Schumacher Enjoying Singapore challenge

After an encouraging session for the Mercedes GP team, Michael Schumacher has revealed that he is enjoying the challenge of his first night race in Formula 1.

Schumacher, who drove the circuit for the first time on a damp track on Friday afternoon, caused an upset in the timesheets by slotting second behind Mark Webber.

But as conditions improved during the second session, the German continued to set consistent lap times, and clocked a solid 55 laps altogether.

“It has been a lot of fun driving this track today, even in the dark,” he said.

“It is the first time driving here in Singapore for me and I was curious to experience how it would be and I have to say that I liked it.

“I had heard that the track is quite bumpy but I didn't find that it was too much, just in one sector. The rest is pretty good and exciting.”

Mercedes Team Principle Ross Brawn was unfazed by the unfavourable weather conditions at the start of the day.

“As expected, we faced some weather-related challenges today but the first session proved very useful for Michael as he was quickly able to learn the circuit with good running in the damp conditions.

“The second session proved more useful from an engineering perspective as we could work through our normal Friday programme.

“We are reasonably happy with our progress so far but there is still a lot of work to be done before tomorrow.”