Singapore Grand Prix FP1: 2019 F1 Results & Commentary

Singapore Grand Prix FP1: 2019 F1 Results & Commentary



Singapore Shunt: Valtteri Bottas Puts It Into The Wall

“Lost the rear a bit… my bad.” Valtteri Bottas

Singapore Grand Prix FP1 Analysis

Singapore Grand Prix FP1 kicks off like most free practice sessions in F1; data collection being the name of the game. Gathering track time data and sending back to factories to run simulations. Data feedback is important here and the direction of car depends on sensor information but also both of the driver’s perspective.

Dirty air is your enemy at the Singapore Grand Prix and Ferrari have adjusted their front nose to account just for that. They will also benefit from the breaking news this week that the FIA add third DRS zone to the Singapore street circuit.

Other notable mentions to the session were Leclerc’s gear shifting issue. It’s likely he’ll get it turned around just fine but got it stuck in 4th gear in the middle section. His went back down gears successfully and utlimately ended up shutting it down as he couldn’t progress out of 4th and wound up limping back to the pits.

It was Lando Norris maiden F1 drive at Singapore – learning from Valterri’s mistake, he had an incident at turn 7 but decided ultimately to  run his car straight into the run off instead of try to make the turn. Looking at the onboard, it appeared he felt he was losing the rear and made the consious decision to abort making the turn… good call from the McLaren rookie.

What will be interesting to watch in the oncoming sessions will how tyre management plays out. Make sure you check out our infographic seen to the right and breakdown of the Singapore Grand Prix 2019 Tyre Analysis.

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Lewis Hamilton’s 2018 Qualifying Time – 1:36.015

Fastest time in FP1 by Ricciardo: 1:39.7 

Christian Horner, Team Boss Red Bull Racing

It’s been a solid start.

The circuit is is evolving as it rubbers in…

…Generally it’s a respectable start and for Alex’s first time on the track it’s pretty decent, too.

Singapore Grand Prix FP1 – What To Watch For In FP2

Assuming Leclerc comes back, he’ll have something to prove after being out of the session for so long. He’s a very technical driver so this circuit suits him well. But with Hamilton and Vettel holding a combined 8 wins, he’s up against real veterans of the sport, as always. And as always, I’m sure he’ll be up for the test.

Sainz Jr. recently mentioned how he wasn’t expecting much from the McLaren due to downforce concerns but they are having a solid early showing in P7 & P8.

Watch Nico Hulkenberg in the sessions to come. There’s something magical about watching an incredible talent like Hulkenberg drive like his career depends on it.. frankly, it does. I wouldn’t wish that situation on any driver – but he seems to be responding. Let’s see if he continues this current form as he ends FP1 P6.

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