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Force India preview the Singapore GP

2012-09-17 10:12:00

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Force India preview the Singapore GP

Force India are looking forward to a "good" race at the Marina Bay circuit, confident the track will suit their car...

Force India are looking forward to a "good" race at the Marina Bay circuit, confident the track will suit their car...


For all the latest F1 odds on the Singapore Grand Prix, round 14 of the 2012 F1 Championship, visit Sky Bet.

Nico Hulkenberg:
Q: Nico, tell us about racing at night in Singapore and the challenges it presents...
NH: 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.

Q: What about the track itself?
NH: 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.

Q: What about the physical challenge generally?
NH: 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:
Q: What are your expectations for Singapore this year?
PdR: 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, optimise 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.

Q: Does it still feel different to be racing under artificial lights?
PdR: 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.

Q: Is it easy to stay on European time?
PdR: 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 don'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.

Ciao Jules, F1 remembers the affable Frenchman

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