A strong Singapore Grand Prix for the team as Fernando brought home six points in seventh position. Stoffel, starting from 18th, drove a solid race despite it being relatively incident-free up front, to finish in 12th.
Both drivers made clean starts with Carlos passing Nico into turn one then holding that position in the early running. Carlos – on his 75th Grand Prix start - enjoyed a quiet race from there, running a long first stint on the Ultrasoft tyre, before comfortably finishing in eighth for the second time in as many races.
After a difficult session yesterday for Stoffel, both drivers had a smooth final practice session where they were able to complete their final tests before qualifying. Stoffel, in particular, was able to recoup some of the mileage lost in yesterday’s first practice session and spend valuable time dialling in the car to the track conditions. Overnight tweaks to the set-up of both cars had been completed successfully, and Fernando and Stoffel finished in 10th and 15th positions respectively.
Although Stoffel had a difficult start to the day, both drivers ended Friday satisfied with the progress made throughout the two sessions. Stoffel ended the first practice session in 20th after only a handful of laps due to a suspension issue, which took some time to locate and fix. He also suffered a hydraulic leak shortly before the end of running. On the other side of the garage, Fernando had a smooth session and set the 14th fastest time.
A rewarding Italian Grand Prix delivered the team’s first double - points finish of the year and closes out the European leg of the Formula One season. The pitlane now sets sail for Singapore as the final flyaway races of the year get underway. The tight and tricky Marina Bay Street Circuit presents a real test for man and machine, but when you combine this with Singapore’s hot and humid conditions, as well as the vibrant atmosphere from racing under the lights, means this makes for a race you really shouldn’t miss!