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Pérez Expects To Be In Contention For Points In Singapore

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Sergio Pérez hopes his Racing Point Force India F1 Team can continue their momentum from the past two races in Belgium and Italy this weekend at the Singapore Grand Prix.

The Mexican has had a fifth and seventh place finishes in the past couple of races and is looking forward to trying to carry that form on at a race like no other this weekend.

“I am really looking forward to racing this weekend. The last couple of events went really well for us and you can feel the positive atmosphere in the whole team, so we want to keep the momentum going.

“Singapore is a special event and I don’t think there’s any other race in the world like it. The city is buzzing and the circuit looks amazing when all the lights are on.

“The hotel is close to the paddock, so we walk to the track and that’s a way to see the city and feel the atmosphere – something you can’t really do at other races.”

Singapore is one of the toughest races physically for the drivers and Pérez admits the “weird schedule” does make it harder for drivers to prepare.

“The race is a big test for the body. When you’re in the car, it is hard to breathe and you’re sweating a lot. In the days leading up to the race I train in the toughest conditions I can to get used to it. The race is also the longest of the year in terms of time in the cockpit, so fitness is important.

“The best preparation is to sleep well and keep hydrated. The weird schedule makes it a bit strange, especially at the beginning of the week, but after a couple of days in Singapore it’s not a problem anymore.”

The Force India driver has always gone well at the Marina Bay Street Circuit with his lowest finish being tenth on his first visit so is optimistic that he can make it eight starts in Singapore with eight points finishes.

“The Marina Bay Circuit is one of my favourites because I have scored points every time I’ve raced there. That’s seven times from seven races and I’m looking forward to making it eight out of eight.

“I love driving street circuits because you have to be aggressive and accurate, and Marina Bay is the type of track where you can make a difference as a driver. Being so close to the walls is always challenging but it’s fun as well.

“With the wide cars it’s tougher to overtake, but is not as tight as Monaco and there is enough space to make some overtaking moves.”

The new Racing Point Force India have scored 32 points in their two races and with a new upgrade, Pérez feels he can compete for a good amount of points this weekend.

“We’re bringing an upgrade to the race, so I expect us to be competitive. Last year I finished fifth and after the breakthrough we had at Spa and Monza, I definitely expect to be fighting for a good amount of points this time as well.”

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