Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
Science | By Boyd Webster

Singapore Grand Prix Preview: Vettel goes in pursuit of Hamilton

Singapore Grand Prix Preview: Vettel goes in pursuit of Hamilton

However, Vettel, who is the most successful F1 driver at the Singapore GP with four wins, insists it will still be a close fight for the top of the podium, and refused to rule Mercedes out of the running for the chequered flag.

"On the surface, Singapore is the kind of circuit that should favour both Ferrari and Red Bull".

"You're never going to be 100 percent happy, even if you win or finish one-two, you always find things to improve and do better".

Hamilton became the first back-to-back race victor in 2017 by sweeping the final two European races of the season at Spa and Monza, moving into the lead of the drivers' standings for the first time this year in the process.

"I definitely feel like I have found more heart and passion within myself in the last three or four races", he said at Monza.

Whilst Verstappen remains a hugely talented string in the Red Bull bow, the Belgian still is yet to curb his rather erratic nature.

"As always with my career in F1, it's going to be completely up to me".

The form book from Monaco and Hungary suggests Mercedes will be hard-pressed to topple Ferrari this weekend, while Red Bull are also envisaging a strong weekend, but that certainly doesn't mean the world champions can't cause a mini-surprise on Sunday.

"I believe Singapore won't be our only chance but is one of our best chances of a win in the second half of the season", said Ricciardo. Such a tough corner invariably puts drivers under strain, and Hamilton sustained a puncture and retired after bumping tires with Red Bull's Mark Webber in 2010.

There was no word from Renault or Red Bull on their future together, following reports that the French manufacturer will walk away from their partnership after 2018.

The 30-year-old cited two examples. Now, a three-point gap separates the two drivers, making things interesting as the pair heads to Singapore this weekend.

No matter who wins, you can be a victor of some F1 memorabilia signed by Mercedes Valtteri Bottas and Hamilton. With Verstappen and Ricciardo both recently telling ESPN their long-term futures at Red Bull hinge around its ability to deliver a race-winning vehicle, and with Verstappen growing increasingly frustrated at his remarkable string of bad luck this year, a morale-boosting win for the team would be huge going into the final races of 2017. Absolutely. I think that would complete the story as well.

"Now we see what we can do tomorrow".

Mercedes have been on pole in 66 of the last 71 races. I go with what we have, what I'll feel on the track and how the auto performs.

"We were obviously close with the field today and we have still got some improvements to make with the auto", said Hamilton.

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