Paul Hembery: "Singapore is a race that adds a unique and truly spectacular new dimension to the Formula 1 calendar. Because it is such a specific event, this makes it quite hard for teams to arrive at the best setup and you often see some quite different solutions. Our tires have to work equally effectively within a wide range of parameters, and this is one of the biggest challenges for us over the course of the year. A lot is made of the heat in Singapore, but what people tend to feel is actually the humidity, which means that our tires should be comfortably within their working range when it comes to ambient and track temperature. The tires will be working as hard as the drivers this weekend: many of the drivers say that this street circuit is even more demanding than Monaco.
"As we've seen in the past, particularly in Canada, the combination of soft and supersoft tires provides plenty of opportunities for the teams to put in place some interesting strategies, with the supersoft in particular expected to provide an appreciable performance advantage. The free practice sessions in Singapore will be crucial, as the teams assess the effect of each of our tires on their setups and overall speed."