• Singapore Grand Prix - FP2

'No big surprises' for Schumacher

ESPNF1 Staff
September 23, 2011 « Competition is 'tight' - Vettel | »
Michael Schumacher was sixth quickest in FP2 © Getty Images

Michael Schumacher said that practice for the Singapore Grand Prix delivered "no big surprises" for Mercedes.

After a delay of half an hour due to loose kerbs on the circuit, the first practice session was only an hour long because the gap between FP1 and FP2 must be at least two hours. Schumacher said that it affected Mercedes programme, which was further hampered by the lack of grip early on, and that the only information he had been able to garner for certain was the difference in tyre compounds.

"As usual on these types of circuits, the track is pretty slippery and provides low grip," Schumacher said. "It was not really useful therefore that the practice time was cut, because we had a big programme to work on. But then, it was what it was, so we made the best out of it.

"The picture overall is probably as expected: no big surprises, and maybe the most obvious thing is that the difference between the tyres is quite big. For the rest, it is too early to say as we did not have the time yet to analyse the practice sessions fully. I like the race here; it is a bit like the modern Monaco, very exciting with more run-off areas."