Last week in Monza Caterham announced that Tony Fernandes, Chairman of Caterham Group, would be revealing a Caterham concept road car at the Singapore Grand Prix, meaning both drivers will have a busier than usual Grand Prix weekend.
“One thing I know for sure is it’s going to be busy! Tony Fernandes is going to be in town and we have lots of sponsor and team partner activities taking place on and off track,” Charles Pic said.
The 23 year old went on to say that all the events and distractions would make trying to find the time to focus on the race weekend harder.
“so one of the challenges throughout the week is finding the time to step back from everything going on around us and focus on the main priority which is having as strong a weekend as we can on track.”
Teammate Giedo van der Garde is looking forward to the weekend and has already earmarked it to be one of the best weeks of the year.
“The team have already warned me it’s going to be a very busy week! We’re doing a load of sponsor events and Tony’s going to be unveiling a new Caterham Car over the race weekend, and whenever he’s on track, especially in South East Asia, there’s always a real buzz, so I think the whole week we’re there will be one of the best weeks of the year”
Once all of the sponsorship events are out of the way, the two Caterham drivers can turn their attention to racing.
Last year van der Garde won the GP2 sprint race around the streets of Marina Bay and hopes his experience will help him in a Formula One car, and feels the circuit could benefit them.
“I have really happy memories of Singapore as the last time I crossed the finish line there in 2012 I won the GP2 sprint race and finished Caterham Racing’s season on a real high. That was all part of my preparation for F1 and with that experience of the Singapore circuit under my belt I’m really excited about getting back out there in an F1 car!” van der Garde said.
The Dutchman drew similarities between Singapore and Monaco, where he finished 15th earlier this year, and hoped the circuit would suit them.
“Once in the car I think this could be one of the circuits that suits us, a bit like Monaco. You need to have the confidence to be able to push around what are usually normal city streets, and I think we showed in Monaco that that sort of challenge is exactly what we like!” said van der Garde.
Teammate Pic shared his enthusiasm for the Singapore street circuit, saying he was hoping to finish higher than he did last year in 16th.
“For me this is one of the best races of the year. It’s an amazing city and the fact we race at night obviously makes the whole event unique. Last year was my first time racing in Singapore and I had a good race, finishing 16th – this time I’d obviously like to finish higher, but I’m sure it’ll be another good week” Pic said.
The Leafield based team are currently 11th in the constructors championship and need a 13th place or high finish to take 10th in the constructors back off rivals Marussia. At the Italian Grand Prix van der Garde felt the Singapore Grand Prix would provide them with a good opportunity to take 10th place back.
“Singapore. It’s a race where a lot of things happen.” He said.