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."
It's a fair point, for the body tends to have a fairly good idea that it's actually 3am when you are trying to tell it that it's dinner time. But that's the challenge that everyone faces in Singapore, not only the drivers - who must be able to perform at their peak at 9pm - but also the mechanics, whose performance during pitstops can prove critical come Sunday afternoon...sorry, night.
It all happens at night in Singapore © sutton-images.com
As for the danger of falling asleep, you would think to listen to some talk that all interest in F1 will dissolve as soon as Sebastian Vettel clinches the world championship. He could take the title with a win on Sunday, and theoretically could do so even if he has second. Vettel himself inevitably refused to create a rod for his and Red Bull's own backs by downplaying this title talk, although knowing him he would be delighted to pocket the title with five races to spare.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.