox issues.

“It was a disappointing result, because our set-up became better as the weekend progressed.

“As today’s race was a back-to-back race with Suzuka, we don’t have much time, but we’ll gather whatever data possible from today, fix the problems, and prepare for our home Grand Prix.”
posted at 22:16:00 on 09/18/15 by webmaster - Category: races