2017 Singapore Grand Prix – Preview

Battle continues with Round 14 of the 2017 season from the Marina Bay Street Circuit

  • Toto Talks Singapore
  • Stat Attack: Singapore and Beyond

Toto Talks Singapore

Identifying clearly our strengths and our weaknesses has been a strength of our team in recent seasons. As we have pushed to become better and stronger in every area, we have put the finger in the wound in order to understand the root causes of both our good performances and the bad ones. In 2015, Singapore provided us with one of the most painful experiences in recent seasons, so we rolled up the sleeves, learned from it and managed to bounce back with a great win last year. But notwithstanding that success, this is a circuit we have found difficult to master with its combination of short, sharp corners, relatively short straights and bumpy surface. And we head to Asia this time round with the expectation that we have a big challenge ahead of us.

So far this year, we have seen the pendulum swing according to circuit type. On the surface, Singapore is the kind of circuit that should favour both Ferrari and Red Bull. Both have shown strong performance on low-speed circuits demanding maximum downforce, and we have found life more difficult at those places in 2017. Sometimes, characteristics like this are simply in the DNA of a car. Nevertheless we learned a lot from our struggles in Monaco, raised our level of performance significantly in Hungary and we have made good progress in understanding what we need to do in order to get the most from the chassis.

Singapore is a fantastic showcase for our sport and a unique spectacle under the lights. But it’s a demanding weekend for the teams: the ambient conditions make life in the garage tough, it’s physically demanding for the drivers and challenging for the cars in terms of managing brake and tyre temperatures. Safety Car periods are almost guaranteed, so there are lots of variables to consider on strategy. It’s a weekend when every part of the team needs to be at its best if you wish to score a strong finish. We will aim to put all the pieces of the puzzle together and finish strongly.

Stat Attack: Singapore and Beyond

2017 Singapore Grand Prix Timetable

Session   Local Time (SGT)   Brackley (BST)   Stuttgart (CEST)
Practice 1 (Friday)   16:30 – 18:00   09:30 – 11:00   10:30 – 12:00
Practice 2 (Friday)   20:30 – 22:00   13:30 – 15:00   14:30 – 16:00
Practice 3 (Saturday)   18:00 – 19:00   11:00 – 12:00   12:00 – 13:00
Qualifying (Saturday)   21:00 – 22:00   14:00 – 15:00   15:00 – 16:00
Race (Sunday)   20:00 – 22:00   13:00 – 15:00   14:00 – 16:00

Circuit Records – Silver Arrows at the Marina Bay Street Circuit

    Starts   Wins   Podium Places   Poles   Front Row   Fastest Laps   DNF
Silver Arrows   7   2   3   2   4   1   4
L. Hamilton   9   2   4   3   4   1   3
V. Bottas   4   0   0   0   0   0   1
MB Power   9   3   7   4   7   3   13

Technical Stats – Season to Date (Barcelona Pre-Season Test 1 to Present)

    Laps Completed   Distance Covered (km)   Corners Taken   Gear Changes   PETRONAS Fuel Injections
Silver Arrows   5,607   27,844   87,780   265,917   224,280,000
L. Hamilton   2,715   13,474   42,390   128,571   108,600,000
V. Bottas   2,892   14,370   45,390   137,346   115,680,000
MB Power   15,832   78,902   247,490   751,707   633,280,000

All-Time Records – Silver Arrows in Formula One

    Starts   Wins   Podium Places   Poles   Front Row   Fastest Laps   1-2 Wins   Front Row Lockouts
Silver Arrows   161   72   145   83   150   53   39   49
Lewis Hamilton   201   59   112   69   114   37   N/A   N/A
Valtteri Bottas   106   2   18   2   6   1   N/A   N/A
MB Power   432   158   412   166   330   148   64   85