Romain Grosjean says he remains confident after he suffered from mechanical problems during both practice sessions in Singapore.
The Frenchman spent a significant period of the first session in the garage as work was undertaken on the steering rack of his Lotus E21.
Grosjean missed the opening section of second practice due to a suspected brake issue. To compound woes, his running was curtailed prematurely due to a hydraulics leak.
But despite the issues, the French racer is upbeat.
“We had a lot of problems today with the car which meant I didn’t complete many laps,” he said after finishing fifth despite his limited running.
“It wasn’t the ideal situation, but nevertheless the baseline we have here is pretty good.”
“Hopefully we can get on top of the issues we had and have a strong car for qualifying as track position is pretty important here. Tyre degradation was better than we expected with the super soft performing well, so we’ll have to look closely at the data for the rest of the weekend.”
Team-mate Kimi Raikkonen enjoyed a smoother day and set the eighth fastest time in second practice.
“It was a pretty decent day,” he said. “The car felt okay, but I had some traffic on my fast lap on the softer tyres so I wasn’t able to set a faster lap. The car isn’t too bad and there are still some places where we can make it faster. The times don’t matter on Friday so we’ll see what happens tomorrow.”