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 past two races in Belgium and Italy, states his Ferrari team are anticipating a“harder weekend“ at Singapore.
The very first of races which stay this season, the south-east Asian street track, is not expected to suit Ferrari’s car.
„The race in Singapore doesn’t seem as great on paper for people,“ said Leclerc.
„That is because of the very various circuit layout, with lots of slow corners and much even fewer straights.“
The Leclerc broke Ferrari’s victory duck this year along with his 2 wins in Spa and Monza, circuits where speed and motor operation are the characteristics in determining lap time.
Singapore’s Marina Bay Circuit includes 21 corners, where Ferrari’s performance was lacking in contrast to Mercedes and Red Bull because of a shortage in aerodynamic downforce, and is so forth and tight.
Leclerc’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel is under the spotlight as a consequence of an error he made in Italy, when he tried to rejoin the track, colliding with another car and then spinning on his very own.
The four-time winner, that has been out-qualified from the Monaco driver for the last seven races and is currently behind his team-mate from the tournament, was supplied a stop-and-go penalty and three points on his license, so he faces a race banning when he commits another important driving offence at the subsequent three grand prix.
Vettel is a four-time winner in Singapore, also stated :“Singapore is a track I really enjoy. It is a street circuit, with and bumpy no room for errors and it is one of those few races.
„We have seen before that anything could happen in this particular race, hence the last result is tough to predict.“
Ferrari team manager Mattia Binotto stated the team could be taking updates to their own car to Singapore in an effort to reduce their deficit.
As their car has been strong on paths with plenty of corners this past season, mercedes head into the Singapore weekend as favourites.
Lewis Hamilton, who won the race after taking pole position using a few of the laps of his livelihood, will look to take another step towards his domain.
He enters the weekend 65 points clear from team-mate Valtteri Bottas. The Finn is 36 points clear of Dutchman Max Verstappen in his Red Bull, who is just three in front of Leclerc.
Red Bull are anticipated to function as Mercedes‘ closest competitions in Singapore, in which air quality as a result of fires burning in neighbouring Indonesia is an issue going into a race famous as the most demanding of the season due to the warm and humid tropical climate.
Mercedes F1 manager Toto Wolff said:“For quite a while, Singapore used to be one of our weakest paths, but we’ve made some inroads to that and played well this past year.
„However, there are no home runs in a track like Singapore: All we will need to comprehend this automobile and this year’s tyres on a very special track design and require absolutely nothing for granted in our strategy into the weekend. We’re excited about a tough battle.“
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