The Formula 1 circus returns to the streets of Singapore for the first time since 2019, with Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing leading the driver’s table and taking measurements for their next Formula 1 crown. Verstappen starts the weekend with a 116-point lead over the next driver in the standings, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. Calculation aside, Verstappen needs to be 22 points ahead of Leclerc, his Red Bull teammate Sergio Pérez by 13 and Mercedes’ George Russell by six to claim his second drivers’ title.
The reality is obviously much more complicated because a lot can happen in 61 laps in Singapore.
“I don’t really think about it” Verstappen reported this to formula1.com.. “It’s pretty far. I just want to enjoy the weekend and of course try to win it. …
“I need a lot of luck to make it happen here, so I don’t count on it much. [the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka will be] my first proper opportunity to win a title.”
If Leclerc is thinking about it, he doesn’t show his cards either.
“Just make the most of the car and show that we have grown from the mistakes we made this year,” Leclerc replied when asked about what Ferrari thinks when Red Bull Racing is close to winning the title. “Just try to have a perfect weekend and hopefully win on Sunday.”
Perhaps the reason why Verstappen downplays the situation and Leclerc is cautiously optimistic is that tight and narrow Singapore plays well to Ferrari’s strengths. In fact, Marina Bay was the site of Ferrari’s last 1-2 finish before they pulled off the feat again at the Bahrain Grand Prix earlier this season.
In addition, Singapore will not only have several warning periods, but also at least one safety car period. Since the event returned to the calendar in 2008, there has not been a single Singapore Grand Prix without at least one safety car run. There were three in the 2019 race.
How to watch the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix
- Date: Sunday, October 2
- Location: 3.146 miles (5.063 km) of Marina Bay Street Circuit, downtown Singapore
- Time: 7am ET
- TELEVISION: ESPN
- Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
What to expect
With 23 twists and turns, Singapore’s winding and narrow street circuit is the slowest circuit on the F1 calendar. It is also one of the most physically demanding due to the temperature and humidity, even at night. These conditions take a toll on riders both mentally and physically, leading to more rider errors than any other track of the year.
Overtaking is typically done at the end of the front straight, where the trail car is trying to get close enough to engage DRS, tow the lead car, and then overtake it to enter Turn 1. Walls and walls everywhere. cars can get quite close, and when overtaking attempts do occur, this is where discretion is the best part of valor, as these attempts usually end up with one or both cars – if not more – crashing into a wall.
There will again be three DRS zones. The first detection zone starts at turn 4, the second just after turn 12, and the last one just after turn 21, which has a couple of fast left turns (turns 22 and 23) before the cars enter the front straight. again.