Sauber pair Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez say they are confident of fighting for points in F1's annual night race on the streets of Singapore this weekend.
Kobayashi showed potential around the street circuit last year when he made it through to the final stage of qualifying only to then crash out of the race shortly before the half-way mark.
Having failed to score since taking ninth place in Germany back in July, Kobayashi heads to Singapore eager to break back into the top ten – especially as Singapore marks the final race before his home event at Suzuka.
“Last year we were quite competitive in Singapore,” he said. “I made it into Q3, which is a nice memory – very different, of course, to the outcome of the race when I was lying ninth, but made a mistake when the tyres were quite worn and crashed. After the European races I'm now looking forward to going to Asia. Singapore has a very special atmosphere, because it is in the city and it is at night. Night racing I must say gives me an extra motivation, and I really enjoy it a lot.
“The Singapore circuit has many corners, they are all quite similar and all very tricky as well. All in all I'm confident for the weekend, and I really want to achieve a good result because it is the last race before my home grand prix in Suzuka, and good results always give you extra motivation and make you stronger.”
Team-mate Perez will be making his first appearance in Singapore but has previous experience of racing under lights from his time in GP2.
“I believe the Singapore city circuit could be a good one for us,” he said. “Actually I have not raced there yet, but I did a lot of work in the simulator and, knowing our car, I really hope we can have a positive weekend there. We obviously need to score points to get back our sixth position in the World Championship. I have done some night racing in Qatar when I was in GP2. It is a very special feeling if you live at night and it can also be fun.”