Responding to chief Formula 1 World Championship rival Lewis Hamilton's assertion that victory is very much on his agenda in the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix this weekend [see separate story - click here], Felipe Massa has underlined that expectations at Ferrari for the sport's first-ever night race are equally 'very high'.

Hamilton and Massa have waged a see-saw tussle for supremacy season-long, with the Briton arriving in the Far Eastern city-state just a single marker ahead of the Brazilian in the chase for the coveted crown.

With 40 points remaining up for grabs over the final four outings of the campaign, both drivers are well aware that even the tiniest of errors from hereon in will be heavily punished.

"There is a great battle," Massa acknowledged, "with both of us having some ups and downs during the year, so I hope we can have good results in the remaining four races. It will come down to which team can do the best job working reliably and consistently."

Whilst underlining that he doesn't 'expect anything' in the way of help from team-mate Kimi Raikkonen - the defending world champion now all-but out of title contention, sitting 21 points adrift of Hamilton in the drivers' standings - the man from S?o Paulo is nevertheless confident of seeing off the McLaren threat in Singapore, particularly given his peerless qualifying form around the similar street circuit layouts of Monaco and Valencia already this season.

"I arrived here on Tuesday morning," he remarked, "so I had a little bit of time to do some sightseeing and it seems like a very interesting place. I am really looking forward to discovering the track and to learn it, as from our simulation work I would say it will be both interesting and difficult.

"The track looks like a mix of some other tracks, like Valencia, Melbourne and Monaco. It seems quicker than Monaco but much slower than Valencia, with some sections resembling Melbourne and maybe even Montreal. It looks as though there are some very tricky corners, and it will be important to learn the best lines as quickly as possible on Friday.

"As for my body clock, like everyone I am keeping pretty much to European time. For example, on Wednesday I was walking around the track at three o'clock in the morning! That's very unusual and funny actually.

"I'm aiming to go to sleep every day at five in the morning, waking up around one in the afternoon. It's strange to be operating on a completely different time plan to all the local people.

"Our last test in Mugello went very well, but of course that is not the same as actually driving here. We were not just concentrating on Singapore, though, as we were also working towards the next two races in Japan and China. In these cases, Mugello is more representative of the circuits we will race on at these two venues."

As to what he and Ferrari can achieve in the first race to be held under spotlights in F1's 58-year history, Massa is adamant that the objective - as always - remains to conquer the top step of the podium.

"I will just try and do my job as well as possible," the 27-year-old affirmed, "and the best result would of course be for me to win all four remaining races! As always, though, for me and Kimi, our first responsibility is always to try and win for the team.

"Expectations for this race are very high from everyone involved. I think it is an interesting moment in the history of Formula 1, and generally I'm very excited about the weekend."


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