Because The Night – 2015 Singapore GP, Saturday
– Saturday 19th September
Romain Grosjean has qualified tenth and Pastor Maldonado eighteenth for tomorrow’s Singapore Grand Prix. Pastor was unlucky not to make the cut through the first of the three qualifying sessions whilst Romain was able to proceed to the top-ten decider for the tenth time this season.
Romain Grosjean, E23-04. Q: P10, 1:46.413. FP3: P17, 1:48.116
“We had to work hard to get into Q3, both on the track in the session and working with my engineers beforehand. It’s something of a surprise that it all worked and we made it into Q3, so I’m pretty happy. I was pushing really hard out there today; I was getting up close and personal with some of the walls, but I think my wife will forgive me!”
Pastor Maldonado, E23-03. Q: P18, 1:47.323. FP3: P15, 1:47.817
“It was a tough session and we weren’t really able to get the maximum out of the tyres, which is something we’ve struggled with all weekend. Lack of grip was the main problem out there and it certainly made things slippery for us. Tomorrow’s the race and we can certainly recover some positions, especially as we will have fresh tyres relative to the cars in front of us.”
Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director:
“Good scope for solid points.”
How was qualifying for the team?
We’ve got mixed feelings after today’s qualifying. Pastor wasn’t able to get a good enough lap to get through Q1 but on the other side of the garage Romain was able to do a terrific job to get into the top ten. Romain and his engineers worked hard since yesterday to find improvement to their car and have really made a difference with some subtle changes which have been sufficient to get more out of the super soft tyre this evening.
What are the considerations for tomorrow’s race?
It’s a very long race where there is a lot of tyre degradation to consider. It’s highly unlikely we’ll see any one-stop strategies so we’re looking between two and three stops. Tyre management, strategy and timing will all play their part. We’ve got good scope for a solid points haul.
Green is the Colour for Grosjean
Lotus F1 Team is celebrating the launch of Xbox exclusive title Forza 6 Motorsport with special branding and bespoke Alpinestars race suits for the Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix as well as Romain Grosjean setting a lap time for gamers to try to beat.
Xbox and Forza 6 Motorsport branding is appearing on both the team’s E23 Hybrid race cars as well as the race overalls of Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado. Romain has joined Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, in setting a lap time using the 2015 Lotus F1 Team’s E23 Hybrid on the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps track in Belgium.
Romain Grosjean, Lotus F1 Team driver:
“I am extremely excited about Forza 6 Motorsport’s launch in Asia. I’ve had the opportunity to race the E23 Hybrid in the game, and the entire racing experience is absolutely amazing. The visual detail within the car is immaculate, the graphics absolutely breathtaking and the sound is incredible – it almost feels like I’m racing the actual car itself! I’m particularly impressed by the night racing and wet weather modes as they provide an added dimension to the virtual racing experience. I’m looking forward to see fans beat the timings set by Phil and I. We are tough to beat, but I am sure that they can do it if they try hard enough!”
Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox:
“In conjunction with the launch of Forza 6 Motorsport, we want to invite all our fans to be part of this great partnership with Lotus F1 Team. Both Romain and I have set our best racing times and we want fans to beat us for the ultimate bragging rights in Forza 6. With tremendous improvements made to the game, including the addition of the Lotus F1 Team’s E23 Hybrid, night racing and wet weather elements, we believe that Xbox and Forza 6 will be at the centre of many epic virtual racing moments in the months to come.”
How to compete against Romain and Phil
Called the Forza 6 Motorsport #TimetoShine challenge, participating fans will need to better the race times of 1:52.703 set by Romain Grosjean, and 2:00.343 set by Phil Spencer for the ultimate bragging rights against two of the most competitive Forza Motorsport 6 racers in the world. Fans need to set their time using the Rivals mode event in Forza Motorsport 6. Fans who succeed in beating these times should post a screenshot of their race timings with the hashtag #TimetoShine, alongside the @Xbox or @XboxP3 handles on their social media pages, in order to for the result to be recognized by Phil Spencer and the Xbox team across the world.
Racing Forward with Forza 6 Motorsport
Powered by the cutting-edge ForzaTech™ engine, players can take their pick from the wide range of super cars, including the 2015 Lotus F1 Team’s E23 Hybrid that packs a powerful Mercedes Benz Power Unit alongside design and aerodynamic improvements for a superior racing experience, and race these cars in 26 world-famous locales, including Daytona, Le Mans and Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps among others.
Taking virtual racing to the next level, players will also be able to compete in the all-new night racing mode, a unique race experience popularized by the Singapore Grand Prix night race. With impressive lighting effects illuminating the race track and spectator stands, players will be awed by the mix of different colours coming together beautifully against the dark night-time skyline to heighten the excitement in the heart-pumping race spectacle. Furthermore, new wet weather racing elements complete with detailed 3D puddles provide that additional boost for the most complete and realistic Forza experience ever.