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2017 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX Race Preview
The winner of the FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX has been named champion 5 out of the last 6 seasons. So we thought we ought to give every F1® what they need, a Singapore Grand Prix race preview. Here’s how we think the 2017 edition of the F1® night race might pan out.
As Formula 1® takes its summer break, Sebastian Vettel leads the pack by a whisker. Lewis Hamilton is close behind, and both have four wins from 11 races, with Vettel stepping on the podium eight times this season compared to Hamilton’s six. We should also make note of the efforts from Valtteri Bottas & Daniel Ricciardo. Bottas has won twice, in Russia and Austria, and equaled Vettel’s 8 podiums. You could almost argue he has been more consistent than Hamilton, and it appears he’s better suited to getting the most out of the Mercedes when it’s not perfectly tuned.
Ricciardo has been his usual unrelenting self. His win in Baku was something else, coming from the back of the field after an unwanted pit stop to snare his fifth career win. Despite Max Verstappen stopping his Hungarian Grand Prix before it could start, Ricciardo’s had a pretty solid season, also managing to podium an additional 4 times.
Logic would tell you that these four are the favourites to take out this year’s FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX. Given the tight nature of the Marina Bay Street Circuit, overtaking is notoriously difficult, if not impossible. In fact, 7 of the 9 races prior to 2017 were won by the car at the front of the grid. With Vettel, Hamilton, Bottas, and Ricciardo regularly qualifying near the front, and their current run of form, you would have to bet on one of them for the win.
Previous experience should also be considered. Racing in the night under bright lights, on a tight street circuit featuring 23 corners is no easy task, so drivers who understand the track and have had past success should hold the advantage. Vettel and Hamilton won in 2015 and 2014 respectively, but Ricciardo has podiumed in his last three trips to Singapore and holds the current lap record of 1:47.187, so this could be his year.
Even with new races popping up on the F1 calendar, the Singapore night race remains a unique beast. Temperatures hover around 30 degree Celsius during the race, and with 70% humidity it can get as hot as 55 degrees inside the cars at racing speed! Also consider that every FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX has featured at least one safety car deployment, and you begin to realise that any number of factors could suddenly alter the result. All in all, it’ll be an enthralling watch, and one you would not want to miss!