Webber preparing for ‘toughest physical test’ in Singapore

Mark Webber is ready for the 'toughest physical test' of the F1 season in Singapore     PHOTO: Red Bull Media
Mark Webber is ready for the 'toughest physical test' of the F1 season in Singapore PHOTO: Red Bull Media

Mark Webber says he is preparing himself for one of the ‘toughest physical tests’ of the Formula 1 season at Singapore this weekend.

In what is the only true night race on the calendar, and lasting for two hours, the street track takes its toll on drivers.

But that isn’t putting the Aston Clinton racer off, as he hopes to improve on a poor performance at the track last year.

“I didn’t have such a good race here last year, but I like the event because it’s unique. It’s the only proper night race on the calendar.

“An 8pm kick-off is a strange time of the day to be going racing, but the event works well and everyone has got used to the topsy-turvy timetable now. We sleep until lunchtime and stay up most of the night.

“The race is one of the toughest physical challenges of the year. It lasts almost bang on two hours and, being on the equator, it’s hot and humid. You lose a lot of water. Added to that, the lighting around the racetrack is artificial and it can give you a bit of a headache, so you have to pick your visor tint carefully.

“There’s no doubt that this grand prix is one of the better races to have been added to the calendar in recent years. Hopefully, I can reward all Mark Webber fans out there with another podium, like in 2011.”

Practice takes place on Thursday and Friday, qualifying Saturday and then race day is Sunday.