Jenson Button: Fitness will play a big part in Singapore
Jenson Button hopes that his fitness regime will pay dividends at this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix.
The Frome Flyer is a keen triathlete and expects his fitness to come into play in what is usually one of the longest race on the calendar.
And with the added test of racing at night, Button is looking forward to the challenge, despite having enjoyed little success on the track so far this season.
"Just as it's exciting to return to Europe after the opening races of the year, it's always cool to pack your bags for a long-haul flight, knowing that you're heading off for the fly-aways that bring the curtain down on a long season," he said.
"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.
"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 GP is one of the wonders of modern sport.
"I enjoy racing around the Marina Bay circuit. Although I've finished second there for the past two years, this year it'll be interesting to see how our car behaves on a bumpy, high-downforce circuit.
"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."