Esteban Ocon hopes his Racing Point Force India F1 Team can continue their good form this weekend at the Marina Bay Street Circuit for the Singapore Grand Prix.
The Frenchman has finished sixth in the past two races but knows how tough the race in Singapore is physically.
“In the two races after the summer break we have shown good pace and scored a lot of points, so we go to Singapore aiming to continue this run of great races.
“Singapore is the toughest race of the year from a physical point of view. It’s hot and it’s humid, but I have been preparing for it with lots of cardio training.
“It’s important to eat the right things and drink a lot even before we travel to Singapore. Other than training in the heat, my routine doesn’t change much because we have to be very fit for all the other races already.
Singapore is the only full night race in Formula 1 but Ocon has his own tricks to deal with the schedule and while it isn’t his favourite track, believes it is a fantastic event.
“This Singapore weekend has a unique schedule but I have a little trick for it. I always keep two different time zones on my watch – local and European. I keep to European timings and still manage to go to bed every night at 9pm, Paris time!
“The Singapore race is a fantastic event. Night races are always different and there is the added challenge of a street circuit.
“I admit I am not the biggest fan of the track layout, but it is a very challenging one. There are so many corners and lots of places where you can gain time or make a mistake, so it’s difficult to put together a perfect lap.
“My favourite part is the final sector where you have to get really close to the walls.”
The team are bringing an upgrade to Singapore which Ocon is looking forward to seeing as he hopes to stay at the front of the midfield pack.
“We are bringing an upgrade to this race and we look forward to testing it on Friday. If we can get everything working properly then hopefully we can keep our position at the front of the midfield.”