Williams driver Valtteri Bottas reckons his inexperience at the Marina Bay Street Circuit won’t count against him at this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.
Marina Bay is one of only a handful of circuits where the Finn has yet to drive, as he participated in 15 free practice sessions for Williams in 2012.
But Bottas does not expect to be held back this weekend.
“I’ve never driven at Singapore in a lower category and it was one of the tracks that I didn’t drive in Friday practice last year for Williams so this will be a new challenge that I’m really looking forward to,” he said.
“I will be doing a lot of simulator work ahead of the Grand Prix to get used to the layout because it has a lot of corners that come in quick succession. I’m normally quite fast at learning new tracks though and showed in Montreal this year that I can quickly get up to speed.”
“The fact that the race takes places at night creates a unique atmosphere but I will try and keep my routine the same as it is important to maintain a rhythm between races, and for that reason I will be staying on European time throughout the week.”
Team-mate Pastor Maldonado is optimistic about his chances at a circuit that suits his style.
“Tyre strategy is always a key ingredient so I will be spending a lot of time with the engineers discussing how we are going to tackle this track,” said Maldonado.
“As difficult as the track is, managing the conditions is another element that drivers have to deal with over the weekend as it gets very hot inside the cockpit. I had a very strong qualifying here last year, finishing in 2nd place, so I feel like this layout suits my eye and I know how to squeeze every tenth out of the laptime.”