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Button: We need to cut race short.

Byline: Ian Parkes

JENSON Button has called for the demanding Singapore Grand Prix to be shortened to assist the drivers. The night race has become one of the favourites for all concerned since it made its debut on the Formula One calendar three years ago.

But the 61-lap, 5.073km, 23-turn, bumpy, twisty Marina Bay Street Circuit is also the most demanding, both physically and mentally.

On each of the three occasions the grand prix has been held under the lights, and in humidity that can hit a drenching 80 per cent, a safety car period has pushed it close to the two-hour maximum.

Shortening the race, however, would require special dispensation as a grand prix, under current FIA regulations, is 300km plus one lap.

The only exception to the rule is the other true street circuit in F1's blue-riband event in Monaco, whose 78 laps cover 260km.

Ahead of this weekend's showpiece occasion in the Far East, Button said: "It's a very tough race because it's long, the longest on the calendar, normally about two hours.

"Mentally it's very tiring because it's low speed, like Monaco in a way with the barriers so close to the circuit, very bumpy, dark, so it's very demanding for the drivers.

"We find it very, very tough, and after the race you are shattered, in pieces.

"It's one of the races we actually think is a little too long, that they need to maybe shorten.

"We do as much as we can physically but you can't train for the bumpiness of the circuit, so it's tough for us.''
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Sep 22, 2011
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