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Singapore holds no qualms for Piquet.


Nelson Piquet Jr has said that he has no special concerns ahead of the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix, claiming that he will approach the event in exactly the same way as any other race.

The much-hyped event, the second newcomer to the Formula One schedule in 2008, takes place on the streets of the city state, with the added twist that all sessions will take place after dark, but Piquet insists that he will not be fazed by the experience.

"I'm definitely looking forward to it," he claimed, "I have had to learn lots of circuits this year, so it's not something that worries me and, like Valencia, the track in Singapore will be a new challenge for all the drivers and won't be such a disadvantage for a rookie.

"I'm not worried about driving at night either, as I know that the organisers have made great efforts to ensure the level of visibility will be as good as if we were racing in the day. I'm just really eager to see what it's like when we get there, and see Singapore in race configuration."

While most of his rivals have openly revealed that they are taking precautions to ensure that they are in optimum condition to tackle the 'out of hours' weekend, Piquet admits that his biggest concern is ensuring that he does not fall into a daily routine dictated by local time.

"I have done some planning with my physiotherapist to make sure that my body clock does not adjust to Singapore time," he confirmed, "I will have clearly defined hours of sleep, some techniques aimed at reducing the impact of daylight on my body, and a different meal regime with a large breakfast followed by several light meals, just to be in the best shape possible."

After disappointing races in Valencia and Spa, Piquet produced a fighting, if ultimately scoreless, performance in the Italian Grand Prix. While he was happy with his climb through the order, he was disappointed not to have helped team-mate Fernando Alonso take Renault past Toyota in the constructors' standings.

"I made good progress in the race and had good pace, especially considering the fuel load that I started the race with, so I'm happy about that," he reflected, "But I finished outside the points, which is disappointing - especially when the battle for fourth place in the constructors' championship is so close. Once again, my race was decided after qualifying and I'm determined to improve on that this weekend in Singapore.

"Considering that we haven't driven the track, it's difficult for me to say if it's a track that is likely to suit me, so to say what I can aim for is difficult. However, I certainly want to have a better qualifying session because I know this is essential for having a successful grand prix, especially on a street circuit."



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