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Rapid changes in track conditions key to latest Ferrari-Red Bull pole fight | 2022 Singapore Grand Prix Friday practice analysis

F1Fanatic - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 16:53
Pole position is crucial at Singapore, but the latest fight between Ferrari and Red Bull will be strongly influenced by grip changes in the relaid track surface.
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‘You’ll end up making mistakes’: Max Verstappen sends Red Bull warning

Formula1news.co.uk - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 16:34

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has rallied his team to maintain the push amid their tantalisingly close proximity to the 2022 championship.

Verstappen engaged in a slugfest with Sir Lewis Hamilton last year, and he passed the seven-time champion on the final lap of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to claim his maiden world title.

This year has been, on the face of it, less stressful for the 24-year-old, who has 11 wins under his belt heading into the final six rounds of the 2022 season.

Verstappen leads Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc by 116 points, while team-mate Sergio Perez has helped the Austrian side to a 139-point advantage over the Scuderia.

READ: Christian Horner assesses Red Bull’s junior talents as Pierre Gasly looks to join Alpine

The Prancing Horses have put up a staunch fight against their rivals, but Red Bull’s dominance this year has resembled that of Sebastian Vettel’s incredible performances between 2010 and 2013.

The reigning champion has one hand on the world championship, and he also on course to smash two records in Formula 1.

Vettel currently holds the record of 13 wins in a single season together with Michael Schumacher, and he is the standalone holder of the most consecutive wins, with nine.

The German achieved both of those feats in his final title-winning year in 2013, and as he departs the sport at the end of this year, he may do so having seen his two records be soundly beaten by the magical Verstappen.

While the records in and of themselves may be of fairly low significance to the 31-time race winner, victories are perennially valuable, and he intends to keep pushing.

“I’ve said this before and I think everyone in the team thinks it too, we want to win more races,” said Verstappen.

“You can’t say ‘we’re happy to play it safe with second or third place’. We don’t want to let other teams win.

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“If you start thinking like that, you’ll end up making mistakes.”

Red Bull’s adviser, Dr Helmut Marko, has recently noted that his Hasselt-born driver cuts a calmer figure behind the wheel of the car than he did previously.

The Austrian told ORF that Verstappen had a habit of “freaking out” when Friday practice did not go all his own way, but now that he has a title under his belt, a more clinical and measured driver has emerged.

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F1 boss: ‘Max is without doubt the benchmark’

Formula1news.co.uk - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 16:09

Max Verstappen is certainly regarded very highly by some of the most elite figures in Formula 1, none more so than F1’s managing director Ross Brawn.

Brawn is someone who knows exactly what they are talking about when it comes to exceptional drivers, having played an instrumental role in Michael Schumacher’s career at both Benetton and Ferrari.

The 67-year-old, who is set to retire at the end of the year, was dubbed as the “mastermind”, by the seven-time World Champion and is one of the most respected individuals in the paddock.

Brawn famously bought out the Honda F1 team at the end of 2008, which became known as Brawn GP in 2009.

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After winning both titles in their debut season, Brawn GP was bought out by Mercedes, who, of course, are one of the leading sides on the grid today.

Brawn was Ferrari’s technical director during his time working alongside Schumacher; he also held the same role at Benetton.

Verstappen’s recent victory from P14 to first at the Belgian Grand Prix, reminded Brawn of Mick Schumacher’s father “at his best”, with the Briton explaining that you can “feel this certain magic” when watching a driver on “another planet”.

“His dominance at Spa reminded me of Michael Schumacher at his best,” said Brawn.

“When you have a perfect car and drivers like Michael or Max in the cockpit, they drive like they are on another planet. Then, as a spectator, you feel this certain magic.

“You have to remember that there is always another driver with the same car who cannot make that difference. Of course we want hard battles for the lead with many drivers. But at the same time, don’t we want to see the magicians who stand out from the rest?”

The Dutchman can incredibly claim his second consecutive World Championship at this weekend’s returning Singapore Grand Prix, despite there still being six races remaining (including Singapore).

This is largely thanks to having won 11 of the 16 completed races this season, meaning he is just two race wins behind Schumacher’s joint record with Sebastian Vettel of 13 wins in a single season.

Verstappen could match this milestone at the Japanese Grand Prix, before eclipsing it at the United States Grand Prix.

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Brawn is certain that the Red Bull driver is the “benchmark” but needs to prove that he can win when the car is “not so good”, something which was one of Schumacher’s “many strengths”.

