Singapore GP 2017 pre race thread

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  1. DF1

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    Ferrari favourite for Singapore says Lauda

    Niki Lauda has named Ferrari as the favourite to win this weekend's Singapore grand prix.

    That is despite the fact Lewis Hamilton took over the championship lead at Monza last weekend, after humiliating a struggling Ferrari at its home circuit.

    Now, a thrilling title battle between Mercedes' Hamilton and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel is in the offing, with Lauda declaring: "My heart is with Ferrari but my head is with Mercedes."

    The F1 legend, who is among the most famous former Ferrari drivers, is now the chairman and co-owner of the Mercedes team.

    As for his split allegiances, Lauda told Corriere dello Sport newspaper: "It's ok for me.

    "We won at Monza and that was a shame for Ferrari and their important event.

    "But in Singapore maybe Vettel will change things again," the great Austrian said.

    "Many times Ferrari has been faster than Mercedes. At Spa Vettel was very close. Ok, at Monza perhaps a little less, but in my opinion this was due to a mistake in the Ferrari setup.

    "Ferrari will be the favourite in Singapore," Lauda declared, "but on the other hand it is difficult to say who will win. I hope it is Hamilton."

    But if it is Vettel on top, Lauda admits that his 'heart' still beats for the Maranello team.

    "Vettel is a number 1 driver," he said. "His heart is for Ferrari and if the team is competitive, you can't discount him."
     
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    Yes I expect the pendulum to swing back to favour Ferrari and Vettel on this track.
     
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    The Spanish daily 'Marca' is predicting an announcement as early as Wednesday / Thursday.


    "The Japanese company has now accepted it is leaving McLaren to supply Toro Rosso from 2018," said the Spanish daily Marca.

    Many of the actual contracts will apparently be signed in the coming hours and days, ahead of the Singapore grand prix this weekend.

    Honda's McLaren split and deal with Toro Rosso, for instance, "will be made public on Wednesday or Thursday", the same sports newspaper added.

    Marca is following the story closely, as both of F1's Spanish drivers are centrally involved."
     
  6. Bas Jaski

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    Vettel has always been mighty around here so my money is on him. We best hope Mercedes hasn't got a ''sudden cure'' for their problems here though! We need a Ferrari 1-2 here with at least 1 red Bull in between them and the mercs.
     
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  8. DF1

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    This makes sense. To have this data out just before the race...
     
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    As always, if there is ****, Alonso will be right in the center of it!!
     
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    Going to be an exercise in damage control for MB and a chance at a 1-2 win for Ferrari. Expecting Max and the midst of the battle as well. Until lap 5 when his turbo will burst.
     
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    heads-up gents......

    The FIA notes that the track has been resurfaced around Turns 1 and 2, "plus a 100m section after Turn 5."

    Also resurfaced are "some areas between Turns 12 and 13 and a section around Turns 15, 16 and 17." And the pitlane is 27.5cms wider!
     
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    Low speed mechanical traction has upset the W08 apple cart, and especially Lewis as his setup compared to Bottas just doesn't work as well mechanically. With how Singapore is arranged, I can see Lewis finishing relatively poorly with Bottas finishing in front but still behind a couple Ferrari's and a hell-snapping Red Bull in the mix, in front or behind
     
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    Very excited to see both Ricci and Max do well here. Mix our season up a bit with this race!!
     
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    Should be a good one for Macca too if Vandoorne doesn't get any penalties from his broken MGU-K shaft from Monza.
     
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    I've got Dan pencilled n for this one :)
     
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    Steve best analysis Ive seen yet. SKY does do good work. Wish you the best amigo!!
     
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    Merc will swap their drivers though if they're right behind each other.
     
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    absolutely agree Bas
     
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    Indeed

    Malaysia last year is heavy on my mind.

    I love the close WDC fight as long as it is a fight. It'd be a shame if one mechanical DNF determines the outcome again.
     
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    +1
     
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    I have this bad feeling that despite all the Ferrari hype Mercedes or Red Bull will show up here and stick it on the pole
     
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    I know. Was a shame to have that engine let go in Hungary 08 that cost Massa the WDC. :)
     
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    Yes same here...:eek:
     
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    The one consequence of overwhelming power and domination of the sport is mechanical failure. It goes with the territory, outside of actual cheating, haha (How many calories in a gram of oil?). So I have no qualms at all at seeing one or both silver arrows burst a gearbox or pu in a cloud of smoke and sparks, only to let the superior scarlet chassis lead on to victory :D
     
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    Wake up John !!!

    You're still asleep :p

    But I like your dream :D
     
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    Lewis does not have a stellar record here so far,Vettel should be favourite,and then there is Max who surely must have a change of luck soon?
     
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    https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/131785/fia-clamps-down-on-singapore-corner-cutting

    The FIA will take a no-nonsense approach to Formula 1 drivers abusing track limits at the first sequence of corners at the Singapore Grand Prix.

    Cutting inside the apex at Turn 2 as the track turns to the right gives drivers a clear benefit, so the FIA has moved to deter anyone from trying to gain an advantage this way.

    In the pre-event note sent to teams on Thursday, the FIA revealed a cone has been situated further down the run-off area on the outside of the complex.

    F1 race director Charlie Whiting wrote: "Any driver who fails to negotiate Turn 2 by using the track, and who passes completely to the right of the orange kerb element, must keep to the right of the red and white polystyrene block and rejoin the track on the outside of Turn 3."
     
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    2017 Singapore Grand Prix | Virtual Circuit Guide

     
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    Ferrari introduce new engine cover for Singapore....bulge in the fin upper area

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    Pirelli chief tips Ferrari to win in Singapore


    Sebastian Vettel could reclaim his lead of the world championship this weekend in Singapore.

    That is the view of Marco Tronchetti Provera, who is the CEO of F1's official tyre supplier Pirelli.

    The Italian admits that although Pirelli remains neutral, he is happy Ferrari has caught up with world champions Mercedes this year.

    "Ferrari not only closed the gap but has also proved able to beat Mercedes," he told Italy's Sky.

    "Ferrari is faster at city circuits where the top speed is lower, while Mercedes has a small advantage when the speeds are higher.

    "So I think Ferrari can do a nice race in Singapore," Tronchetti Provera added.

    He also said F1's new owners Liberty Media are doing a good job, with Chase Carey having taken over from long-time supremo Bernie Ecclestone.

    "Ecclestone did extraordinary things," he said. "Without him there would be no Liberty Media or formula one.

    "But the new owners have great marketing experience and can do great things, especially in terms of new media," Tronchetti Provera said.
     
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    Can't stress enough how much we need to win this. Want the red bulls to do better than the mercs, but not better than us !
     
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    Hopefully making room for some more horsepower to get tucked in under there.
     
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    The bulge in the fin exits the back for cooling purposes. Mercedes had a similar solution only it exited the top of the fin in an elongated oval
     
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    This is going to be a very strong race for Ferarri and Redbull, with Hamilton possibly 6th here. I hope Vettel's PU blows up so Hamilton can retain the lead of the championship, or both Redbulls finish ahead of Vettel to keep the gap manageable for Malaysia which is a Merc track.
     
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    Ummmm....I think you're on the wrong forum.
     
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    off-topic: DF1 your avatar is not showing up can you please re upload something cheers :eek:
     
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