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2016 Singapore Grand Prix -
Practice Sessions

ROSBERG FASTEST IN FREE PRACTICE ON ULTRASOFT
AT ITS DEBUT IN SINGAPORE

MORE THAN TWO SECONDS COVER THE THREE NOMINATIONS SO FAR

VERY HIGH TRACK EVOLUTION SEEN ESPECIALLY IN FP1

Marina Bay, September 16, 2016 – The fastest time in free practice today was set by Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg with a benchmark of 1m44.152s in FP2 on the ultrasoft tyre.
In the more representative and slightly cooler conditions of FP2, which started off with 33 degrees of track temperature, drivers were able to concentrate on qualifying simulations and race rehearsals, seeing how their cars reacted with different fuel loads and tyres on the constantly evolving surface. 

The performance gap between the ultrasoft and supersoft is currently around 0.9s, whereas the gap between supersoft and soft is around 1.3s – meaning that for now, more than two seconds cover the three choices available. 
With traction being a characteristic of the Marina Bay circuit, drivers had to take particular care to avoid overheating the softest compounds in particular. With the ultrasoft never having run in Singapore before, and likely to play a prominent role in qualifying, gaining sufficient information about it was a priority throughout free practice.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “We saw a lot of teams experimenting different technical solutions in FP1, whereas the work was more specifically focussed on qualifying and the race in FP2. On this type of track strategy can make a very big difference, so this is sure to be a big focus of tonight’s data analysis as teams consider the best tactics for what’s set to be a multi-stop race. The way that the track evolves in Singapore is considerably different from a daytime race, and the teams had a good opportunity tonight to assess the pattern of wear and degradation as the night went on: vital information for the rest of the weekend.”

FP1 - TIMES                
Verstappen     1m45.823s         Ultrasoft New
Ricciardo        1m45.872s         Ultrasoft New
Vettel              1m46.287s         Ultrasoft New

FP2 – TIMES
Rosberg           1m44.152s         Ultrasoft New
Raikkonen       1m44.427s        Ultrasoft New
Verstappen      1m44.532s        Ultrasoft New

FP1 - BEST TIME PER COMPOUND
Soft                  Hamilton             1m46.426s 
Supersoft         Massa                  1m48.044s        
Ultrasoft           Verstappen         1m45.823s    

FP2 - BEST TIME PER COMPOUND
Soft                   Rosberg              1m46.933s
Supersoft          Hamilton            1m45.275s
Ultrasoft            Rosberg              1m44.152s        

LONGEST STINTS OF THE DAY
Soft               Ocon                   21 laps
                      Vettel                  21
Supersoft      Kvyat                  23 
                      Magnussen         23
                      Sainz J                23
Ultrasoft        Ocon                  23

Tyre statistics of the day:
                                               Soft            Supersoft          Ultrasoft
kms driven *                           1110             2226                  2561
sets used overall **                  14                 30                     44
highest number of laps **        21                 23                      23

* The above number gives the total amount of kilometres driven in FP1 and FP2 today, all drivers combined.
           ** Per compound, all drivers combined.

Minimum prescribed tyre pressures:  20psi (front) and 17.5psi (rear)

Pirelli fact of the day: The lighting generated over the track is around four times more powerful than that seen at a football stadium. Such are the forces exerted by the cars on the road surface that the many manholes on the street circuit are actually welded shut before the start of the weekend. These same forces, plus the high humidity, means that a driver can lose up to four kilograms in weight during the arduous two hours that normally make up the Singapore Grand Prix.

Spotted in the paddock: Chase Carey. The new chairman of the Formula One Group arrived in the Singapore paddock to inspect Liberty Media’s latest acquisition, following the recent sale of the sport.

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