Singapore GP: Charles Leclerc says Ferrari expecting ‘more difficult weekend’

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By Andrew Benson
Chief F1 author
Charles Leclerc, winner of the last two races in Belgium and Italy, states his Ferrari team are expecting a»more difficult weekend» in Singapore.
The very first of long-haul races that remain this season, the street trail, isn’t anticipated to match the car of Ferrari.
«The race in Singapore doesn’t look as good on paper to people,» said Leclerc.
«That is because of the very various circuit layout, with lots of slow corners and much fewer straights.»
This season broke Ferrari’s success duck with his two wins in Spa and Monza, circuits in which straight-line speed and motor functionality would be the dominant characteristics in determining lap time.
Singapore’s Marina Bay Circuit is tight and twisty, also features 21 corners, where Ferrari’s performance was lacking in contrast to Mercedes and Red Bull because of a deficit in aerodynamic downforce.
Leclerc Sebastian Vettel is under the spotlight as a consequence of an error he made when he attempted to rejoin the track, colliding with another car and spinning on his very own.
The four-time champion, who has been out-qualified by the Monaco driver for the past seven races and is now behind his team-mate in the championship, has been provided a stop-and-go penalty and three points on his license, which means he faces a race ban if he commits another major driving offence at the next three grand prix.
Vettel is a four-time winner in Singapore, and stated «Singapore is a track I truly enjoy. It is a street circuit, and bumpy no room for mistakes and it is among the few races operate under lighting.
«We have observed before that anything can happen in this race, hence the final result is difficult to predict.»
Ferrari team manager Mattia Binotto reported the team could be taking updates to their own car to lower their deficit to their opponents.
As their car has been especially strong on paths with lots of slow corners this year mercedes head to the Singapore weekend as favorites.
After taking pole position using one of the laps of his career, lewis Hamilton, who won the race , will look to take another step towards his sixth world title.
He enters the weekend of team-mate Valtteri Bottas. The Finn is 36 points clear from Dutchman Max Verstappen.
Red Bull are anticipated to be Mercedes’ rivals in Singapore, in which air quality as a result of fires neighbouring Indonesia burning is a concern entering a race celebrated as the toughest of the year because of the hot and humid climate.
Mercedes F1 manager Toto Wolff said:»For a long time, Singapore used to be one of those weakest paths, but we’ve made some inroads to that and played well this past year.
«Howeverthere are no home runs in a course like Singapore: we will need to understand this auto and this season’s tyres on a very particular track layout and require absolutely nothing for granted in our approach into the weekend. We are anticipating a difficult battle.»
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