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Why does Ocon just love Singapore's 'weird schedule'?

Esteban Ocon, Force India, Italian Grand Prix

Esteban Ocon will be racing in familiar territory in Singapore where he'll tackle once again a circuit where he has raced before in his young career.

Just three points behind Sergio Perez in the drivers' standings, and shadowing his team mate's every move, Ocon will be looking to embellish further his remarkable 'points in every race except one' track record. 

"There’s something special about Singapore," says the lanky pink panther.

"You race under the lights and the atmosphere is unique: it feels really glamorous and all the fans and guests are partying through the night during the race.

"On the other hand, it’s very hard physically. It’s hot and very humid, and you lose a lot of fluids when driving.

"It’s one of those places where everything needs to be perfect in the car, because you’ll struggle a lot if you’re not in the right position or there is something wrong with the seat. "

"You try to prepare as best as you can for days like these; you train in hot places and try to maximise the performance of your body.

The 20-year-old Frenchman takes full advantage of the 6-hour time difference between Singapore and Europe and the offset schedule followed by the F1 paddock at Marina Bay by... sleeping as much as he can!

"The weird schedule doesn’t affect me. I like that we stick to European times: we wake up late, the days are shorter and you’re able to sleep a lot.

"It’s my favourite weekend schedule – I am someone who sleeps a lot and in Singapore I can get my 12 hours per night!

"The lap has some really interesting sections. For a street circuit, it’s very fast, but my favourite part is the twisty part in the middle of the lap, where you’re so close to the wall all the time.

"There are a lot of beautiful buildings next to the track and when they are all lit up at night the place looks very beautiful."

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