Crimson Bull has gained 14 out of 14 races this season, however would possibly it come unstuck on the Singapore Grand Prix?

Sounds fanciful, doesn’t it? Particularly when Max Verstappen is on a 10-race-and-counting successful streak that dates again to the Miami Grand Prix in Might. However in case you thought Crimson Bull was merely going to show up and win this weekend, maintain your horses a second.

The proof is thus: final outing in Italy it was Ferrari who grabbed pole place, albeit on a really completely different kind of circuit. Overtaking in Singapore is Very Troublesome, so if Crimson Bull is overwhelmed in qualifying it’ll be tougher to rectify on race day.

Additionally the monitor is completely different, having misplaced 4 corners in comparison with the previous format. Is that 4 by which Crimson Bull can not press dwelling its benefit over the competitors?

Plus, this is likely one of the few remaining tracks on the calendar the place Max Verstappen has by no means taken the chequered flag. They need to all be indicators, huh? Huh?

We all know, we all know; clutching at straws within the useless hope of competitors. One thing else to look out for is that Crimson Bull may clinch the constructors’ title in Singapore if it scores a 1-2 end and Mercedes bungles with a double DNF.

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What time is the Singapore GP? And what time is qualifying?

For UK viewers, the Singapore Grand Prix begins at 1pm on Sunday 17 September, precisely 23 hours after the qualifying session that’ll set the grid (2pm on Saturday in case you can’t be bothered doing the maths).

Earlier than that there are three follow periods: FP1 begins at 10:30am on Friday 15 September, adopted by FP2 at 2pm and FP3 the subsequent day, once more at 10:30am.

What’s the climate going to be like?

Moist, scorching and thundery. Which is just about par for the course in that a part of the world right now of yr. The essential factor to notice nonetheless is that the specter of rain is essentially anticipated to have disappeared when the primary motion will get underway within the mid-to-late night native time. So don’t count on a repeat of the chaos of some years in the past when Verstappen, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen all hit one another after a moist standing begin.

The place is the Singapore GP going down?

Singapore mate, the clue’s within the title. Formally the monitor is known as the Marina Bay Avenue Circuit, so known as as a result of it’s a avenue circuit that overlooks the Marina Bay.

Facetiousness apart, the Singapore GP has been on the F1 calendar since 2008 with a two-year hiatus in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Singapore has seen the highs and lows of F1: Lewis Hamilton’s pole lap right here in 2018 is the stuff of legend, whereas Renault dishonest its strategy to victory in 2008 is so infamous that ex-Ferrari driver Felipe Massa is threatening authorized motion for the impact it had on his title possibilities that yr.

Oh, and it’s an evening race. Cue environment and a giant electrical energy invoice for all of the floodlights.

What number of laps is the Singapore GP?

Attention-grabbing it is best to ask this, as a result of the adjustments to the monitor format – made essential due to improvement work occurring within the space – have shortened the size of the lap. Subsequently extra laps are wanted to hit the magic 300km-plus-a-bit size of a grand prix. This yr there’ll be 63 laps for the total race distance, with lap occasions anticipated to be a number of seconds faster than in 2022.

Who’s going to win the Singapore GP?

In all chance, Max Verstappen goes to win. Take a look at us being all cavalier by backing the man who’s not been overwhelmed in months. The Dutchman is after his eleventh win in a row, and also you’d suppose solely teammate Sergio Perez – who often comes alive on avenue tracks – has a shot of beating him.

But when Ferrari can repeat their quali heroics from a fortnight in the past, don’t low cost Charles Leclerc or Carlos Sainz simply but. The slow-speed nature of the corners in Singapore ought to go well with Mercedes’ automotive greater than regular too, so Lewis Hamilton and George Russell will probably be quietly hoping their rivals are hit by reliability points: Crimson Bull hasn’t had a single DNF but…

How can I watch the Singapore GP?

UK F1 followers can both watch the Singapore Grand Prix reside on Sky Sports activities’ F1 channel, or achieve entry to Sky’s protection by the use of a Now TV subscription. Failing that, your solely remaining (authorized) choice is to purchase a ticket and fly to Singapore. Good luck with resort costs.

The cheaper means of doing it’s to easily look forward to the highlights present on Channel 4: this week’s race highlights will probably be broadcast at 5.30pm on Sunday, whereas the quali round-up is on Saturday at 7.30pm.

Proud of radio protection? Dwell commentary will probably be on BBC Radio 5 Sports activities Additional from 12.45pm on Sunday.

What’s the Prime Gear view on the Singapore GP?

We’ve bought blended emotions concerning the Singapore Grand Prix: whereas it’s often thrown big drama our means, overtaking is severely onerous at this tight, concrete-boundaried circuit. Which suggests the grid line-up from qualifying will often provide you with a good suggestion of the place the drivers will end on race day. Boo. Right here’s hoping that the adjustments to the monitor will boost the motion. Even when it does imply specializing in the battle for second…



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