Formula 1 takes a brief trip to Singapore before coming back to Russia for the last European Grand Prix of the season.
Monza has been a beautiful celebration for the Tifosi thanks to Charles Leclerc victory, but it is now time for the second slowest GP of the year: the Singapore Grand Prix.
Glamorous like Monaco, all race sessions take place during night time, gifting the fans with a wonderful show made of lights and reflections.
The 5 km street circuit is made of 23 corners, a record in the Formula 1 calendar, a low grip circuit which requires high downforce.
Pirelli, the Italian tyres manufacturer, has selected the softest compounds available for this race: the C3 as hard (white), the C4 as medium (yellow) and the C5 as soft (red).
Last year Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won with a single-stop hypersoft-soft strategy, but ther race saw several pit stop strategies. this variety is helped by Safety Cars too: Singapore has, in his history, a 100% Safety Car record, so it is important to exploit every opportunity on this circuit and be ready to react.
“It is hard to think of a bigger contrast to Monza than Singapore, so the teams will have a significant reset as we head into the final long-haul leg of the season." Said Mario Isola, Pirelli's Head of Car Racing. "The unique challenges of Singapore are quite well known to them though, so they will have a good idea what to expect as they dial themselves into the track on Friday. We’ve seen in the past that there is scope to vary the strategy, and with overtaking quite tricky at Marina Bay, teams will be carefully assessing the ways in which they could potentially take advantage of strategy to move up the order. Especially considering the very high likelihood of safety cars there, which can change the complexion of a race. It is going to be interesting to see if anyone tries to qualify on the medium rather than the soft, to add flexibility to the strategy, given all the variables. There are some quite different tyre choices among the drivers, so we might see some alternative approaches”.
Here are the tyres nomination per driver fot the Singapore Grand Prix.