September 19th, 2012 (F1plus Team).- At the beginning of the year, Force India was expected to do better than today's 7th position on the constructor's championship. Sauber has clearly outperformed them and they built a 37 points advantage, adding to that the fact that Williams are only nine points behind them, and things are not looking great.
Lately, the VJM-05 has been doing better and it seems to be going into the right direction to maximize its potential, and the Marina Bay Circuit, might just be the right place to start a suatined upward trend.
Both drivers, Nico Hulkenberg and Paul Di Resta shared their views about the upcoming race and the intricacies of the Marina Bay circuit and Singapore.
Nico Hülkenberg talks about the most demanding race of the year.
Nico, tell us about racing at night in Singapore and the challenges it presents…
I took part in the 2010 race and thought it was a mega experience. The whole atmosphere in the paddock and working at night is fun because it makes a nice change. We stay on European time so the body keeps its rhythm, although it does feel strange to be going to bed when the sun is rising.
What about the track itself?
It’s a very long lap with some tricky bumps and kerbs, and you need to get close to the walls if you want to be quick. So getting the perfect lap is not easy. It’s anti-clockwise, too, although it’s not as demanding on the neck as somewhere like Interlagos because most of the corners are low to medium speed.
What about the physical challenge generally?
For me Singapore is the toughest race of the year – physically and mentally. I think it’s because there are 23 corners on the track and it’s one of the longest races of the year – always close to the two hour limit. So you certainly feel it after the race because of the high temperatures and humidity
Paul Di Resta explains his preparation for night racing in Singapore.
What are your expectations for Singapore this year?
I had a good race there last year and we’ve seen already that the car has been strong on street circuits this year. So I’m hoping that we will go well there, optimize the set-up and pick up some good points. I think it’s a track everybody enjoys and it’s an interesting race because of the unusual schedule.
Does it still feel different to be racing under artificial lights?
They do such a good job that you don’t really notice. It’s almost better than if you are driving during the day with cloud cover. It’s just something you get used to really quickly. The other thing is you arrive there and stay on European time, and the night becomes your day so you don’t really suffer with jet lag.
Is it easy to stay on European time?
It’s not something I find difficult. The important thing is making sure you choose the right flight to arrive in Singapore at the right time of day. You also have to make sure the hotel staff doesn’t tap on your door in the morning at 9am because you need to be sleeping for another five hours! I always go to bed at 6am and wake up at 2pm, that’s my routine.