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2018 Singapore Grand Prix - Preview
10 September 2018
Looking ahead to Round 15 of the 2018 Formula One season, as battle resumes on the streets of Singapore
Toto Talks Singapore
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Toto Talks Singapore
"The result in Italy was a great reward for everyone in the team who has been working tirelessly to improve our performance. We knew that the race in Monza would be another big challenge for us, after the defeat in Spa, but we managed to prevail through a combination of individual skill and fantastic teamwork. However, we also know that we've been strong at Monza in recent years and the track characteristics make the Italian Grand Prix a bit of an outlier.
Singapore Grand Prix Preview
14-16 SEPTEMBER 2018
MARINA BAY STREET CIRCUIT
ROUND 15 OF 21
A rewarding Italian Grand Prix delivered the team’s first double points finish of the year and closes out the European leg of the Formula One season. The pitlane now sets sail for Singapore as the final flyaway races of the year get underway. The tight and tricky Marina Bay Street Circuit presents a real test for man and machine, but when you combine this with Singapore’s hot and humid conditions, as well as the vibrant atmosphere from racing under the lights, means this makes for race you really shouldn’t miss!
For Singapore, Pirelli has made available the soft, ultrasoft and hypersoft tyres.
2018 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX PREVIEW
Daniel Ricciardo “I have learnt to love the challenge of Singapore. For me, the first year I raced there in 2011 was one of the worst races I have been involved in. Physically it was so intense, I just underestimated how hard it would be. I wasn’t in a happy place after that race, it gave me a feeling I never want to experience in a race car again, so I made a promise to myself that I would always come to Singapore over-prepared. In a way this is now something I take pride in; I always get there feeling really sharp and well prepared. I now really like that challenge and I also thrive in the heat. In a strange way, the pain has become pleasure over the years. As everyone knows, I love street circuits. The feeling of driving on the edge, so close to the walls, is something you just can’t get enough of. It’s the original night race and the schedule is always pretty hectic but there is something kind of romantic about going to the track at night and then to bed at four or five in the morning. It’s a place where I also have good races and finish pretty strong. I’ve had four podiums and three second places in a row there, so it’s about time I win the damn thing.”
2018 Italian Grand Prix: Qualifying Report
P8 - ESTEBAN OCON
Esteban: “It was a very close session and I was actually hoping for a bit more than P8 because I think P6 was achievable today. Unfortunately I didn’t maximise the slipstream at the right moment on my final run and that cost me some top speed. Hopefully we can make up those positions tomorrow because our car pace is strong and there should be some overtaking opportunities.”
2018 Formula One Heineken Italian Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday
Weather: FP3: cloudy and light rain, then dry, 18-20°C air, 27-31°C track; Qualifying: cloud/sunny and dry, 20-21°C air, 28-34°C track
It was a challenging Saturday at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza for the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team. The team worked hard to repair Marcus Ericsson’s car and both drivers were back on track this morning. After a promising third free practice session, with Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson setting 9th and 16th fastest times respectively, both drivers headed into qualifying feeling confident of their potential. It was a close fight in the midfield with eight drivers covered by one-tenth of a second. Charles Leclerc missed Q2 by 0.002s, ultimately finishing in P17. Marcus did a great job tackling qualifying after having completed only one full session (FP3). He ultimately finished in P19. Marcus Ericsson will take a ten-place grid penalty for tomorrow’s race due to using the 4th engine following his crash in FP2 on Friday. The team is confident of the race pace and with the field so tight, the opportunity is there for both drivers to fight back at Monza.
ITALIAN GP – QUALIFYING
01 SEPTEMBER 2018
MAX VERSTAPPEN, Position: 5th 1:20.615 (Practice 3 – P5 1:21.388)
“Monza is the most difficult track for us, so fifth was what we expected already before the weekend. It’s quite normal where we are, so it’s not a disappointment, we just tried to do the best Qualifying we could. We can’t really do much more, it’s quite painful how much we lose on the straight, but it is what it is. I noticed a difference with the new engine today, maybe one and a half tenths, it’s a little improvement and at least I’m happy with that but for sure we need much bigger steps to be really competitive. We tried to maximise the result but I am quite far from the guys ahead. I didn’t have a tow in Q3 and even though that wouldn’t have changed the final position, at least it would be a little bit closer. I think the gap to Mercedes and Ferrari is too big to do much tomorrow, but we’ll see what happens. You never know what happens in front of you, you just need to be there. We will have a one-stop strategy, I guess like everyone. I don’t think it really matters what we do, if we stay out long or short, I think we just try to have a clean start and take it from there.”
