September 18th, 2013 (F1plus).- Force India arrives to Singapore knowing that they would need an extra push for the remainder of the season to catch McLaren in the standings, and they will work for it.
The Silverstone based team had very good first half of the year, but the revision on tyres combined with his nearest rival improvement –McLaren- has seen a drop in performance that has cost them points and a fifth place in the Constructors Championship.
Both drivers shared their views ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay in which they will look to get back on track in a circuit notorious for being physically demanding with those behind the steering wheel.
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Paul di Resta
How are you feeling heading into this weekend?
Given our form lately it’s difficult to know what to expect. It’s a track I enjoy; a great venue and we had a great result there last year with fourth place. It would be great to try and repeat that, but it’s going to be tough given how competitive the grid is at the moment.
How do you see the midfield battle unfolding?
There’s no doubt that the tyre change had an impact on things. Plus, a lot of the teams have caught up with us for whatever reason, whether it’s updates or the nature of the tracks. All we can do is keep working away to try and find some more performance. Everybody is giving 100% because we know things can change around quickly in this sport.
You’ve always had some strong results in Singapore – is it a favorite of yours?
It’s a popular race and the unusual schedule makes it interesting. I always stay on European time and that helps because you can avoid the jet lag. I will stick to my usual routine of going to bed at six in the morning and getting up at two in the afternoon because that’s always worked well for me.
Adrian, the last time you raced in Singapore, you finished eighth. Are you happy to be going back there?
It’s not my favorite track, but it’s one of those places that I’ve come to like more and more. There are some nice sections and it’s quite wide for a street circuit, which helps with overtaking. I always enjoy street races and the city is amazing. The atmosphere means it’s definitely one of the best races of the year.
This will be your fifth Singapore Grand Prix, so you must be an expert at dealing with the unusual schedule by now?
In Singapore the night becomes your day and I’ve never had a problem coping with the schedule. Every year you learn more about the best technique for sleeping during the day. As for the track, you almost forget you are driving at night because the lights are so bright and clear. The visibility is perfect.
What’s a realistic goal for you this weekend?
We’ve got to qualify well to give ourselves the best chance of scoring points. We are still close to McLaren in the championship and we need to make sure we keep a healthy margin ahead of Toro Rosso and Sauber. Singapore can sometimes generate surprises and there’s always the risk of rain, so as a team we need to be ready to react quickly and make the most of any opportunities.