Vettel: Marina Bay is a killer, there are many bumps and there is no room for mistakes
15 September, 2013
Sebastian Vettel knows his way around the tricky Marina Bay as he has won the Singapore GP at the floodlit venue for the past two years, but the runaway championship leader is wary of the bumpy nature of the street circuit that leaves no room for error.
Speaking ahead of the weekend in Singapore, Vettel said, “ It’s a very long race – the full two hours, so the race just seems to go on forever. The circuit itself is a killer because there are so many bumps, there’s no room for mistakes.”
Nevertheless it has been a happy hunting ground for the red Bull driver who won both the 2011 and 2012 editions of the race.
“My wins in 2011 and 2012 were the best because I think it’s one of the toughest races of the year to be honest, so to win is an amazing moment and you feel you deserve the champagne!” revealed Vettel.
The race starts at night (local time) but drivers tend to stay on central European timezone which is six hours behind.
Vettel explains the rational behind the late wake up calls during the course of the Singapore weekend, “It sounds unusual but because the race starts at 8:00 pm we have to try and stay on European time as much as possible, to make sure we’re alert later into the night.”
He gave insight into his timetable, “I get up at about lunchtime and have breakfast at about 2pm because that’s 8am in Switzerland. It is a bit weird to have lunch in the evening and go to bed in the early hours of the morning. But we’ve done it for a few years now so it feels more normal than it did the first time.”
It appears that the 26 year old German is powering to a fourth consecutive title, as he leads the championship standings by 53 points. He has six wins to his credit thus far in the season including victory last time out at Monza – victory in Singapore will be huge blow to his rivals. (GP247)
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