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McLaren aiming for points in Singapore

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McLaren have set the target of solid points heading towards F1's only full night race, the Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay.

The team haven't had the greatest success on the tight, twisting streets of the city-state, Lewis Hamilton's win in 2009 their only success, but both drivers can't wait for the unique challenge the Singapore layout presents.

Jenson Button is one of only three drivers to have finished each of the first five races at Marina Bay so far, and he says that even now the feeling of racing in Singapore is hard to match.

"I remember the first time we raced at Singapore [in 2008]; it seemed incredible to think that we could hold a Formula 1 race at night, I must say, the thrill and novelty of racing through spotlit streets is just as intense for me today as it was when we first raced there – it’s a unique spectacle, and one that I think is brilliant for F1.

"In fact, the Singapore Grand Prix is one of the wonders of modern sport."

Known for his passion to push himself physically, the extreme demands of the Singapore race also appeal to Jenson.

"This is also a race where good fitness preparation really pays off: the race is usually close to the two-hour limit, so it’s the longest physical challenge on the calendar. I’m really looking forward to it."

As for his team-mate Sergio Perez, he too has had good results on both his previous visits to Marina Bay and claims another good result will be his target again this year.

"I’ve finished in the points in my two previous visits to Singapore, so, after the disappointment of just failing to get home in the top 10 at Monza, a points finish next weekend will clearly be
my aim.

"Obviously, the fight at the sharp end of the championship means that the top three or four teams are still pushing hard to develop their current cars, whereas some of the others are looking more towards 2014.

"That means that it’s getting slightly harder to score good points in the remaining races. However, we’ve still got developments coming through – most with an eye to next year – and I hope that we can maximise our package for one of the toughest races of the year.

“Singapore is an unpredictable race – it’s tough on drivers and machinery, so we’ll be looking to get the best from our high-downforce set-up and see if we have a car that can ride the circuit’s many bumps.

“I like street circuits – you can really attack the corners  – so I’m really looking forward to the whole weekend.”

Certainly McLaren are well known for good results at street circuits and I would expect them to be battling at the front of the midfield again in Singapore.

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