15 September 2012
F1 » Schumacher quietly optimistic for Singapore
Michael Schumacher: The nice thing is that the Singapore circuit is very technically demanding and it's very tricky to get a perfect lap
Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher has 'good expectations' for Singapore next weekend.
Schumacher felt the Italian Grand Prix was 'reasonably encouraging' for the Brackley-based outfit and after scoring points for the second race in succession, and the seventh time this season, the German will again be out to add to his season tally. Indeed he will want to continue the 'upwards trend' he spoke about after the event at Monza last Sunday.
“After a reasonably encouraging weekend in Monza, we have good expectations for another promising performance in Singapore,” Schumacher confirmed. “Singapore is a one-off in lots of ways, with the city, racing at night and the circuit itself. It's a brilliantly unusual race.
“At first sight, everything seems more relaxed because the action happens at night, but of course it's not like that at all. The reality is that you have to work hard to stay on European time and in the right bio-rhythms, so that you can perform perfectly in the race - because it's unusual to be competing at this time of day.
“The nice thing is that the circuit is very technically demanding and it's very tricky to get a perfect lap. I'm looking forward it.”
Nico Rosberg is also fond of racing at the Marina Bay Circuit, although unlike his team-mate, he doesn't think it is particularly difficult to adjust to racing at night.
“The Singapore Grand Prix is one of the highlights of the season and it's such a fun weekend,” added Rosberg, who has scored 83 points thus far in F1 2012 compared to the 43 of Schumacher. “The city is fantastic, and I finished second in the race here in 2008 which was a great experience and has given me some really nice memories of this event.
“It's always seems strange to be driving at night, going to bed at 5am and then waking up in the afternoon but it's surprising how easy it is to adapt.
“I really enjoy the Marina Bay track, it's a street circuit with a difference and with the intense heat and humidity, the sheer number of corners and racing under the lights, it really is a challenge.”
“With the conclusion of the European races, we now enter a very intense countdown to the end of the season with seven flyaway races in just two and a half months,” summarised Mercedes team principal, Ross Brawn. “The first of these weekends is in Singapore for one of our favourite races of the season in the unique conditions that a night race brings.
“Now in its fifth year, the routine of the weekend with working late at night and on a European schedule has become well-practiced and everyone at the team loves visiting the lively city of Singapore.
“On track, we concluded our successful Young Driver Test at Magny Cours this week, and we have a lot of useful information which is now being studied at our factories to help bring improvements to the car for the final races of the season,” he concluded.
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