Schumacher: We have good expectations
15 September 2012 – Michael Schumacher is on the lookout for another strong Mercedes showing in Singapore, with the team approaching next weekend's race on the back of a double points finish at Monza. The German, who finished sixth in Italy, says his squad has 'good expectations' ahead of the fifth full night race in F1 history.
"Singapore is a one-off in lots of ways, with the city, racing at night and the circuit itself," Schumacher commented. "It's a brilliantly unusual race. 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. The nice thing is that the circuit is very technically demanding and it's very tricky to get a perfect lap.
"After a reasonably encouraging weekend in Monza, we have good expectations for another promising performance. I'm looking forward to the night race."
Schumacher was present at this week's Young Driver test in France where Mercedes tested a new Coanda-style exhaust along with a raft of further potential upgrades. The team is yet to decide when, if at all, the developments will be ready to race.