Singapore GP racing: Opening Asia under the shimmering lights

Young driver Charles Leclerc and the famous Ferrari team had a dramatic victory against the reigning champion Hamilton of Mercedes at the Monza race.

With two straight-field victories, the #16 driver lit the double runner-up opportunity for Ferrari this season, despite the bobbing performance of his fellow team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

The 15th leg of the season hosts the island nation of Singapore. This is considered a traditional night race running on the bustling streets shimmering lights in Singapore by Marina Bay.

The first Singapore GP took place in 2008, the year that Ferrari’s Massa racer won the pole but the winner of this race was Alonso of Renault (two years later in 2010, Alonso replaced Raikkonen as a Massa teammate in Ferrari). According to information from the moderator of the Formula 1 tournament, Singapore GP will have 2 seasons held under the contract signed until 2021.

As a street race, the track is set based on traffic around the bay, the Marina Bay Street Circuit has a total length of 5,065 km including 13 left and 10 right corners. The riders completed a total of 61 laps with a total journey of 308,828 km in a counter-clockwise direction. In contrast to the high-speed Monza, the track in Singapore has the lowest entry speed, largely because of the use of narrow streets.

So this is a race with a total time of approximately 2 hours, last year is the shortest Singapore GP race with the time of Lewis Hamilton winner 1 hour 51 minutes 11,611 seconds. In order to have a perfect lap, the F1 car must be set high downforce so that the car in and out of the car can still keep up the necessary speed.

Engine (gearbox), brakes, suspension, the cooling system will be the top concern of the engineering team. The record for 1 round was set in 2018 with the achievement of Lewis Hamilton, 1 minute 36,015, improved over 10 seconds compared to the first years playing here. It is truly impressive development of the ability of F1 cars to be able to do.

Pirelli specifies Soft (C5, red) – Medium (C4, yellow) – Hard (C3, white) tires. The drivers and teams prepare their own tactics according to the list of selected tires.

With the current stormy weather in Southeast Asia, rain tires will be provided for this race by default. The track has 2 DRS segments on the two longest lines at this track, one is the line going through the starting/destination line (the point specified in front of crabs 22) and the other is in the middle of the 5-7 lane (the point of determination) 4). This year the track has one more DRS zone (bringing the total number of DRS zones to 3) located in the straight line between crabs 13-14 with the point located behind crab 12 to improve the ability to overtake the race.

However, overtaking each other in Singapore is considered by the riders to be “not easy to eat” when competing, so the ranking results on Saturday almost determine 100% of the final result of the race. In the past, Hamilton and Vettel both won 4 stages here. Two other champions, Alonso 2 (2008, 2010) and Rosberg 1 (2016), both have left the tournament.

Distinctive by the overall score with the team chasing nearly the total victory of four races, Lewis Hamilton will almost successfully defend the championship in the 2019 season, raising his personal achievements to six times the world champion after the legendary with 7 times world champion Michael Schumacher.

However, once Ferrari has truly revived, plus Red Bull’s determination to lose nothing, finding the glory in the remaining 7 races of the #44 racer season and the “Silver Arrow” appears not as simple as the monopoly seasons are over. This will be interesting for the fans of Formula 1 to follow up to the last race this season.