Red Bull's Mark Webber
was in a joking mood as he talked of how he felt about the start of the 2012 F1 Singapore Grand Prix, when he'll line up alongside Romain Grosjean.
It'll be the Lotus driver's first race back in F1 after a one-race ban for causing a major crash at Spa and a storm of criticism about the standard of driving of new drivers in the championship coming up through support series such as GP2.
Asked if he was nervous about the prospect of competing with Grosjean into the first corner of the race, Webber joked: "He better put his sneakers on if he hits me!" before adding: "He knows I've a good right hook on me, so he will stay away from me."
Grosjean himself insisted that he was "not particularly nervous" about his return to F1 duty after having to sit out the Italian Grand prix at Monza two weeks ago.
Webber himself was not happy to finish in seventh place on the grid after qualifying. "It was a tough hour to be honest," he told the Daily Mail
newspaper. "We're scratching our heads because it's not like we didn't get the maximum out of the car.
"Ultimately we're disappointed with the result - sometimes you don't like the medicine but you have to drink it, that's the way it is," he said. "But it's a long GP, plenty of strategy involved and anything can happen."
Webber is not the only one facing a slightly nervous start to the race, with McLaren's Lewis Hamilton
lining up in pole position alongside another recent GP2 graduate, Williams' Pastor Maldonado, on the front row of the grid.
Maldonado has been described by his own team director Toto Wolff recently as the "unguided missile" of F1 after a string of controversial accidents in his maiden season. Maldonado has been handed ten penalties during the season to date, including three at Spa alone that left him with a ten-place grid penalty to overcome at the most recent Grand Prix at Monza.
"There are some quite interesting characters around me on the grid so I will have to be very cautious," admitted Hamilton.
However, he refused to make any direct criticism about the driver who took him out of the European Grand Prix in Valencia in a late-race collision, for which the Venezuelan received a 20-second post-race penalty.