Pascal Wehrlein: “I’m prepared for the fact that it will be tough-going”


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Pascal Wehrlein believes he is prepared for a tough-going weekend for the Singapore Grand Prix, with hot and humid weather conditions and the tricky Marina Bay Street Circuit.

The Manor Racing driver had a disappointing Italian Grand Prix after he was forced to retire from the race after he suffered mechanical issues. When Wehrlein was told to “Stop the car. Stop the car” by his engineer he was naturally disappointed, especially with the team making really positive steps.

Wehrlein managed to get into Q2 of Qualifying on Saturday with a time that put him in the middle of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso. Wehrlein is excited to be racing at the Marina Bay for the first time this weekend as a Formula 1 driver.

“I’m prepared for the fact that it will be tough-going; high temperatures, high humidity, 23 corners on a track that is not so long compared to some,” said Wehrlein.

“The track conditions can be changeable, with two practice sessions in daylight, and qualifying and the race at night – and, of course, the rain. Plus, it’s a street circuit, so it can be quite unforgiving.

“But, you won’t find me complaining. Pretty much every track is new for me this season, so while each one is to be respected, I don’t worry too much about acclimatisation; it’s something I really enjoy. I’ll let you know how it goes!”