The 2019 Method One World Championship has bid farewell to Europe for the yr and headed over to Asia the place the Singapore Grand Prix is scheduled to happen this weekend.
The race, well-known for being run at night time, is held on a avenue circuit generally known as the Marina Bay Circuit, with visibility solely made potential by a sequence of 1,500 halogen lamps. They shine so brilliant that drivers usually don tinted visors to scale back the glare.
Like Monaco, speeds do not get very excessive on account of Singapore’s quick straights, tight corners and bumpy floor, a mix that nonetheless makes the race one of many trickiest to reach on the very best automotive setup. The great half is that it provides a few of the slower groups a greater probability.
Climate can be problem in Singapore, although the present forecast does not name for any rain all through the weekend. There’s nonetheless sizzling and humid situations to cope with, even into the night time the place the temperatures can attain 104 levels F. That is bodily demanding for the drivers and difficult for the automobiles by way of managing brake and tire temperatures, and compounding this problem is the race’s lengthy two-hour size.
Ferrari on the 2019 Method One Singapore Grand Prix
Pirelli’s tire nominations of the softer C3, C4 and C5 compounds roughly corresponds with the nominations of 2018’s race. One other problem groups might want to concern themselves with is the excessive diploma of monitor evolution in addition to the standard avenue furnishings comparable to manholes and white strains that may alter grip ranges.
After some early observe on Friday, Aston Martin Purple Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen put within the quickest occasions, adopted by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel after which Mercedes-AMG’s Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. For Bottas, his session ended early when an occasion of oversteer noticed him crash into the limitations at flip 19. There was additionally bother for Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc who retired on account of transmission issues.
Going into Saturday’s qualifying session and Sunday’s race, Mercedes-AMG’s Lewis Hamilton leads the 2019 Drivers’ Championship with 284 factors. Bottas is second with 221 factors and Verstappen is third with 185 factors. Within the Constructors’ Championship, Mercedes leads with 505 factors versus the 351 of Ferrari and 266 of Purple Bull. Final yr’s winner in Singapore was Hamilton driving for Mercedes.
In different F1 information, injured driver Robert Kubica has introduced that he’ll depart Williams on the finish of the 2019 season. Haas additionally introduced that it’ll preserve present drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen for the 2020 season.