Toyota's Ralf Schumacher has welcomed the news that Valencia and Singapore will be apart of the FIA Formula One World Championship next year.

The addition of Valencia, which means Spain will now have two grand prix's - although the Valencia event will be run under the 'European Grand Prix' banner - and the event in Singapore, which looks likely to be a night race, was all confirmed in the build-up to last weekend's Spanish Grand Prix.

Schumacher is looking forward to both events and is happy to do them, as it should be good for the sport.

"It's two more cities to visit! We know Valencia well from testing but the circuit will be new. It will be interesting to see how the street circuit works there," he noted.

"It's the first new European race for a while and I think it will be a good event. Spain is very excited about Formula 1 at the moment so I'm sure they will put on a good show. Singapore is a new location for Formula 1 so that is exciting. If it is good for Formula 1, I am happy to go there."

Asked about last weekend's grand prix itself, Ralf conceded that it wasn't exactly his finest moment - given that he had problems in qualifying and had to start 17th and then retired in the race with about 20 laps to go.

"I actually got quite a good start and made up a couple of places. But because I started from 17th it got pretty messy on the first lap in the midfield as everyone battled for position," he continued. "That is to be expected.

"Unfortunately I was hit from behind by Alex Wurz, which punctured my rear tyre and damaged my rear wing end plate.

"Obviously I lost a lot of time in that incident but after that my race pace was actually quite okay. I made up a few places and I was catching the group in front of me when I had to retire. My front wing had worked loose so I was not able to continue."

 

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