x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 July 2017

Rain fear for Singapore Grand Prix

Monisha Kaltenborn expects rain to be a factor in Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix.

Monisha Kaltenborn, the chief executive of the Sauber Formula One team.
Monisha Kaltenborn, the chief executive of the Sauber Formula One team.

Monisha Kaltenborn, the chief executive of Sauber, explains the challenges of racing at the Singapore Grand Prix

Singapore is the only night race on the calendar. Does this change the usual race planning?

The biggest challenge for us is the time issue. Racing at night means you can pretty much stay in your cycle from Europe, but it gets hard if you need to wake up in the afternoon, work hard into the evening and then stay up late into the very early morning.

So, essentially, as long as everybody sleeps at the right times, the weekend is the same as any other?

Actually, what could be tricky this time is the weather. We are expecting rain for the first time and having showers at race time would be challenging in any street track, but to have rain here where it takes far longer to dry up because of the humidity, could pose real problems.

This is the start of a period of six flyaway races. Is jet lag the biggest issue for teams or are there other factors?

For this race, jet lag is a major issue, but for the next few races, they are already in the region so it is less of a problem. As a team, you have to plan out these races very well.

There is a week's break between Singapore and Japan. What will the team do?

We have given the team the opportunity to stay in the region and, more or less, go on holiday. Of course, not everyone will stay because some of us - engineers, Peter [Sauber], myself ... - have to go back, but for the rest of the team, they will stay in the region.

* Gary Meenaghan