Italian Grand Prix Qualifying
Lance Stroll qualified 10th and Sergey Sirotkin 12th for the Italian Grand Prix
Both cars qualified on the Pirelli supersoft tyre
In the opening session, both drivers set consistently quicker laptimes, with Sergey P11 and Lance P13 at the end of Q1
Both drivers set one-timed lap each in Q2, with Sergey crossing the line P12 and Lance P8, taking the team into Q3 for the first time in 2018
2018 Formula One Heineken Italian Grand Prix – Practice – Friday
Weather: FP1: cloudy and rainy, 18-20°C air, 21-24°C track; FP2: cloudy and dry, 22-23°C air, 27-30°C track
It was an eventful day at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza ahead of the 2018 FIA Formula One Italian Grand Prix. The first practice session was compromised by heavy rain which made it tricky to drive and only allowed the drivers to complete a few laps. The second practice session took an unfortunate turn when Marcus Ericsson crashed on his second lap at the first chicane due to a problem with his DRS. Fortunately, the Swedish driver was unharmed in the incident and the team is working on fixing his car for tomorrow’s sessions. The same issue was detected on Charles Leclerc’s car and was promptly resolved so that he could continue the session. Leclerc’s top-ten performance in FP2 showed the car’s potential, and the team is positive about the rest of the weekend.
2018 Italian Grand Prix: Practice Report
FP1 1:34.000 P1 18 laps
FP2 1:22.942 P8 32 laps
Sergio: “It was a good day and I am fairly confident about our performance level. Friday times don’t mean much but it’s still nice to finish the morning session as the fastest driver. In the afternoon we worked on our race set-up and we found a very good baseline. I am definitely looking forward to qualifying because we have a good chance to be the best of the rest no matter what the weather does. We were able to run on all compounds and in all conditions, so we are well prepared.”
ITALIAN GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE
31 AUGUST 2018
First Practice Session: 1:35.665 Position: 7, Laps: 10
Second Practice Session: 1:22.154 Position: 5, Laps: 28
“It was alright today, the same conditions for everyone. Luckily we had a dry second practice where we could try a few things. In Qualifying with dry conditions, I think we are too slow, but on the long runs it looks more positive. If it’s going to be enough to really fight, I don’t think so. From the car perspective the behaviour was good so of course I’m happy with that. But this is definitely the worst track for us, I don’t expect any miracles and we will try to make the best of it. I don’t think it’s necessary to go with a different tyre strategy tomorrow as both compounds behaved really well. I don’t expect any problems there and we will just have to try to have the best Qualifying possible. I don’t know yet whether we will use the C-Spec engine tomorrow, we will decide that overnight when we have looked at the data. We just have to keep pushing and try to improve our car and then we will see where we are.”
Italian Grand Prix Practice
Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer: We had a biblical rain storm first thing this morning which meant we didn’t achieve too much in FP1 in the mixed conditions. We got a balance on the wet tyres and checked the rear wing in wet conditions, but all of our normal work needed to be done in FP2. We ran a regular programme but this was also condensed after Ericsson’s accident which brought out the red flag right at the beginning. We still managed to run all three tyre compounds at low fuel across the two cars, and also complete long runs on both cars. The battle to get into Q2 will be quite tight but we remain optimistic that if we do a good job overnight with the set-up and have a good FP3 session, we can get one or both cars into Q2 tomorrow. We’re very happy to see Marcus Ericsson in good shape after such a terrible accident.
Belgian Grand Prix Preview
24-26 AUGUST 2018
ROUND 13 OF 21
The sun sets on summer as we return to the race track following Formula One’s two-week “shutdown”. With five races over six weeks in June and July, teams were rightly rewarded with a fortnight’s rest to recharge before Belgium, host of Round 13. A favourite amongst fans, the Spa-Francorchamps circuit is the longest track of the year, made all-the-more exciting with its ever-changing weather conditions.
Preview – 2018 Formula One Johnnie Walker Belgian Grand Prix
After the two-week Formula One summer break, the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team returns to the race track with a fresh boost of energy and motivation – this time, heading to the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps for the 2018 FIA Formula One Belgian Grand Prix. One of the most famous and popular tracks on the calendar, Spa-Francorchamps offers various challenges to drivers and teams, of which the wide variety of corner types Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc find the most interesting. With often unpredictable weather conditions, this race weekend is one that demands high flexibility from teams in how they manage the ever-changing conditions. The team looks forward to getting back on track for the second half of the season.
2018 Belgian Grand Prix - Preview
Battle continues with Round 13 of the 2018 season from the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Toto Talks Belgium
After five races in six weeks before the summer break, the shutdown came at just the right time. It gave us the opportunity to recharge a little and return energised for what will certainly be a hard-fought second half. Both the Drivers’ and the Constructors’ Championship are extremely tight and I expect it to be a close battle all the way through to Abu Dhabi.
2018 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW
Welcome to the 2018 Belgian Grand Prix Preview.
Please find driver quotes below.