Four-time Singapore Grand Prix champion Lewis Hamilton is optimistic about his performance in the upcoming race. He thinks that Mercedes‘ high-downforce package – which worked superbly in Hungary where he seized the pole position in July – will pull through once again on the high downforce terrain of Singapore.
“We are generally a little bit better with our high downforce wing,” revealed Hamilton post the Monza race, indicating that the coming event might not be as challenging as the Italian race. He continued, “So I hope I’m right.”
Toto Wolff, the team boss of Mercedes, resonates with Hamilton’s positive outlook. He further emphasized the need to perform to the best of their ability at the Singapore weekend and strive to extract optimum results.
In an interesting twist, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez harbored less optimistic viewpoints. Despite their dominant performance in recent venues, both drivers feel the street event in Singapore may pose more of a challenge. Verstappen, a first-time victor hopeful, confessed that Singapore might not be the most conducive circuit for the RB19. “It’s not, let’s say, going to be the strongest weekend for us.”
Street track ace and last year’s victor, Perez, shared similar sentiments, acknowledging that upcoming weekend could be hard on Red Bull. He conveyed, “hopefully we are able to have a very strong Saturday, because if you don’t start on the front row, it’s very unlikely that you will have a shot at the victory.”
On the other hand, 2008 and 2010 Singapore champion Fernando Alonso seemed noncommittal about his first possible win with Aston Martin team. Despite the team’s remarkable performance at high-downforce venues this season, the notoriously tough Singapore track, dominated by Red Bull, may not yield victory.
Comparing the upcoming event to past street circuits, Alonso concluded, “In Monaco, Alpine was very strong with Esteban [Ocon] with P3 in qualifying and the race, and in Baku it was Ferrari dominating with Leclerc on pole position, so let’s see in Singapore.”