A fan of street circuits, both Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez are set to fight for the points in Singapore…
Q: Nico, just six races to go this season. How are you feeling?
NH: It feels like the season has gone by very quickly. When you start the fly-away races you know the end of the season is getting close. The last race in Italy was disappointing for me. After the race the team found some damage to the floor, which is why we had the balance problems. It made the car difficult to drive. I’m confident things will be better in Singapore and I will be fighting hard to get a good result.
Q: You’ve already raced three times in Singapore. Tell us how it feels…
NH: It’s definitely a tough race. It’s hot and humid, and the race usually runs close to two hours, so physically it’s probably the most difficult race of the year. It’s mentally tough, too, because street circuits are more unforgiving. The walls are close and you have to get close to them if you want to be quick. The other challenge is to get your sleep pattern sorted at the start of the week.
Q: Is it a race you enjoy? Talk us through some of the main challenges of the lap…
NH: As a race it’s an amazing event. The atmosphere is always very special and it looks spectacular on television. The first sector is my favourite part of the lap. It’s quick with a good overtaking opportunity going into turn seven. It’s usually where a lot of the action takes place in the race. It’s also a very long lap with some tricky bumps and kerbs, but mostly you need a car that is good in the low and medium speed corners.”
Q: Monza looked like a lot of fun and a great way to end the European season…
SP: The result in Monza was an important boost for everyone in the team. It shows that we will continue to fight hard for every point until the end of the season. The battle with Jenson was very clean. Neither of us wanted to give up and it got very close at times, but I knew it was crucial to stay ahead.
Q: Can we expect the same in Singapore?
SP: I think we can be quick. There are a lot of slow corners and that usually works well for our car. I enjoy the track and I’ve always scored points in Singapore so I will try to keep up my record.
Q: How much do you enjoy racing at night under the lights?
SP: I’ve always liked street circuits so it’s up there as one of my favourites. It’s a very demanding race and usually quite unpredictable. You have to use the kerbs and attack the corners, which suits my driving style.