Is Mercedes Holding Back?
Where Did Red Bull's Pace Go?
Singapore Grand Prix FP3 Additional Notes
Every year there’s always one driver who is victim to turn 22 – and this year Sergio Perez can put his name on the list of captured cars claimed by the infamous Singapore turn. Perez puts his Racing Point into the wall at the 26 minute mark of the Singapore Grand Prix FP3 session and anxiously waits if he’s in need of a new gear box which will likely lead to a grid penalty for him.
Daniel Kvyat also has engine issues but not from an error. Checking his parts list, Kvyat might have a spare with him so if he is to receive a new gear box, it likely won’t come at a penalty.
The Renaults run a qualification simulation and despite Hulkenberg having the best of Ricciardo in the first two sessions, Ricciardo ultimately looks faster in the sim. I expect this to remain true in bonafide qualification session later this evening. slightly edges out Hulkenberg.
Singapore Grand Prix FP3 – What To Watch For In Qualifying
Qualifying more than ever at Singapore is going to be about one lap performance, fuel loads, and track evolution. As with most races, you can never be sure if Mercedes is holding back. But the speculation amongst many journalists covering the data, us included is that to the surprise of most Ferrari have bundled their straight line speed well and managed down force in their upgrades. This points to, in the very least, a much closer battle for pole and ultimately the race win at Singapore. The real questions is, will Red Bull show? They were a favorite coming in and while they aren’t markedly off the pace, they are underperforming to expectations considering the opportunity stemming from the package and aerodynamics of their car.
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