McLaren: There’s still a considerable amount of work to do

Sep.21 (McLaren) Team and drivers review the first day of the Singapore Grand Prix weekend at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, Round 14 of the 2012 Formula One World Championship.

Jenson Button: MP4-27A-03:
“I don’t feel like I’ve found my flow yet – the track surface wasn’t very grippy in either session because of the morning’s rain.

“I’m not entirely happy with the balance either – not everything we tried changing today was successful – but we’ve still got a few ideas for tomorrow and that’s a positive.

“There’s still a lot of work to do – but, if we can fine-tune the balance, we should be competitive.”

Lewis Hamilton: MP4-27A-04:
“Our car has quite a nice balance but we still need to make some further set-up changes. It’s tough in these temperatures, especially on the long runs, but to be honest I think everyone’s struggling a bit too.

“In FP2, I ran a bit wide at the final corner on my fastest lap and probably lost about half a second. Still, it’s great to be able to throw the car around on a high-downforce circuit.

“My race pace didn’t feel great from inside the cockpit, but my engineers tell me it was quite promising. The track should also rubber-in by tomorrow, so tyre degradation should be less of an issue.

“We’re in the top five, but it’ll be a very tight battle for pole position tomorrow. We’re looking at set-up and balance to improve our long-run pace, but today’s performance isn’t a bad place from which to start.”

Martin Whitmarsh, team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes:
“Despite extensive resurfacing, the Marina Bay circuit is still an extremely tough challenge for any F1 driver. While it’s pleasing to see both our drivers routinely running towards the top of the timesheets in both free practice sessions, there’s still a considerable amount of work to do to finesse our car’s set-up for the remainder of the weekend.

“Like all street circuits, however, the track will rubber-in overnight, and we should find ourselves in a better position for what’s likely to be an extremely closely matched qualifying session.

“This is a good starting position for the rest of the weekend – let’s hope we can maintain our momentum.”

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