“Max is without doubt the benchmark. Just like Michael,” added Brawn.

“The future will show whether he can make the most of a race day when the car is not so good. That was one of Michael’s many strengths. But Max is still young and seems to have taken a step in the right direction in this too.”

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Nicholas Latifi blames F1 exit partly on external factors

Formula1news.co.uk - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 15:54

Nicholas Latifi has accepted Williams’ decision not to retain him going into next year, but he would like to stay on the grid if possible.

Latifi finished runner-up to Nyck de Vries in the 2019 Formula 2 Championship, and he earned himself a seat with Williams alongside George Russell for 2020.

The Canadian scored his first points at the Hungarian Grand Prix last year, which were quickly followed at the bizarre race in Belgium.

After Russell’s promotion to Mercedes, Latifi was joined by Alex Albon, who returned after a year out of the sport following his departure from Red Bull.

READ: Williams boss makes claim about Abu Dhabi controversy and Nicholas Latifi

The Thai-British driver has comfortably out-performed his team-mate in 2022, and has scored three points finishes, in Australia, Miami and Belgium.

He leads the qualifying battle 13-2 over a driver in Latifi who is yet to score points this year.

The 27-year-old’s exceptional qualifying performance in Silverstone was a reminder that he has tremendous pace and ability, but the consistency, sadly, simply has not been there.

At the Italian Grand Prix last time out, de Vries deputised for the appendicitis-struck Albon, and the Dutchman finished ninth after out-performing Latifi all weekend.

That was the final straw for Williams, who have decided to release him at the end of the year when his contract expires.

The Montreal-born racer insists that his results have not necessarily been all on him, and he is vying for a place in Formula 1 in 2023.

“Yeah, it’s obviously disappointing news,” Latifi told Sky Sports.

“I mean, I obviously would love to stay in F1, it’s what I’ve been working towards for a very big chunk of my life.

“It’s the pinnacle of motorsport, it’s where I want to be, but at the end of the day, this is a results and performance-based industry, it always has been.

“And, unfortunately, it just hasn’t worked out this year for many different reasons, some in my control, some out of my control. That’s motorsport.

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“It’s always been the case for everyone up and down the grid, so yeah, now for the rest of the year – obviously I still have six races left –  I’m just looking to end on as high a note as possible and kind of close this chapter and three years with Williams off, and focus on what’s next, whatever that is.

“If you’re going to ask me what’s next, I don’t really have much detail to give you!”

De Vries, Logan Sargeant and Daniel Ricciardo are all possible candidates for the vacant Williams seat in 2023.

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Max Verstappen makes Fernando Alonso championship claim after being praised

Formula1news.co.uk - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 15:32

Reigning World Champion Max Verstappen can retain his 2021 Drivers’ Championship at this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, which was absent from the last two seasons following the Coronavirus pandemic.

Despite boasting a 116-point lead, it is quite unlikely that the Dutchman will claim his second World Championship this weekend.

Should Verstappen win his 12th race of the season and claim the fastest lap, then Charles Leclerc needs to finish in the top eight or Sergio Pérez needs to cross the line in the top four, otherwise, Verstappen will match Fernando Alonso’s two titles.

Interestingly, Verstappen can match another of the Spaniard’s milestones this weekend – his number of victories.

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Should the Red Bull driver win this weekend, then he’ll match Alonso’s 32 race victories, with the Alpine driver’s last having come all the way back in 2013.

The duo has been speaking very highly about each other in the build-up to this weekend, with Alonso having revealed that he hopes Verstappen exceeds his personal statistics, and that he’d become an all-time great as a double World Champion.

Verstappen repaid the compliment by admitting it’s “not bad” to be on the verge of matching the 41-year-old’s records, who the Dutchman believes could’ve achieved so much more if he was in better cars.

“It’s not bad,” said Verstappen.

“In F1, you need a bit of luck, and you need to have the luck that you make the right decision and then have a dominant car for a long time

“Because I mean, obviously, if you would have put Fernando in the cars where other people have won championships with, he would have done the same. But that’s not how F1 works.

“At the end of the day, he still won two titles so I think he’s done very well for himself. And he’s also a great guy and a great personality for F1.”

It is quite unlikely that Verstappen will claim the title this weekend at the Marina Bay Circuit; however, unpredictable conditions could give the Dutch driver the chance to wrap up the championship.

Whilst this weekend is his first chance to claim his second crown, Verstappen is trying not to “really think about it”, with his priority being to “win” his first Singapore GP.

