Jules Bianchi says he is excited about the prospect of making his debut under lights in next weekend's Singapore Grand Prix.
The Frenchman will seek to maintain the solid form he has shown so far in his debut season in what will be his first appearance on the challenging street circuit.
Admitting that the race was one he had been looking forward to all season, Bianchi said he was ready for the challenges that would be provided by the night race and was keen to help the team maintain its championship placing.
“The Singapore Grand Prix
will be a totally new experience for me as my first night race,” he said. “In my debut season, where everything is new, it is certainly one of the highlights of the calendar for me and I can't wait for next weekend. Having been to the race previously I know that there are so many different aspects to the weekend - staying on European hours, going to bed when I should be getting up and eating breakfast in the middle of the afternoon.
“I've driven the track on the simulator and it looks like a lot of fun, although it will be pretty hot in the cockpit. The next part of the season is going to be quite a challenge for everyone, but the Team is pushing so hard to maintain tenth place in the Championship and I really hope that is going to be possible for us.”
Marussia team-mate Max Chilton
will also be competing under lights in F1 for the first time but can at least count on past experience of the circuit from his time in GP2.
“Singapore is a great city and I can't wait for my first Formula 1 night race experience there next weekend, although it's not a new circuit for me and I have great memories of winning there last year in GP2,” he said. “The track is quite reminiscent of one of my favourite circuits, Monaco, and I would be happy to achieve the same sort of result as I did that weekend in Monte Carlo.
“Working to European hours is always interesting but I've seen the floodlights first-hand, so I know that while it feels like night-time in the Paddock, it's like daylight on the track. We've done a lot of work behind the scenes to try to optimise our current package and for my part I'm quite pleased with how my pace is really building, so my first objective for Singapore is to maintain that momentum.”