May 23, 2018

What to Watch in Singapore — Formula One

16 Setiembre 2017, 11:14 | Bibiana Flor

What to Watch in Singapore — Formula One

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Having said on Friday he wanted a "dominant" weekend, Ricciardo said he was left "accepting a little bit of defeat" after ending up on the second row behind Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel will edge his Mercedes title rival Lewis Hamilton to the chequered flag in Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix, if bookmakers are to be believed.

Red Bull are the most successful team in Singapore to date with three wins (2011-2013), ahead of Mercedes and Ferrari (two each).

Both Red Bull drivers also ran into problems with Verstappen hit by a gearbox glitch and Daniel Ricciardo, who was only sixth, tagging the barriers at Turn 10. "It's not going to be the easiest of weekends, potentially", Hamilton conceded on Thursday. "In theory it should be better here than Monza, but I think it will be close".

Seven of the nine previous Singapore GP pole sitters went on to win the race, with only Felipe Massa (2008) and Hamilton (2012) failing to secure victory. If they can hold out for the length of the race, expect points - there was some great pace there. Will Vettel take back the lead or will Hamilton take it with him to Malaysia?

"I'm still full of adrenaline so maybe whatever I say doesn't make any sense", a breathless Vettel, who let out a loud whoop of joy over the team-radio, said after he stepped out of the car.

The pole position leaves Vettel in a strong position to regain the championship lead tomorrow with overtaking difficult on this track. So there's always a possibility and I do everything I can to try and get another win.

The vexed collaboration with Honda came to a head this month in Italy as Alonso and Vandoorne both collected grid penalties and failed to finish.

Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton has 59 career victories from 201 races and is second in the all-time list behind Michael Schumacher (91).

Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz will move to Renault on loan next year as part of the complex deal while Fernando Alonso is also set to extend his stay at McLaren.

As teams begin to arrive at the exotic circuit in Marina Bay, the Singapore Grand Prix holds the promise of continuing the excitement the season has held so far. Hamilton's phenomenal form in qualifying, with eight pole positions this year, gives Mercedes a good chance.

"Silverstone was an empowering weekend and that has kind of sparked a forest fire in me and that is hopefully reflecting in my driving".

Kimi Raikkonen was first out in Q2, looking to get the Ferraris up the leaderboard. It was fantastic to feel all their passion”.

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