The Mexican driver revealed that the team will continue to bring developments and upgrades to the race, although some of these may be aimed towards next year.
Speaking in a team statement about the up-coming night race he said: “I’ve finished in the points in my two previous visits to Singapore, so, after the disappointment of just failing to get home in the top 10 at Monza, a points finish next weekend will clearly be my aim.”
He added: “Obviously, the fight at the sharp end of the championship means that the top three or four teams are still pushing hard to develop their current cars, whereas some of the others are looking more towards 2014. That means that it’s getting slightly harder to score good points in the remaining races.
However, we’ve still got developments coming through – most with an eye to next year – and I hope that we can maximise our package for one of the toughest races of the year. I like street circuits – you can really attack the corners! – so I’m really looking forward to the whole weekend.”
Team-mate Jenson Button admitted that the novelty of racing under the floodlights of Singapore for the sixth time still hasn’t worn off: “I remember the first time we raced at Singapore [in 2008]; it seemed incredible to think that we could hold a Formula 1 race at night. I must say, the thrill and novelty of racing through spotlit streets is just as intense for me today as it was when we first raced there – it’s a unique spectacle, and one that I think is brilliant for F1.”
The Brit is interested to see how his McLaren MP4-28 performs on the bumpy track: “I enjoy racing around the Marina Bay circuit. Although I’ve finished second there for the past two years, this year it’ll be interesting to see how our car behaves on a bumpy, high-downforce circuit.”
Despite the huge physical demands of racing around the Marina Bay Street Circuit for two hours, Button can’t wait to take to the track: “This is also a race where good fitness preparation really pays off: the race is usually close to the two-hour limit, so it’s the longest physical challenge on the calendar. I’m really looking forward to it.”