Setting the scene for Singapore

Setting the scene for Singapore

Racing in Asia on European time, preparing for a Sebastian Vettel title party and pondering what might happen if Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton end up battling on track again; Edd Straw sets the scene for the Singapore Grand Prix

There's a real knack to the Singapore Grand Prix. Formula 1 personnel are used to darting from time zone to time zone, but only here must they live their lives adhering to a clock that is entirely at odds with their surroundings. European time governs the paddock, meaning a bedtime more inkeeping with a party lifestyle than working for a grand prix team and breakfast at midday.

With everything six hours out of kilter with the rotation of the earth, it takes quite some discipline not to slip into bad habits. Unusually, in Singapore that can mean early to bed and early to rise, which is a sure-fire recipe for disaster. As Paul di Resta put it "the best thing is not to stay in your room – get out because if you stay in your room you fall asleep."

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