Mercedes hoping to bring car improvements to Singapore GP
By Berthold Bouman
Mercedes are currently fifth in the Constructors’ Championship, but are about to lose that spot to the Swiss Sauber team, the German outfit still have seven races to improve their pace. Michael Schumacher is 11th in the Drivers’ Championship with 43 points, while his compatriot Nico Rosberg is seventh with 83 points, and with 175 points still on the table, both drivers are mathematically speaking still in the race for the 2012 title.
Mercedes are hoping to bring improvements for their Silver Arrow car to the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend. “We concluded our successful Young Driver Test at Magny Cours, and we have a lot of useful information which is now being studied at our factories at Brackley and Brixworth to help bring improvements to the car for the final seven races of the season,” Mercedes Team Principal Ross Brawn said.
Like other teams, Mercedes will be on a European time schedule in Singapore Brawn said, “Now in its fifth year, the routine of the weekend with working late at night and on a European schedule has become well-practiced and everyone at the team loves visiting the lively city of Singapore.”
Michael Schumacher is a fan of the night race, and also loves the city of Singapore, but according to the German, it will not be a walk in the park. “At first sight, everything seems more relaxed because the action happens at night, but of course it’s not like that at all. The reality is that you have to work hard to stay on European time and in the right bio-rhythms, so that you can perform perfectly in the race — because it’s unusual to be competing at this time of day,” said Schumacher.
Nico Rosberg agreed and added, “It’s always seems strange to be driving at night, going to bed at 5am and then waking up in the afternoon but it’s surprising how easy it is to adapt.” He also likes the race, “I really enjoy the Marina Bay track, it’s a street circuit with a difference and with the intense heat and humidity, the sheer number of corners and racing under the lights, it really is a challenge.”
Mercedes Motorsport Director Norbert Haug knows like no other the circuit is hard for man and machine, “There are a total of 23 corners, including ten in the final sector alone, and the drivers will change gear almost 5,000 times during the race. At over 100 seconds, the lap time is the longest of the year and only Monaco has a lower average speed. However, last year’s race in Singapore featured nearly three times as many overtaking moves as the race in Monaco.”