“I don’t really think about it,” he stressed.

“It’s quite a long shot. I just want to enjoy the weekend, and of course, try to win it.”

In all honesty, Verstappen could probably decide for himself where he wins the title, under normal circumstances, though, next weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix is the likely venue of where the Dutchman will celebrate the crown.

When asked if he’d rather win the championship this weekend or next, Verstappen revealed that to him “Japan is nicer” to wrap up the title.

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“I think Japan is nicer,” admitted the 25-year-old.

“Also, I need a lot of luck for it to happen here, so I don’t really count on it…

“I think [Suzuka will be] my first proper opportunity to win the title. So I’m looking forward to Singapore right now, but I’m also very excited for next week.”

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Wolff: FIA must take "robust stance" if F1 teams broke budget cap

Motorsport.com - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 15:29
The FIA is due to issue compliance certificates soon to the teams that operated within last year's cap.
However, paddock sources indicate that when the final accounting has been completed both Red Bull Racing and Aston Martin are likely to be reported as having breached the cap.
The financial regulations contain a list of potential penalties for both "minor" and "material" breaches.
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Wolff: "Open secret" one F1 team "massively" broke cost cap

Motorsport.com - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 15:28
After a day of fast developments in the Singapore Grand Prix paddock, as speculation focused on Aston Martin and Red Bull having potentially not complied with the 2021 cost cap limit, Wolff did not hold back in his views about how serious the matter was.
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Jens Munser teases Sebastian Vettel’s stunning Singapore helmet

Formula1news.co.uk - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 15:07

Formula 1 helmet designer, Jens Munser, has posted a sneak peak of Sebastian Vettel’s crash helmet at this year’s Singapore Grand Prix.

Over the years, Vettel has become known for his beautiful helmet designs, from sparkly numbers worn during night races, to a message of solidarity with Ukraine this year.

The German’s creativity was somewhat scuppered between 2014 and last year, with the FIA ruling that drivers could only wear a special design once a season.

Generally, the four-time champion has worn a predominantly white helmet in recent years, with the German stripes running along one side.

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In his Red Bull days, a great many designs graced the purple car, including a pristine white, navy blue, crimson red and smart black.

F1 is returning to Singapore this weekend for the first race there since the 2019 season, with the last two being called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Japan will follow a week later, and Vettel will almost certainly have something lined up for his final race at Suzuka, which is his favourite racetrack.

The 35-year-old’s last win came at the last race under the lights at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, and it was his fifth win there, having taken his first in 2011.

The 2019 success was one of 14 race wins in total with the Scuderia, and some red is set to appear on his lid this weekend, going by a post on Munser’s story.

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The designer, who has made so many delightful pieces of helmet artwork for the now Aston Martin driver, also posted some of his earlier work on his story.

The pictures were from Vettel’s first race in Singapore with Toro Rosso in 2008 – which was also the first-ever race held there – and from the 2019 event with Ferrari.

Vettel’s full helmet design for this weekend is yet to be revealed, but there will be an eager anticipation as to what artwork he will be donning in Singapore. 

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‘No inevitability about a win’ for Lewis Hamilton or George Russell

Formula1news.co.uk - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 14:42

Mercedes have just six races remaining to claim a much-needed victory, or risk seeing their incredible winning streak dated back to 2012 come to a disappointing end.

It’s been a disastrous year for the Silver Arrows, who are set to lose the Constructors’ crown, which they’ve defended for eight consecutive years.

Red Bull boast a 139-point-lead over Ferrari in the standings, with the Germans a further 35 points behind the Italians.

Whilst they’ve somewhat accepted that they’re on the verge of losing their title, the side will take some consolidation from the season if they can claim just one victory.

READ: Toto Wolff announces ‘unusual’ Mercedes deal with ‘family’

Mercedes have staggeringly won a race every season since 2012; however, with the side yet to win this year, that streak is at severe risk of ending.

The team’s 2022 challenger, the W13, has been woeful.

The car has struggled at low downforce circuits and has quite simply been unable to match Red Bull and Ferrari consistently.

Mercedes are only in the battle for second in the Constructors’ due to Ferrari’s comical errors, which as of late have occurred on a near Grand Prix basis.

Whilst so much has gone wrong for Mercedes, team principal Toto Wolff thinks this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix “should suit” the Silver Arrows; however, Sky Sports pundit Mark Hughes believes a Mercedes victory is more likely at Suzuka or Austin, not Singapore.

