McLaren’s Jenson Button has revealed that he is just as excited at the prospect of racing at night in Singapore now as he was when the race first returned to the calendar back in 2008.
The Singapore Grand Prix became the first night race in the sport’s history when it was resurrected having last been run back in 1973 and when Button first saw the layout and the spectacle of the circuit he was understandably impressed.
“I remember the first time we raced at Singapore, it seemed incredible to think that we could hold a Formula One race at night,” the 33 year old said, although the novelty has clearly still to wear off. “I must say, the thrill and novelty of racing through spotlit streets is just as intense for me today as it was when we first raced there,” the 2009 World Drivers Champion added.
Button has an impressive record in Singapore, having finished second in the race in both of the last two years but this season has been a big disappointment for the Englishman, who currently sits in a lowly position in the betting odds, and 9th place in the Driver’s Championship.
For Button, however, the Singapore Grand Prix is about more than just individual performances and he was keen to stress how important he feels the event is for Formula One as a sport. “It’s a unique spectacle, and one that I think is brilliant for F1,” Button said. “In fact, the Singapore Grand Prix is one of the wonders of modern sport,” he added.
Button has yet to manage a podium finish this season and, on the basis of the last few races, the latest sports betting does not rate his chances too highly, going forward.
If, however, Button and McLaren are to rediscover the winning formula anywhere then Singapore could be just the place and with a little bit of luck Button could find himself on the podium under the lights for the third year running on 22nd September.