Ferrari and Red Bull have upper hand for F1 Singapore GP

Ferrari and Red Bull have upper hand for F1 Singapore GP

Who will be in the leader heading into Malaysia?

With all the drama off the track between the sessions, it was back to normality as the cars hit the streets of Singapore for second practice. The action will be hot on the track...literally. The anticipated temperatures in Singapore reaching 86 degrees Fahrenheit with 86% of humidity at the time of the race.

Two months on and Mercedes, armed with lots more knowledge about what had now become a more controllable W08, were more of a threat on the twisty Hungaroring, but Ferrari still finished in formation at the front despite steering problems for Sebastian Vettel making the race a closer run thing than it probably would have been. And he won them to move three points ahead of Vettel in a thrilling title contest.

It had rained earlier in the day in Singapore, and although the track had largely dried by the time the session began, some damp patches still remained, adding an extra challenge for the drivers. Fernando Alonso (2008, 2010), Vettel (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015), Hamilton (2009, 2014), Rosberg (2016).

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes goes into the weekend with the points lead, however, it is Sebastian Vettel and his Ferrari that are considered the auto to beat. But Vettel, who with four wins is also the most successful driver at Singapore, played down the "favourites" tag. The main question of the weekend will be which driver finishes ahead of the other and takes the points lead to Malaysia.

Decked out in weather-appropriate denim cut-offs and high-tops accessorised with a flashy gold chain, the British superstar may be sweating under his designer gear in Singapore, but he is keeping ice cool as the title race heats up here at this weekend's 2017 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver is coming off a 4th place in Italy following a 3rd place finish at Spa.

After dismal performances in several races this season, most notably the Italian Grand Prix, Red Bull team principal, Christian Horner announced that he would be putting new engines in the auto.


Lastly, it is time for this weekend's underdog.

Team-mate Valtteri Bottas had more trouble getting into a rhythm and found himself over a second slower than Ricciardo down in P4.

"I go and approach it with a real positive mind-set that we are going to be fighting for a win but if that's not the case when we get there we'll just take it at face value and try to get damage limitation".

As we have seen throughout this calendar, there can be no questions over the Finn's commitment to the cause, whereas across the paddock, Kimi Raikkonen has shown signs of frustration in being forced to tow the party line.

Vettel has led 221 laps in Singapore to Hamilton's 135.

With Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly in the frame for Sainz's vacant Toro Rosso seat, Sunday's race in Singapore could mark Palmer's last in the sport.

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