Solid start of the weekend for the Woking based McLaren Formula 1 team with both cars looking strong.

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Lewis Hamilton: “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 theca 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.”

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Jenson Button: “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.”

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 Martin Whitmarsh, Team principal: “Despite extensive  resurfacing,  the Marina Bay circuit  is still an extremely tough challenge for any Formula 1 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 bean 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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