“Although the team now understand the troublesome W13 much better than earlier in the season and know they are able to access very respectable performances from it at the right sort of tracks – those which allow it to be run with a low ride height – they know also the car’s limitations are baked-in and the Red Bull and Ferrari are much more versatile performers across all types of track,” Hughes wrote in his Sky Sports column.

“There is therefore no inevitability about a win for either Lewis Hamilton or George Russell in the remaining races, as they will likely always have to beat two Red Bulls and two Ferraris to do that.

“The relative strength of the W13 is in high-speed, long corners when the track layout is smooth enough to allow the car to be set up very low. Singapore is not such a track but Suzuka may be, as might Austin.

“The car can be competitively quick through slow corners too, but only if the layout of the track does not also include fast corners (as its set-up window is too small to accommodate both). As such, Abu Dhabi and Interlagos will likely not be ideal.”

Sir Lewis Hamilton has his own record to try to maintain, with the seven-time World Champion currently the only driver in the sport’s history to claim a victory in every completed season, a record that dates back to 2007.

Hughes has also pinpointed Mexico has a potentially strong weekend for Mercedes, especially given the fact they’ve gotten over issues which they’ve previously faced at the circuit.

Hughes has sent the Silver Arrows a considerable warning, though, that even if they find a venue they are strong at, they still need to “take on and beat [Max] Verstappen”.

“But Mexico might not be so bad, despite Red Bull’s formidable record at the track,” Hughes added.

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“Last season showed the Mercedes PU no longer struggles in Mexico’s thin air and as such downforce pure and simple will be the dominating factor, especially given that drag is not punished very hard (because of that thin air), thereby partly-neutralising a key Red Bull advantage.

“Mercedes, Hamilton and Russell fans therefore need to be looking for a combination of the sort of sweet spot the W13 was in during the races at Barcelona, Silverstone and Zandvoort, Ferrari continuing to struggle with their tyres and Sergio Perez continuing to struggle with the Red Bull.

“Then all it has to do is take on and beat Verstappen. Stranger things have happened but not very often.”

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Why a 2021 F1 tactic means Verstappen is unconcerned by Red Bull's poor practice

Motorsport.com - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 14:23
Carlos Sainz and Ferrari led the way in the only practice session that really matters for Formula 1’s returning Singapore Grand Prix, while Red Bull was off the pace and lacking laps.
But, as we’ll explain, the Marina Bay track’s nature negates these issues for Max Verstappen’s squad and the Dutchman himself is unconcerned.
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Max Verstappen insists he’s not thinking about second title in Singapore

Formula1news.co.uk - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 14:20

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has affirmed that he a second world championship is not on his mind heading into the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend.

The Dutchman has won 11 of the opening 16 rounds of the 2022 season thus far, and he is bidding to successfully defend the championship he won at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Despite the shaky start due to reliability, Verstappen has established a 116-point lead over Charles Leclerc, who has suffered from reliability issues of his own, as well as strategic blunders from his team.

It all leaves the 25-year-old Hasselt-born driver in with a shout of wrapping up the championship trophy – upon which one hand is already placed – this weekend.

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This weekend, he needs a race win and, provided he takes the fastest lap, he needs Leclerc to finish eighth or lower.

He then needs Sergio Perez to finish fourth or lower, and the crown will be his for a second year running.

Asked about the prospect of becoming a double world champion, Verstappen described it as “not bad.”

A second championship will put the Red Bull driver level with Fernando Alonso, who won his two championships in 2005 and 2006.

The Spaniard’s moves to McLaren in 2007 and again in 2015 worked against him, as did his return to Renault in 2008.

He spent five seasons with Ferrari between 2010 and 2014, and despite coming tantalisingly close in ’10 and ’12, he was beaten by Sebastian Vettel both times.

Were the 32-time race winner in a more competitive car though, Verstappen reckons Alonso would have earned more world titles.

“In F1, you need a bit of luck, and you need to have the luck that you make the right decision and then have a dominant car for a long time,” he explained, quoted by Crash.net.

“Because I mean, obviously, if you would have put Fernando in the cars where other people have won championships with, he would have done the same. But that’s not how F1 works.

“At the end of the day, he still won two titles so I think he’s done very well for himself, and he’s also a great guy and a great personality for F1.” 

If the title is not wrapped up this weekend, it almost certainly will be in Japan next weekend, and due to the multiple stipulations around the Singapore Grand Prix, the reigning champion is not thinking about the prize-giving gala in December just yet.

