Sébastien Buemi has admitted he is not expecting Singapore’s Marina Bay Circuit to go easy on him despite it being his 50th Formula One race.
The Toro Rosso driver began his F1 career at the Australian Grand Prix in 2009 and has since scored 27 points for Toro Rosso in his 49 outings to date. He thinks adding to his tally may prove difficult this weekend.
“I think it is going to be a very tough race,” said the Swiss driver. “We will have the super soft and the soft tyres and will really have took after them, especially in the first few sessions. Then the weather is unpredictable too. We don’t know if it is going to be rain or not. It takes a long time to dry up as well so you have got to take this into consideration.
'It is going to be a very tough race'
“The circuit is quite bumpy so you have got to have a soft car and you need to have a lot of downforce but you need to find a good compromise which is never easy with so little running. But still I think it is going to be a very good weekend and we will definitely enjoy it.”
Asked if he feels like a seasoned campaigner as he approaches a half century of races, Buemi smiled and insisted he still had much to learn. “I think you always learn whether it is 50 or 100. At the end of the day you learn, you have got more experience, you know better what to do. It’s the third time for me in Singapore and I think it is going to help definitely.”
Buemi’s target this weekend is to close the gap to seventh-placed Force India in the Constructors’ Championship. He instead that, after Toro Rosso scored well in Italy to now lie six points adrift of Force India and seven behind Sauber, the game is definitely on.
“We closed the gap quite a bit on Force India and Sauber so I would say the fight with them is pretty open for us. Hopefully we will have a good race, but we need to see qualifying improve quite a bit.”