Fred Vasseur looks forward to getting going in the buzz of the Singapore Grand Prix.
We leave Europe after a tricky last Grand Prix in Monza. What are your conclusions for that race?
The last two races have been challenging and character-building for the team in terms of results. Our global performance was good in Spa and we achieved our best qualifying results of the season so far, but unfortunately in the race we had Kevin’s accident and we couldn’t convert our qualifying pace into a deserved good result in the end.
We expected Monza to be a tricky weekend and we are now fully concentrated on Singapore and beyond.
What are our hopes for Singapore and is it a circuit that should suit us?
Singapore is a type of circuit that should suit us better than the ones visited recently. We can hope for results that are more in line with those achieved at circuits such as Budapest or Spa.
What are our objectives for these coming races?
We are all very much focused on 2017 and yet we must continue to strive for the best results possible in the upcoming races.
It is tough for the team of course but we can clearly see progression in areas that are not always visible externally. This is all part of the building of this team. We must concentrate on this and work on areas that can make a difference in the longer term: for example tyre management, how we manage our race weekends and improving the car’s regular performance.
Any good work and improvements made on track are useful for 2017 and beyond. We must keep this motivation – we have a great team of mechanics and engineers and we are doing positive work in areas such as pitstops – we did the fastest pitstop in Monza with 2.1s! For me this is proof of the hard work done by all in the team, their commitment and resilience in tough times.