Back to the gripping world of Formula One this Friday, ahead of the dazzling, night-time, Singapore Grand Prix at the weekend on the challenging Marina Bay street circuit. With Formula 1 in the news again this week, regarding the likely takeover by US firm Liberty Media for £3.3bn, we have taken our attention back to the Championship and its drivers to have a look at what’s in store this weekend.
With claims from many drivers that it is the most difficult circuit of the entire calendar, the Marina Bay night race is set to be enthralling and not one to miss!
First, a quick rewind to a fortnight ago in Monza at the Italian Grand Prix, with formidable leaders Mercedes finishing in 1st and 2nd and Ferrari 3rd and 4th. A poor start from pole position Lewis Hamilton lead him to a wobblier race than hoped, resulting in victory for Nico Rosberg for the 8th time this season. Vettel and Räikkönen took 3rd and 4th respectively for Ferrari, just pushing Ricciardo into 5th for Red Bull and Williams’ Bottas into 6th place. Despite this, I’m sure Valtteri Bottas won’t be in bad spirits from this result after his wedding last weekend to Olympian wife Emilia. Congratulations to them both and what a great weekend off before the Singapore GP!
Whilst Monza wasn’t an overly eventful race itself, the most notable moments happened off of the track. Felipe Massa announced his retirement from F1, after over 14 years in the sport, with his final and 250th race in Abu Dhabi in November. Canadian teenager Lance Stroll is the leading contender to replace Massa for the 2017 season. Furthermore, Jenson Button announced he will be going on sabbatical for the 2017 season while still being under contract by McLaren until 2018. Lots to take in before this weekend’s race!
Back to Marina Bay news, the home of Formula One night racing is looking to be a event and some words from the British drivers confirm the uneasy track they face. Jenson Button in an interview described the street track as “unlike any other we face in the season”. Additionally, Lewis Hamilton who is currently 1st in the overall drivers’ standings tells that “it’s not going to be an easy breezy drive”. Hamilton didn’t race as well as hoped in Monza two weeks ago, and finished out of the top 15 in last year’s Singapore GP. With this in mind, it’s fair to question - will he maintain his lead?
With Mercedes winning 13/14 of this season's races, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg head into the Singapore Grand Prix in excellent position. We'll certainly be watching!
Have a fabulous weekend, all!