After he retired in Monza, Nico Rosberg is eager to sign a perfect weekend here. He took advantage in FP1.His team-mate seemed less comfortable contrary to Daniel Ricciardo. Let’s review on this start of evening in Singapore…
Weather report: overcast then night, T. air: 30-32°C ; T. track: 36°C ; humidity rate: 75-79% and wind speed: 0,7-1m.s (north-west)
Nico Rosberg has dominated the FP1 (1st benchmark at 6:12pm in 1’50’’393 and best time in 1’47’’995 at 6:57pm). Mercedes gave up the idea to test the engine from Monza in FP1 so he has used his 4th PU from this session. Lewis Hamilton, second (+0”319s), could equal the 41 wins of Ayrton Senna from 161 starts this weekend. This is his Singapore GP column for the BBC: http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/features/34271169. Daniel Ricciardo has been very close to the King (3rd ; +0’’017s slower than Lewis). Sebastian Vettel, fourth (+0’’499s), is confident for the podium but Red Bull doesn’t hear like this. http://www.express.de/motorsport/kurioses-aus-singapur-vettel—im-auto-riecht-s-nach-fisch-,4595266,10893630.html Kimi Räikkönen, fifth (+0’’790s), confessed his mistake for Monza. Last week, he worked in the F1 simulator and he managed all his starts, that’s why Ferrari won’t change anything in Singapore. Valtteri Bottas has been classified sixth (+1’’385s). Let’s note that this track doesn’t suit the Williams car like MC but they hope to fight with Ferrari. Nico Hülkenberg, eighth, has been inserted between both Toro Rosso drivers (advantage for Max Verstappen). Pastor Maldonado, in the top 10, had to stop at 7:13pm because of a gearbox issue. Fernando Alonso has been eleventh. Sergio Perez has occupied the twelfth row. Sauber has got a short nose and many upgrades here like new wings, engine cover, brake ducts and diffuser, plus a modification to the front of the chassis ; which offers them a lot of motivation, Felipe Nasr told. The Brazilian has finished thirteenth (3 places better than his team-mate). Romain Grosjean, fourteenth, took his decision for 2016 but he won’t say anything right now. Jenson Button, who wants to stay at McLaren (http://www.foxsports.com/motor/story/f1-jenson-button-mclaren-only-not-haas-091715), talks about his friend Lewis (http://www.skysports.com/f1/news/12433/9993924/jenson-button-hails-lewis-hamilton-as-one-of-the-fastest-drivers-in-f1-history) and the F1 calendar for 2016 (http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/120848). He’s been fifteenth. Felipe Massa has been at the seventeenth place. Daniil Kvyat, eighteenth (8 laps=mini, max=28 for Carlos Sainz Jr, average=21), had some fuel system issues at 6:55pm. Both Manor boys have been the good last ones (advantage for Will Stevens). Alexander Rossi crashed into the wall at the turn 18 at 7:26pm (red flag, a lot of damages on his car). Let’s note that the most of the teams worked on some high downforce aero measurements. They tested the soft tyres and they’ll evaluate the supersoft compounds in FP2 (tyre pressure advised by Pirelli=18 PSI at the front and 17 at the rear).
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