Formula One

Singapore Grand Prix weekend preview

Formula One has now finished the European leg and kick off the final third of this 2017 season in Singapore.

This race might be a flyaway but we are staying on European time with the traditional night race.

There are plenty of things to watch out for this weekend so what are the main highlights?

 

Ferrari vs Mercedes

The Marina Bay street circuit has suited Ferrari in the past two seasons.

Being a technical yet power circuit, this has allowed the Prancing Horse to push the dominant Mercedes, who have struggled with the technical final sector here.

Ferrari usually don’t show their hand till Saturday so expect a close contest all weekend, as fans try to work out whether either team’s Friday pace is genuine or not.

Sebastian Vettel in particular loves this circuit, having won four times (2011,12,13 & 15). He will however be hoping for better luck this year, after taking a 25 place grid penalty due to engine changes before climbing to fifth in the race.

Ultimately this will be a true test to see who has the best car for coming races in Malaysia and Japan.

 

Must win for Bottas

This race is really a must win for Valtteri Bottas if he wants to get back into the title fight with Vettel and his teammate, Lewis Hamilton.

The Finn is currently 39 points of Hamilton, who lead this championship but 37 off Vettel, after he lost the championship lead to Hamilton in Monza.

After this round, there are six more races but Bottas would probably need to win two or three of them, with his fellow title battlers both retiring from those races.

If not, he will become the no.2 driver and help Hamilton whenever required.

 

Good opportunity for McLaren

Being a less power demanding track, McLaren stand a good chance at getting points.

The Woking based team has announced a split with Honda at end of season but their engine seems suited to this sort of circuit.

2015 saw both cars retire but Fernando Alonso managed to score six points last year beating Force India’s Sergio Perez and Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat amongst others.

With their strong chassis, the key to ensuring a strong result will be getting lucky with reliability.

 

Danger of rain

This weekend’s weather forecast is for rain to generally fall during early morning, when most if not all teams will be asleep.

There is however a risk of isolated thunderstorms hitting the second half of Sunday’s race, after a shower just before lights go out. Should it fall, we could be looking at our first wet night race here.

It’s difficult to say how things would plan out in that scenario so expect a potential thriller if that is the case.

 

Missed any of the previous race round ups or the half term report? Click on the relevant link below and you can get up to speed.

 

 

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