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

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By Andrew Benson
Chief F1 writer
Charles Leclerc, winner of the previous two races in Belgium and Italy, says his Ferrari team are expecting a“more difficult weekend“ in Singapore.
The street track, the very first of long-haul races which stay this year, isn’t anticipated to suit Ferrari’s automobile.
„The race in Singapore does not look as good on paper for people,“ said Leclerc.
„That is because of the very different circuit design, with lots of slow corners and even fewer straights.“
This year broke the success duck of Ferrari circuits in which straight-line speed and motor performance are the dominant characteristics in determining lap time, with his 2 wins in Spa and Monza.
Singapore’s Marina Bay Circuit is tight and so forth, also comprises 21 corners, in which the performance of Ferrari has been lacking compared to Mercedes and Red Bull due to a shortage in downforce.
Leclerc’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel is under the spotlight as a consequence of an error he made in Italy, spinning on his own and then colliding with another car when he tried to rejoin the trail.
The four-time champion, who has been out-qualified by the Monaco driver for the last seven races and is now behind his team-mate from the championship, has been supplied a stop-and-go penalty and three points on his license, so he faces a race banning when he commits another major driving offence in the next three grand prix.
Vettel is a four-time winner in Singapore, and said:“Singapore is a track I truly appreciate. It’s a road circuit, and bumpy no room for mistakes and it is one of those races.
„We’ve observed before that anything can happen in this particular race, hence the final result is tough to predict“
Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto explained the team could be taking updates to their automobile to lower their deficit.
Mercedes head into the Singapore weekend as favourites, as their car has been strong on tracks with lots of corners that are slow this past season.
After taking pole position with a few of the laps of his profession lewis Hamilton, who won the race , will be looking to take another step towards his world title.
He enters the weekend of team-mate Valtteri Bottas. The Finn is 36 points clear from Dutchman Max Verstappen within his Red Bull, who is just three in front of Leclerc.
Red Bull are expected to become Mercedes‘ closest rivals in Singapore, where poor air quality as a consequence of fires burning in neighbouring Indonesia is a concern entering a race.
Mercedes F1 manager Toto Wolff said:“For a long time, Singapore was among those weakest monitors, but we have made some inroads to that and performed well this past year.
„But there are no home runs in a track like Singapore: All “ We will need to comprehend this automobile and this season’s tyres to a very particular track layout and require absolutely nothing for granted in our approach to the weekend. We’re looking forward to a difficult battle.“
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