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Button: Singapore GP one of the wonders of modern sport

15 September 2013

McLaren driver Jenson Button has hailed the Singapore Grand Prix as one of the 'wonders of modern sport'.

Singapore has been kind to Button over the years and he was took the runners-up spot in both 2012 and 2011.

While a repeat of that may not be very likely next weekend, that won't stop the Englishman and McLaren from trying to 'shine' in F1's only night race.

Indeed Button will be out to stretch his current points' scoring run to five races in succession in the 'Lion City' and he will be determined to do better than the tenth he managed at Monza last Sunday.

“Just as it's exciting to return to Europe after the opening races of the year, it's always cool to pack your bags for a long-haul flight, knowing that you're heading off for the flyaways that bring the curtain down on a long season,” Button said ahead of round 13 in the 2013 F1 World Championship.

“I remember the first time we raced at Singapore [in 2008]; it seemed incredible to think that we could hold a F1 race at night. I must say, the thrill and novelty of racing through spotlit streets is just as intense for me today as it was when we first raced there – it's a unique spectacle, and one that I think is brilliant for F1. In fact, the Singapore Grand Prix is one of the wonders of modern sport.

“I enjoy racing around the Marina Bay circuit. Although I've finished second there for the past two years, this year it'll be interesting to see how our car behaves on a bumpy, high-downforce circuit.

“This is also a race where good fitness preparation really pays off: the race is usually close to the two-hour limit, so it's the longest physical challenge on the calendar.

“I'm really looking forward to it,” he concluded.


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