It’s been some time since Method 1 raced in Singapore. So much has modified. When the collection was final on the Marina Bay Road 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 fulfill Esteban Ocon, Mick Schumacher, Yuki Tsunado, Nicholas Latifi, or Zhou Guanyu.
The Singapore Grand Prix is a spectacle. Underneath the lights, sparks fly because the F1 vehicles flash over a bumpy circuit, it even includes a portion of the circuit that may go below a grandstand. Even when each titles look all however confirmed, the thrill of being again on the Marina Bay Road Circuit and the intrigue all through the remainder of the grid will carry the burden this weekend.
So much 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 data and IndyCar’s Colton Herta was denied an exemption on his Tremendous License to drive for AlphaTauri subsequent season. Alex Albon is anticipated 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 depart a Grand Prix weekend with the championship determined. Max Verstappen’s (335) consistency on monitor and in probably the most dominant automobile 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 attention-grabbing battle to observe is from second (Leclerc) again to fifth the place Lewis Hamilton is barely 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 vehicles, Ferrari (406) would wish an unbelievable finish to the season with a view to overtake Pink Bull. Mercedes (371) is simply 35 factors behind the Italians.
The Marina Bay Road Circuit debuted in 2008 as the primary Method 1 evening race. Whereas there are three DRS zones, the dearth 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 vibrant lights will dominate the motion and certain declare a couple of vehicles in warning earlier than the evening ends. Look ahead to late lunges and drivers trying to below break as they search for moments to overhaul.
How To Watch (all instances ET)
- Apply 1 – Friday 9/30 – 5:55 am – ESPN2/ESPN Deportes/WatchESPN
- Apply 2 – Friday 9/30 – 9:00 am – ESPNU/ESPN Deportes/WatchESPN
- Singapore GP Preview Present: Friday 9/30 – 10:15 am – ESPN3/WatchESPN
- Apply 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 received 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 Road 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 (high ten) twice within the final 4 rounds, each Pierre Gasly (+130) and Sebastian Vettel (+125) have favorable odds to proceed that type.
What to Watch For
- There was some extent within the season the place, even when for a second, Sergio Perez gave the impression to be within the battle for the World Championship. The win in Monaco lifted him into competition and the dialog. Since then he has had three second-place finishes and is over 100 factors behind his teammate, Max Verstappen. With Singapore generally known as ‘two Monacos put collectively’ or a barely sooner Monaco, can Perez recapture a few of that type we noticed within the opening half of the season?
- Regardless of visiting a number of circuits deemed ‘Ferrari tracks’, the Italian workforce has solely had a single one-two end – Bahrain, the opening spherical. Singapore as soon as once more must be a monitor 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 automobile struggled to maintain tempo. Ending fifth and eighth, Hamilton ended the day behind each an Alpine and a McLaren. Since then the automobile has proven indicators of enchancment, even in monitor particular, and Mercedes claims they’ve discovered loads since Monaco. This weekend will likely be a very good check to judge that progress on a circuit that has been to their detriment to date 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 with out a seat subsequent season. Add within the debut of Nyck de Vries final outing, rumors of Pierre Gasly exiting AlphaTauri for Alpine, and a handful of proficient Method 2 drivers, and there may be 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 monitor 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 speeding again? It must be famous that each Nyck de Vries and Logan Sargent are available in Singapore.