Nico Hülkenberg is in a buoyant mood as he gears up for his 150th start in his Formula 1 career, at the physical Marina Bay Street Circuit, where he aims for a bright weekend under the lights.
What’s so special about the Singapore Grand Prix?
It’s a unique Grand Prix in more ways than one, and it’s the only real night race we have on the calendar. Racing under artificial lighting does take a little getting used to, but Singapore has been on the calendar for so long now, it feels pretty normal. We don’t see too much daylight there as we’re working on European time. We sleep until lunchtime and then the work begins. The facilities at Singapore are really good, and it’s a very enjoyable venue for a Grand Prix.
How physically testing is the Marina Bay Street Circuit?
The circuit itself is very physical and puts a lot of strain on the body. It’s up there as one of the toughest circuits of the season. It’s a long lap with corners coming thick and fast, with not many straights to have a break. The humidity makes it hard combined with all the action we’re doing at the wheel with non-stop corner combinations and frequent gear changes.
This will be your 150th race start in Formula 1, what’s there to say about this milestone?
It’s a significant milestone to have been racing in Formula 1 for so long with that many races under my belt. But it’s just a number at this stage and we have a challenge on our hands in the midfield battle, so I’ll be drawing on my experience and targeting a positive weekend in Singapore.
What can be drawn from Italy?
We did all we could from the back of the grid, and I’m pleased with how the weekend progressed. It’s good that the team are back in the points especially at a power-sensitive circuit like Monza. The penalties are hopefully out of the way and we head to Singapore in confident mood aiming to have both cars in the points.