Caterham drivers Giedo van der Garde and Charles Pic have both spoken about their preparation for the upcoming Singapore Grand Prix, which will take place next weekend.
The race, held at Marina Bay, is the only event on the F1 calendar that starts and finishes in darkness, making it a unique grand prix for fans of the sport and also the drivers, teams and all personnel involved in the sport. Being a night race, they are required to remain on European time throughout the weekend and judge their sleeping patterns to negate jet lag. However, the heat is one of the biggest problems, but Charles Pic is confident of acclimatizing quickly.
“We start preparing for races like Singapore way back in winter with the hours put in training, and then fine tuning the physical and mental preparation in the week leading up to the race,” Pic said in the team’s GP preview. “I’ll arrive earlier than I would for a European race so I can start acclimatizing to the heat, and my fluid intake over the week will increase each day to the point where I’ll take on up to five or six litres of liquid before the race starts.
“That’s one of the keys to performing to the maximum – being properly hydrated means you can focus 100% in the car, and that’s vital around a circuit as technical as Singapore.”
Giedo van der Garde is confident that the team can continue its impressive run of form in Singapore, with the circuit suiting the CT-03 car.
“I think this could be one of the circuits that suits us, a bit like Monaco,” the Dutchman said. “You need to have the confidence to be able to push around what are usually normal city streets, and I think we showed in Monaco that that sort of challenge is exactly what we like!”
The drivers will also be present for the launch of Caterham’s new ultra-high performance roadcar on Friday in Singapore.