It’s been some time since Components 1 raced in Singapore. Quite a bit has modified. When the collection was final on the Marina Bay Avenue Circuit Ferrari had a 1-2 with Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc. Alex Albon, driving for Pink Bull, completed sixth. Nico Hülkenberg was the highest driver on the day for Renault (now Alpine) forward of his teammate Daniel Ricciardo. Antonio Giovinazzi was within the factors and we had but to satisfy Esteban Ocon, Mick Schumacher, Yuki Tsunado, Nicholas Latifi, or Zhou Guanyu.
The Singapore Grand Prix is a spectacle. Beneath the lights, sparks fly because the F1 automobiles flash over a bumpy circuit, it even includes a portion of the circuit that may go underneath a grandstand. Even when each titles look all however confirmed, the joy of being again on the Marina Bay Avenue Circuit and the intrigue all through the remainder of the grid will carry the load this weekend.
Quite a bit has occurred since we left the Italian Grand Prix. F1 introduced a 24-race schedule for 2023, AlphaTauri and Alfa Romeo confirmed that Yuki Tsunoda and Zhou Guanyu will return subsequent season, and Williams introduced the departure of Nicholas Latifi. ESPN continues to interrupt F1 TV ranking information and IndyCar’s Colton Herta was denied an exemption on his Tremendous License to drive for AlphaTauri subsequent season. Alex Albon is predicted to make his return this weekend (extra on that later), however first a have a look at each Championships heading into the weekend.
The place Issues Stand
For the primary time this season F1 might go away a Grand Prix weekend with the championship determined. Max Verstappen’s (335) consistency on observe and in essentially the most dominant automotive on the grid have lifted him to a 116-point lead over Charles Leclerc (219). Verstappen would wish to win on Sunday to have an opportunity at securing the title. If he wins and has the quickest lap, he wins the title if Leclerc finishes eighth or decrease and Sergio Perez (210) finishes 4th or decrease. If Verstappen wins however doesn’t have the quickest lap, he can win the title if Leclerc finishes ninth or decrease and Perez finishes 4th or decrease. Regardless, Verstappen is aware of he merely wants to attain factors over the following two weekends to clinch his second title.
The way more fascinating battle to look at is from second (Leclerc) again to fifth the place Lewis Hamilton is just 51 factors behind.
Pink Bull (545) enter the Asian double-header with a 139-point benefit. Whereas there are way more factors at play when contemplating each automobiles, Ferrari (406) would wish an unbelievable finish to the season with the intention to overtake Pink Bull. Mercedes (371) is simply 35 factors behind the Italians.
The Marina Bay Avenue Circuit debuted in 2008 as the primary Components 1 night time race. Whereas there are three DRS zones, the shortage of lengthy straights limits its effectiveness in comparison with different tracks on the calendar. As a substitute, the 23 turns, tight corners, shut partitions, and vivid lights will dominate the motion and sure declare a number of automobiles in warning earlier than the night time ends. Look ahead to late lunges and drivers making an attempt to underneath break as they search for moments to overhaul.
How To Watch (all instances ET)
- Observe 1 – Friday 9/30 – 5:55 am – ESPN2/ESPN Deportes/WatchESPN
- Observe 2 – Friday 9/30 – 9:00 am – ESPNU/ESPN Deportes/WatchESPN
- Singapore GP Preview Present: Friday 9/30 – 10:15 am – ESPN3/WatchESPN
- Observe 3 – Saturday 10/1 – 5:55 am – ESPN2/ESPN Deportes/WatchESPN
- Qualifying – Saturday 10/1 – 8:55 am – ESPN2/ESPN Deportes/WatchESPN
- Grand Prix Sunday (Pre-race Present) – Sunday 10/2 – 6:30 am – ESPN2/ESPN Deportes/WatchESPN
- Grand Prix Race – Sunday 10/2 – 7:55 am – ESPN2/ESPN Deportes/WatchESPN
DraftKings Sportsbook is providing odds on the race. Max Verstappen (-190) stays the favourite regardless of having by no means gained in Singapore earlier than. He’s adopted by Charles Leclerc (+450) and Lewis Hamilton (+850), in what could be Hamilton’s first win of the season. Given the unpredictable nature of the Marina Bay Avenue Circuit, there are some nice odds for shock podium finishes together with Lando Norris (+850), Fernando Alonso (+2200), and Esteban Ocon (+3500). After ending within the factors (prime ten) twice within the final 4 rounds, each Pierre Gasly (+130) and Sebastian Vettel (+125) have favorable odds to proceed that kind.
What to Watch For
- There was some extent within the season the place, even when for a second, Sergio Perez seemed to be within the battle for the World Championship. The win in Monaco lifted him into rivalry and the dialog. Since then he has had three second-place finishes and is over 100 factors behind his teammate, Max Verstappen. With Singapore typically known as ‘two Monacos put collectively’ or a barely quicker Monaco, can Perez recapture a few of that kind we noticed within the opening half of the season?
- Regardless of visiting a number of circuits deemed ‘Ferrari tracks’, the Italian crew has solely had a single one-two end – Bahrain, the opening spherical. Singapore as soon as once more needs to be a observe that favors Ferrari. Even when each titles appear out of attain can they ship a flawless weekend?
- Monaco was precisely what Mercedes wanted to keep away from within the early a part of the season and their automotive struggled to maintain tempo. Ending fifth and eighth, Hamilton ended the day behind each an Alpine and a McLaren. Since then the automotive has proven indicators of enchancment, even in observe particular, and Mercedes claims they’ve realized so much since Monaco. This weekend might be a very good take a look at to guage that progress on a circuit that has been to their detriment thus far this season.
- The Driver Market. Three seats stay confirmed (on the time of writing) – Alpine, Haas, and Williams. Daniel Ricciardo and Mick Schumacher are the 2 present drivers nonetheless and not using a seat subsequent season. Add within the debut of Nyck de Vries final day trip, rumors of Pierre Gasly exiting AlphaTauri for Alpine, and a handful of gifted Components 2 drivers, and there’s loads of intrigue because the season winds down. Who lands a spot in F1’s model of musical chairs?
- Earlier than the Italian Grand Prix, Alex Albon was rushed to the hospital with appendicitis. Following the process, he suffered respiratory failure. Now simply two weeks later he has flown to Singapore with the intention of driving. Singapore is notoriously a tough observe on the physique, each from the warmth and the abuse it takes going over the bumps at excessive speeds. With Albon’s seat secured for subsequent season, is it price dashing again? It needs to be famous that each Nyck de Vries and Logan Sargent are readily available in Singapore.