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The importance of qualifying in Singapore

Qualifying may be the most important session of the weekend because of the narrowness of the circuit.

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The importance of qualifying in Singapore
Fuente imagen: Jerry André - MotorLat

The Singapore Grand Prix will take place this weekend in Marina Bay. The last third of the season is here and the European races are done. It’s time to go to Asia and America so we can decide who will be the 2019 champion. We know that the Singapore Grand Prix is one of the most challenging races of all the season because of the high temperatures and it is an urban circuit. Just like Baku or Monaco, you must take your car to the absolute limit if you want to get a good lap but, a little mistake can make you crash into the barrier and your session is over.

Like in all the urban circuits, qualifying is maybe the most important session of all over the weekend, why? Because of the narrowness and that makes overtaking very difficult. Even thought it is a very demanding track, it is one of the favourites of the drivers, for example Max Verstappen. Max finished on P2 last year only behind of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.

“You have a lot of corners that are a mix of high and low speed, plus some medium speed corners that have little run-off, so it’s a very diverse circuit and I’m looking forward to going back there.” Said the Dutchman.

Red Bull doesn’t have a very powerful engine, but Singapore is a great opportunity for the Austrian team because it is an aerodynamic track. Ferrari’s strength is the long straights because of their engine but Marina Bay doesn’t have big straights. Mercedes and Red Bull will fight for the win because both cars have a good chassis and they are aerodynamically efficient.

“It’s a race where we tend to do better than say, Monza and Spa and hopefully we can have another good weekend. Overtaking is very tricky, so qualifying is the key; you have to nail it!” Added the Red Bull driver.

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