Formula 1 returns to the spotlight in Singapore this weekend as Red Bull aims to continue its unbeaten run this season.
The Marina Bay night race is renowned for being one of the toughest races on the grid due to the physical exertion it places on drivers.
Street circuits are often more mentally taxing for drivers, but Singapore’s humidity and lack of long straights remove any window of respite – Lewis Hamilton and his colleagues lost up to three kilos of body weight due to the sweat during the two hour race.
It would make the situation even more impressive if reigning two-time world champion Max Verstappen continues his winning streak here.
Verstappen claimed a historic tenth consecutive victory in Italy last time out, with Red Bull on an unbeaten run by taking the checkered flag in 2023.
But he will have to do it from 11th place after a fall to P2.
Carlos Sainz will start on pole after a brilliant performance ahead of George Russell and Charles Leclerc.
And Verstappen has already written off his chances of winning this weekend.
Speaking after qualifying, he said: “Yes, we can forget about (coming back to win).
“I don’t want this to sound too dramatic, but it was a very difficult weekend.
“Today’s qualifying was definitely (the worst in) a long, long time. You can’t pass. On other tracks you can start last and win the race. Not here.”
So it seems that the Dutchman’s winning streak is over.
Singapore Grand Prix: UK start date and time
The race weekend at the Marina Bay Street Circuit is scheduled to take place from Friday September 15 to Sunday September 17.
Practice will begin on Friday at 10:30am UK time, with the second practice starting at 2:00pm the same day.
The third practice session will kick off Saturday’s action at 10:30 a.m. Saturday before qualifying begins at 2 p.m.
Light’s Out for the race will take place on Sunday at 1pm UK time.
Singapore Grand Prix: TV channel and live broadcast
The race weekend will be broadcast live on Sky Sports F1.
Coverage of the race is scheduled to begin Sunday at 11:30 a.m.
Sky Sports customers can stream this live through the app using their mobile devices, tablets or computers.
You can also buy a Sky Sports Day Pass from NowTV for £11.98 while Channel Four will show the highlights later in the evening.
Fern Buckley will also have updates on the Singapore Grand Prix live on talkSPORT.
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Singapore Grand Prix: starting grid
- Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
- George Russell, Mercedes
- Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
- Lando Norris, McLaren-Mercedes
- Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
- Kevin Magnussen, Haas-Ferrari
- Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin-Mercedes
- Esteban Ocon, Alpine-Renault
- Nico Hülkenberg, Haas-Ferrari
- Liam Lawson, AlphaTauri-Honda RBPT
- Max Verstappen, Red Bull-Honda RBPT
- Pierre Gasly, Alpine-Renault
- Sergio Pérez, Red Bull-Honda RBPT
- Alexandre Albon, Williams-Mercedes
- Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri-Honda RBPT
- Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo-Ferrari
- Oscar Piastri, McLaren-Mercedes
- Logan Sargeant, Williams-Mercedes
- Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo-Ferrari
- Lance Stroll, Aston Martin-Mercedes
Singapore grand prix: What was said?
Verstappen admitted he was worried the Singapore circuit might not be the most ideal track to extend his winning streak.
The Marina Bay Street circuit is one of the few on the grid where the Dutchman has yet to take victory.
“It’s a little more difficult, I think, for us,” he said.
“But we’ll see.” We will do our best and, of course, we will try to go there and win again.
“But it won’t be, let’s say, the strongest weekend for us.”
Singapore Grand Prix: driver rankings
Driver / Car / Points
- Max Verstappen / Red Bull Racing / 364
- Sergio Pérez / Red Bull Racing / 219
- Fernando Alonso / Aston Martin / 170
- Lewis Hamilton / Mercedes / 164
- Carlos Sainz / Ferrari / 117
- Charles Leclerc / Ferrari / 111
- George Russell / Mercedes / 109
- Lando Norris / McLaren / 79
- Lance Drive / Aston Martin / 47
- Pierre Gasly / Alpine / 37
- Esteban Ocon / Alpine / 36
- Oscar Piastri / McLaren / 36
- Alexandre Albon / Williams / 21
- Nico Hülkenberg / Haas / 9
- Valtteri Bottas / Alfa Romeo / 6
- Zhou Guanyu / Alfa Romeo / 4
- Yuki Tsounda / Alphatauri / 3
- Kevin Magnussen / Haas / 2
- Logan Sargeant / Williams / 0
- Daniel Ricciardo / Alphatauri / 0
- Liam Lawson / Alphatauri / 0
- Nyck De Vries / Alphatauri / 0OUT
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