The Singapore Grand Prix is likely to be the highlight of the season, BMW Sauber F1 team boss, Mario Theissen has said ahead of next weekend's trip to South East-Asia.

The event is the second new round in this year's championship - following the inaugural one in Valencia - but it is even more hotly anticipated as it will be the first ever night race in the history of the sport.

The five-kilometre-plus circuit through the streets of the Asian port city will be illuminated by floodlights for the 15th round and the use of artificial lighting has been one of the hot topics in the lead-up to the event there.

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"Singapore is the second unknown quantity on the calendar this year after Valencia. Both are city races, but in Singapore the action will also be taking place at night - and that in an Asian metropolis and against an amazing backdrop. This will give the event even more appeal and excitement," said Theissen.

"You only need to think of the special atmosphere you get at a football match under floodlights: the surroundings melt into the background, the action itself takes centre stage. I'm expecting this premiere in Singapore to be the highlight of the year."

Despite the fact the event will take place at night though, it is unlikely to affect the drivers' too much, unless of course there is rain.

"We had a look around the circuit at a meeting of team managers in Singapore and were given a demonstration of the lighting system. We were left very much with the impression that, although the race would be at night, it would actually be as bright as day," Theiseen continued.

"The only question remaining is whether the light will reflect from the track surface if it rains. That's something we'll only find out if we get a wet race."

BMW Sauber technical director Willy Rampf meanwhile agrees that the event has special significance: "From the spectators' point of view, the Singapore Grand Prix - the first night race in the history of Formula One - will be a highlight in the truest sense of the word," he added.

"The circuit has a large number of 90-degree corners in the 100 km/h speed band, which means that traction will take top priority. The downforce level is high, comparable to Monaco.

"As things stand, the biggest unknown is the track surface. Its lack of exposure to the sun is a factor that should not be underestimated, as the asphalt temperatures will be lower than at other races in this part of the world. That is something we'll need to take into account with the car set-up.

"Because this is a new circuit for all of us, we'll be relying one-hundred per cent on our simulation, which has proved to be very good in the past. The unusual working times will certainly demand a fair amount of all involved, but will also be an interesting experience.

"In Jerez we tested several new aerodynamic components which we'll be using in Singapore. I'm confident that we'll be able to continue our positive recent run of results and am looking forward to this new challenge."

"The recent back-to-back races at Spa and Monza saw Nick [Heidfeld] and Robert [Kubica] not only increase our number of podium finishes this year to ten, but also collect a total of 21 points - more than any other team," Theissen chipped in. "Now we're looking to follow up this good showing in the last couple of European races this year with a strong climax to the season."