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By Andrew Benson
Chief F1 writer
Charles Leclerc, winner of the previous two races in Belgium and Italy, claims his Ferrari team are anticipating a”more difficult weekend” at Singapore.
The south-east Asian road trail, the very first of long-haul races which remain this season, isn’t anticipated to suit the car of Ferrari.
“The race Singapore doesn’t look as good on paper for people,” said Leclerc.
“That is because of the very different circuit design, with a great deal of slow corners and even fewer straights.”
This year broke the victory duck of Ferrari circuits where straight-line speed and engine operation would be the characteristics in discovering lap time, along with his 2 wins in Monza and Spa.
Singapore’s Marina Bay Circuit is tight and twisty, also includes 21 corners, in which Ferrari’s performance has been lacking in contrast to Mercedes and Red Bull due to a deficit in aerodynamic downforce.
Leclerc’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel is under the spotlight as a result of an error he made in Italy, when he attempted to rejoin the trail colliding with another car and then spinning on his very own.
The four-time champion, who has been out-qualified by the Monaco driver for the previous seven races and is currently behind his team-mate in the championship, has been supplied a stop-and-go penalty and three points on his license, which means he faces a race banning when he commits another major driving offence in the next three grand prix.
Vettel is a four-time winner in Singapore, also said”Singapore is a course I truly enjoy. It’s a road circuit, bumpy and no room for mistakes and it is one of the races.
“We’ve seen before that anything could happen in this particular race, so the final result is tough to predict”
Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto said the team could be taking upgrades to their car to lower their deficit.
Mercedes head to the Singapore weekend as favourites, as their car has been strong on tracks with lots of corners this past season.
After taking pole position with one of the greatest laps of his career lewis Hamilton, who won the race last season, will be seeking to take another step towards his sixth domain.
He enters the weekend from team-mate Valtteri Bottas. The Finn is 36 points clear of Dutchman Max Verstappen within his Bull, who is just three in front of Leclerc.
Red Bull are predicted to become Mercedes’ closest competitions in Singapore, in which poor air quality as a consequence of fires neighbouring Indonesia, burning is a concern entering a race celebrated as the most demanding of the season because of the warm and humid tropical climate.
Mercedes F1 manager Toto Wolff stated:”For a long time, Singapore used to be among our weakest tracks, but we have made some inroads to that and done well last year.
“But there are no home runs in a track like Singapore: we need to understand this car and this year’s tyres on a very particular track layout and take absolutely nothing for granted in our approach to the weekend. We’re looking forward to a tough battle.”
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