Esteban Ocon sounded a confident note about Alpine's prospects in Singapore after a solid Friday's running.
Alpine have brought a raft of updates to Singapore, and with both Ocon and teammate Fernando Alonso finishing inside the top ten in FP1 and FP2, the Frenchman said he was pleased with how Friday had gone for Team Enstone.
"It's been a good day," Ocon told media including RacingNews365.com.
"I forgot how hard [Singapore] was really, in the cars. When we stopped, I already lost a bit of weight today, so I'm back on the drink for quite a bit.
"The car has been performing well, we've been trying to understand our updates, trying to make them work as best as we can.
"That's still obviously ongoing, and so far, it's been going in the right direction.
"From FP1 to FP2, we also made a good step in terms of performance compared to the top cars in front.
"It's still early days, but I'm pretty pleased about today."
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Ocon pleased at short and long run pace
Ocon added that the A522 had shown well in terms of both qualifying and race pace.
"I think we look competitive on long run and short runs, well in the top ten," said Ocon.
"The car felt quite healthy today, and I was glad straight away that I had confidence in it since the beginning of the morning, so it's been pretty good.
"Obviously, qualifying is mega important, as it's hard to pass, but the race is so long that it's also quite important, so we are going to need to think about getting the right strategy."
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