A CHALLENGING WEEKEND FOR US AT MARINA BAY CIRCUIT CONTINUES INTO SATURDAY’S QUALIFYING. PASCAL P20, WHILE BIRTHDAY BOY ESTEBAN HAS TO SETTLE FOR P21
Saturday 17 September, Marina Bay Circuit, Singapore
Pascal MRT05-03 Q1 P20 1:47.667 8 laps
Esteban MRT05-02 Q1 P21 1:48.296 9 laps
Pascal, not the day you were hoping for, starting with that ‘off’ early in this morning’s FP3 session.
“Difficult day. This is a track where you need a lot of downforce and good traction. We don’t have enough of either yet, so we were expecting a tough weekend. Sure enough, it has been a tough weekend. This morning I lost much of the session, but as we were struggling before, it hasn’t compromised us so much.”
How are you feeling about the race?
“It’s a track that isn’t suited to us, but it’s also a track where things can happen in the race. So that’s what we’re focusing on now – being there when it counts. It’s a spectacular event here, racing under the lights, so I will try to enjoy it.”
Esteban, it looked to us that you were pushing hard. How do you feel about your lap?
“It wasn’t a great day for me. We need to investigate the problems we have as we are quite a way off where we need to be. I don’t think more was possible here today with the car we have. It’s been a tough weekend so far but this wasn’t a surprise to us.”
“Tomorrow is another day. Fresh opportunities maybe. There will be a few different strategies at play and it’s a street circuit, which always throws up a few surprises. I love the track and feel very comfortable here, so I’ll keep pushing and see where we can try to make a difference.”
A word with Dave Ryan, Racing Director:
“Not a lot to say really; the times say it all so there’s little point in trying to dress it up. There are no excuses; we’re just not good enough around here. That’s the bad news; tomorrow’s another day and we’ll be doing everything we can to give our drivers the opportunity to take whatever chances come our way in the race.”