Fresh from its 1-2 finish in the Italian Grand Prix last time out, a result which strengthened its lead in both the drivers' and constructors' championship battles, Brawn GP will introduce a new aerodynamic upgrade in Singapore this weekend as the F1 season heads into its final four races.
Jenson Button heads into the night race leading team-mate Rubens Barrichello by 14 points, with Sebastian Vettel a further twelve points behind for Red Bull. Brawn meanwhile hold an advantage of 40.5 points over Red Bull after their Milton Keynes-based rivals managed just a single point at Monza – while Barrichello and Button took a maximum 18 for the fourth time this year.
With the team now looking to improve its position at the head of the standings, a new aerodynamic upgrade on the car will be introduced as the Brackley-based outfit seeks to repeat its Monza result as the season moves closer to its conclusion.
"Formula One's first night race in Singapore last year was a fantastic occasion which was greatly enjoyed by the drivers, teams and fans,” team boss Ross Brawn said. “The spectacle of running on a barrier-lined street circuit under the floodlights really caught the imagination and provided a weekend that Formula One and the Singapore Grand Prix organisers should be very proud of. It's a venue which everyone at Brawn GP is looking forward to returning to this week.
“The team and our drivers performed extremely well in Monza to achieve a one-two finish at the last race and we will be hoping to carry that momentum through to Singapore. We have a significant aerodynamic upgrade for the BGP 001 for this weekend which should bring another good step in performance for the final races of the season. The nature of the Marina Bay Street Circuit is tight, twisty and very narrow in places with many first and second gear corners resulting in low average speeds so we will be running the car in a high aerodynamic downforce configuration."
While Button continues to lead the way in the drivers' championship, it is team-mate Barrichello who heads to Singapore as F1's form man, with two wins in the past three races bringing him right back into title contention.
With the Brazilian on a high after problems earlier in the season, Barrichello will look to further erode Button's lead and said he was ready for the challenge of racing under lights for a second time.
"The first Formula One night race in Singapore was very exciting last year and I'm really looking forward to returning this week,” he said. “It's always good to have new challenges and racing under the lights for the first time certainly provided that.
"I really enjoyed the circuit as it felt like a proper street circuit should with public roads, bumps, barriers and passing some of the famous city landmarks. It's very narrow in places and you can feel quite enclosed particularly with the bright floodlights shining down. It's a very slow track so you need a high downforce aerodynamic configuration on the car and with so many corners, you have to maintain your concentration at all times.
"I've had a great time over the last month with two victories so we've got some good momentum behind us going into the final four races of the season. I can't wait to get back in the car and get on with the challenge."