'Singapore is the toughest race' – Hülkenberg
17 September 2012 – Force India's Nico Hülkenberg has described the Singapore Grand Prix as the most challenging event on the current Formula 1 calendar, with a total of 23 turns making the Marina Bay Street Circuit one of the most technical venues of the year.
The German, who is aiming to bounce back from a troubled weekend in Italy, contested the night race for Williams back in 2010 and picked up his fifth of seven points finishes that season - crossing the line in tenth place.
"For me Singapore is the toughest race of the year – physically and mentally," said Hülkenberg. "I think it’s because there are 23 corners on the track and it’s one of the longest races of the year – always close to the two hour limit. So you certainly feel it after the race because of the high temperatures and humidity.
"I took part in the 2010 race and thought it was a mega experience. The whole atmosphere in the paddock and working at night is fun because it makes a nice change. We stay on European time so the body keeps its rhythm, although it does feel strange to be going to bed when the sun is rising."
Team-mate Paul di Resta, who secured a highly impressive sixth place finish last year, is hopeful of claiming another strong points haul this time out.
"I had a good race there last year and we’ve seen already that the car has been strong on street circuits this year," the Scot explained. "So I’m hoping that we will go well there, optimise the set-up and pick up some good points. I think it’s a track everybody enjoys and it's an interesting race because of the unusual schedule."
The Force India drivers are separated by just one point heading into this weekend's race, with former DTM Champion di Resta currently holding the slim advantage.