Rosberg Leads Merc 1-2 In The Morning In Singapore While They Struggle In FP2

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Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team’s Nico Rosberg was the pace-setter in this morning Free Practice One session ahead of Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay circuit. The German led a Mercedes 1-2 ending the session just ahead of championship leader Lewis Hamilton who goes into the race on Sunday with a 53 point lead over Rosberg.

In the second session, Rosberg was seventh fastest ending the session 0.639s behind Daniil Kvyat. Speaking following the day of running, the German commented by saying:

In the first practice session I felt good in the car; I did some changes with the setup between the sessions, but I went in the wrong direction. It was good experience, as I know now what to do for tomorrow. The track is very demanding and tyre wear seems to be very high. Generally it is great to be back in Singapore as the event is really cool. But to be in the car is horrible, it’s unbelievably hot for us as we have expected.

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton ended the opening session in second place, 0.319s behind Rosberg while in the second session, the double world champion finished the session in fourth place 0.337s behind the Red Bull of Daniil Kvyat. Speaking following the day of running he stated:

The sessions were good, we got on with our programme. It was very enjoyable and the track is very physical. The car feels good but the others are much closer this weekend. It’s always the case here. There are no problems with the car but everyone looks closer, if not a bit faster. We’ll still be fighting, we just need to work hard and find out where the time is. Qualifying is very important as overtaking looks very difficult so we’ll see what tomorrow brings.

Mercedes Executive Director (Technical) Paddy Lowe commented by saying:

We ran our normal programme today and there were no big issues. We worked a lot on the tyres and it seems to be a very competitive situation with Ferrari and Red Bull, who look strong this weekend. We will be looking to optimise the car for both single lap and long runs. It’s a circuit that historically produces high degradation, so that’s an important aspect. We’ll be working hard overnight to get the best out of the car.

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