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Singapore GP - Thursday press conference - Pt.2.

Questions from the floor:

Q: (Juha Päätalo – Financial Times Germany)
Can you all describe your night time activity here. What are you doing, keeping the room service cooks busy or watching movies?

David Coulthard:
I think I should get mine out of the way first as it is predictable. Karen is here with me, so I am just using the extra time.

Mark Webber:
I am not as fortunate as David on this trip as Anne is not here. We have just moved the whole schedule. We are not looking out of the window, we are just looking at the time. It is nothing dissimilar to what we normally do. We are doing exactly what we normally do, it is just six or seven hours later than we normally do. It is quite boring but that's how it is, mate.

Heikki Kovalainen:
Yeah, the same for me. I am more fortunate than Mark as I have got Catherine here with me to keep some company. Otherwise I wake up in the morning at the normal time and I have got some stuff to do in the morning with the team and then I will do some exercise or run around the track. Yesterday I went to do some tennis lessons. Now we are just preparing for the grand prix. Nothing really has changed. It is just looking at my watch rather than looking outside to see if it is dark or clear. I am just looking at my watch and do things accordingly.

Lewis Hamilton:
It is the same for me. I am in the same position as Mark as Nicole is not here. I am just trying to keep myself busy, watching films, playing tennis.

Q: (Karishma Khanna – India Se)
What is the most exciting or challenging part of the race that you are really looking forward to?

MW:
That it's at night. I'm looking forward to a unique event, the lights, I think it will look spectacular, it's going to have a different ambience, different atmosphere; everything obviously looks different under lights, so that's the most exciting thing for me.

LH:
I would agree. It's difficult to point out something that we just don't know; we just don't know what's going to be the most exciting thing when we get out on the track. It's just that it's at night. We're driving at 200mph at night time with lights flashing in our eyes and we just have to see how we deal with that. That's going to be most exciting thing.

HK:
Same, exactly. See how things go in the night, I think that's the one thing to look forward to. Of course the race is probably the best part but to see how it works in the night will be interesting.

DC:
Mark and I have raced at Le Mans – I don't know about the two guys in front – so we have experienced partly lit… you know at Le Mans the front straight is lit and then you disappear into the darkness and you just get on with that, you drive as quickly as you can. I don't actually think it will make a big difference whether we're under light or under sunlight. As long as you can see where you're going, that's all you really need. I guess dealing with shadows, because the actual light on the track goes from left to right in some places and right to left in others, but we came off the back of Monza, where when you go out of the Lesmos and under the trees, it gets a lot darker than when you come out of Ascari and down to Parabolica, so we're used to dealing with that as well. I actually think the night aspect is more a marketing thing than it will be an influence on the racing. I don't think anyone will say after the race 'I could have won if I could have seen a wee bit better.'

Q: (Julien Febreau – Radio Monte Carlo)
What could be dangerous, what could go wrong in a night race?

LH:
The lights switch off.

HK:


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