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[VIDEOS] Hamilton, Rosberg, and Button Discuss the 2016 F1 Singapore Grand Prix

The 3 top drivers share some on-and off-track insight from before the Grand Prix gets underway from Sep 16 to 18, 2016.

01: Lewis Hamilton

Racing in Singapore is akin to travelling through space a la popular science fiction franchise Star Trek, according to reigning F1 champion and Mercedes racer Lewis Hamilton. “To be here in the night time with the lights flashing above you, … it’s kind of like warp speed,” Hamilton told fans and press during a public appearance for luxury watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands on Sep 14, 2016.

  • Lewis Hamilton. Image credit: The Straits Times.

Besides the lights, “at 200 miles an hour, it’s hard to see a lot,” he says, “I’ve surprised myself that I can brake where I’m meant to brake … I don’t know how, but I just do it.”

Watch the full event on The Peak’s Facebook, which we shot live, here.

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02: Jenson Button

Former world champion Jenson Button was dapper in a suit as the McLaren Honda driver popped by the newly launched Michael Kors boutique in Mandarin Gallery on Sep 15, 2016, the first store in Singapore to offer the brand’s menswear. The fashion house and F1 team’s partnership is well into its first year, with the highlight so far being “the opening of the (flagship) London store,” says Button.

  • Jenson Button at the Michael Kors Mandarin Gallery boutique.

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Despite being strapped for time with a packed events schedule, the 36-year-old also took the time to engage in banter, commenting on the Singapore Grand Prix time-zone differences (as a night race, the teams run on the European time-zone instead) as well as expressing an interest in iPhones over Samsung smartphones.

Watch the full event on The Peak’s Facebook, which we shot live, here.

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03: Nico Rosberg

Sunday’s main event is set to be Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg’s 200th F1 Grand Prix start, but to the German racer, it’s just another day at work. “(The number of races) is unbelievable,” Rosberg, who made his F1 debut in 2006, says, “but apart from that, I’m (just) here … to try to win the race.”

  • Nico Rosberg posing with a replica safety car. Image credit: The Straits Times.

However, the 31-year-old took the occasion in stride during his public appearance for IWC Schaffhausen at Ion Orchard on Sep 15, 2016. He joked that he was “not one of the young ones out there anymore, which feels a bit strange”, as he had often been considered one of F1’s rising stars since he became the youngest driver to set a fastest lap during a race at the age of 20.

Watch the full event on The Peak’s Facebook, which we shot live, here.

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