The Straits Times
Published on Sep 19, 2012

China's Ma wary of challenge posed by Singapore race


For Ma Qinghua, Singapore's grand prix is tricky, and not just because it will be the first time the Shanghai-born driver is taking to a street circuit for a Formula One event.

The Republic's heat and humidity, and the timing of the race - it is the only night race on the F1 calendar - plus the twisty, bumpy track's degree of difficulty all place huge demands on drivers.

Ma, 24, is the first F1 driver from China to play a part in a Grand Prix weekend. He first drove in the free practice session at the Monza race earlier this month.

He said in a media session on Tuesday: "It will be the first time I've driven on a street circuit and at night, so it will be a whole new experience.

"Singapore is a very difficult track and does not allow any room for mistakes.

"What's more important for me now is not to get a good timing, but to get more practice and clock more mileage."