After the last race the Championship was swung around with Red Bull’s double DNF and then Hamilton catching Alonso. The Singapore Grand Prix should bring more of the same as the F1 calendar heads to the night-time racing. The race will be under 1500 floodlights and the hot humid night weather.
Another street circuit but this always has extra intensity under the lights. The track is bumpy and overtaking opportunities are few. Safety car deployments have happened in all the previous races so chances are it will be seen again here. The track itself is not very popular amongst fans and there is little evidence that the drivers like it here. With the bumpy track and this being the longest race in the calendar it’s not hard to see why the drivers might not like it. For fans it sure does look spectacular.
It’s normally very humid here which just adds to the drivers issues throughout this race. The weather seems to be saying it will be humid, the only issue arises with weather here when it rains as night-time would make it very difficult for the drivers to see.
Grosjean is back driving for Lotus and has been saying that his ban has done him good. Eyes will be on him again to see if that’s the case, he’s a young driver but I believe he is a F1 driver with much to learn but he’s still a good driver in his own right.
Red Bull are not sure that the alternator problems will not repeat in Singapore.
Pirelli are bringing the soft and supersoft to Singapore. The asphalt tends to be bumpy and slippery, and grip is further compromised by street furniture such as manhole covers and painted white lines. Mistakes at any F1 circuit can cost the driver but here they seem more costly, After the recent races being on the harder tyres now switching to the softer tyre should bring higher performance.
Who to Watch
Hamilton seems to be dismissing the contract talk gossip and putting his efforts into the Championship which will please McLaren for now but sooner rather than later it needs sorting. If only to stop the comparisons with most football transfers that happen these days.
Red Bull will be out for points after both Vettel and Webber’s DNF but the one to watch really would be Raikkonen. He’s not won a race yet but still finds himself in third place. Not bad at all.
Is it Vettel’s year again?
When Vettel’s car retired in the Italian Grand Prix a lot of people were starting to notice how he had slipped down the table. You would be silly to discount him now from the race. Alonso has a 37 point lead and could cause more damage to others hopes this weekend if he was to extend that lead.
With seven grand prix weekends in the space of two months expect the end of this season to be the most exciting that we have seen. Imagine if Massa won? I know it’s unlikely, but imagine!