Pastor Maldonado says he has shrugged off another disappointing F1 weekend as the world championship schedule heads for one of its more iconic events.
While the previous two rounds took place at historically significant circuits, in Spa and Monza, round 13 takes the series to Singapore for the night race on the streets of Marina Bay, an event that has quickly found a place in F1 hearts.
For Maldonado, however, it will not just be another race, but a chance to erase memories of two disappointing races, both of which ended far sooner than he would have wanted.
"Italy was another race I watched from our motorhome and that's not how I want to spend my races!" he sighed, "It was frustrating.
"I got a good start, but received contact from another car [at the first corner] and my race was over. We kept going for that lap, but it was obvious the front suspension was damaged. I was lucky in a way, as I was able to retire in the garage, unlike [Lotus team-mate] Romain [Grosjean], who tried continuing after the incident he was involved in, and had to park his car on track then find his way back. At least I could watch the race straight away!"
Despite the frustration, Maldonado insists that he heads to Singapore with his chin up,
"The team had worked really hard and we were well placed for a race where we could have collected a lot of points, but that's motor racing sometimes," he shrugged, "I'm positive - Singapore's a fantastic event, it's a fun circuit and we've got a great car. We've shown at many different circuits that we can perform well this year, so it's another race where we want to get out there and put in a strong performance."
While much is made of the night race element of the Singapore weekend - with Grosjean amongst those going to great lengths to ensure that his bodyclock remains on European time in order to cope with the unusual schedule - Maldonado says it is the local weather conditions that are more testing for him.
"As everyone knows, we stay on European time and, although some people say it is tough, I find it not to be too difficult," he claimed, "Once you have experienced it, you get used to this way of living and it is only for a few days anyway.
"To be honest, it is not too different to racing in the day or at night. The main reason is quite simple – when we drive we do not look upwards, we are always focusing on what is straight ahead. The big change is the temperature of the tarmac, which is slightly cooler at night, so we have a slightly different approach because of this. We have to adapt our styles a little and make sure we create heat in the tyres as much as we can.
"[Marina Bay] is a very demanding track, where you get no rest at all really. You are constantly turning or braking and there are only two short straights, not enough to really have a proper rest, but I like it this way because you get a rhythm going quickly. Physically, it is tough because the humidity is so high and the race so long, much longer than Monza for instance, so I make sure I am very well hydrated in the days leading up to the race and, of course, during time in the cockpit. It is probably the most important part of our preparation."
While his quest for points drives his desire to see the chequered flag in Singapore, Maldonado also has another reason for not wanting another early exit this weekend.
"The Italian Grand Prix was the last one of the European season, so the last one with our motorhome," he pointed out, "Hopefully, I enjoy the remaining seven races of the season for every lap behind the wheel of my race car....."