“I don’t really think about it, it’s quite a long shot. I just want to enjoy the weekend, and of course, try to win it,” added Verstappen.

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“I think Japan is nicer. Also, I need a lot of luck for it to happen here, so I don’t really count on it…

“I think [Suzuka will be] my first proper opportunity to win the title. So, I’m looking forward to Singapore right now, but I’m also very excited for next week.”

Verstappen and team-mate, Sergio Perez, are also close to sealing the Constructors’ Championship – they have a 139-point lead over the Ferrari pair of Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.

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Lewis Hamilton has 23.8% chance of winning Singapore Grand Prix

Formula1news.co.uk - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 13:47

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has a superb chance of winning this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, according to figures from sports betting intelligence provider AEX Analytics.

The Dutchman has won 11 races so far this season, and he comes into the final six rounds of the year 116 points ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in the Drivers’ Standings.

Verstappen could win the championship this weekend under the lights, although he would need Leclerc to finish eighth or lower, with team-mate Sergio Perez failing to make the podium.

The reigning champion is more than likely to get the job done at the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka a week later, but his father, Jos, has vowed to attend every event so that he can be there when his son’s second title comes home.

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The Marina Bay Street Circuit is one that is expected to suit Ferrari more than Red Bull, and the intense heat, coupled with a downforce-oriented track, might also bring Mercedes into play.

Sir Lewis Hamilton and George Russell have not yet won a race for Mercedes, and this weekend will see the drivers take to a similar track to that of Hungary, where the 24-year-old took pole position.

However, the seven-time champion has only been given a 23.8 percent chance of success on the streets, having last achieved a podium at the Mercedes-friendly Hungaroring.

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Perez and Carlos Sainz will be vying to be in the fight for Red Bull and Ferrari, respectively, so not for the first time this season, there might well be a six-way fight for pole and the win.

Ahead of this weekend, Hamilton conceded that he had “no idea” whether the Silver Arrows were going to be strong, but we do not have long to find out, with first practice getting underway on Friday.

Red Bull have a 139-point lead in the Constructors’ Standings, so they are nearly across the line, but the battle for second is still on – Mercedes are just 35 behind Ferrari.

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Red Bull adamant its F1 cost cap submission was below limit

Motorsport.com - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 13:42
F1 teams are awaiting a formal notification from the FIA on October 5 on whether or not their accounts for the 2021 season are under the spending limits.
Those teams who the FIA is happy with will be issued with compliance certificates, while any outfits that broke the limit will likely face sanctions.
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Pierre Gasly jokes about Carlos Sainz’s physique

Formula1news.co.uk - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 13:29

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz has quipped that the physicality of the Singapore Grand Prix is a walk in the park for him.

Singapore became the first-ever night race in Formula 1 history when it was introduced in 2008, with the inaugural grand prix being won, somewhat controversially, by Fernando Alonso.

Sir Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg have since been crowned winners at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, in races that often stretch to two hours.

Lap times in the race go all the way to the 1 minute 40s, and this is because the average speed of the track is relatively low compared with other venues.

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The race distance is not determined by how long it takes to finish the lap, but rather how long the track is.

A distance of 300 kilometres is covered over a full grand prix, and the unique track in Singapore is around five kilometres in length, which is not too distinct from many other F1 racetracks.

61 laps are therefore held in Singapore, which is why the race tends to take so much longer to complete than many other races on the calendar.

A time limit of two hours, including race suspensions, was implemented after the chaotic 2011 Canadian Grand Prix, and three races in Singapore have ended before the 61-lap mark.

During those two hours, the drivers are subjected to sweltering heat and extreme discomfort as they attempt to wrestle the cars around the circuit.

Now that the cars are heavier and stiffer, this task will become even more difficult this weekend.

With so many tricky corners, so many times over, for so long, it is also difficult for the racers to focus, so naturally, when they start training in the off season, Singapore is the race they are looking at.

If they can be fit for this race, they can complete just about any event on the calendar, so Sainz has been sure to come into round 17 fully prepared.

“Yeah it’s easy for me, doesn’t bother me,” he said in the press conference.

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“Look at his physique…” joked Pierre Gasly, who was seated next to the Spaniard.

“But seriously, when I train in pre-season, I’m training for Singapore. Mentally it’s very challenging,” elaborated Sainz.

The 27-year-old, as well as George Russell, is on the verge of being mathematically eliminated from the title battle this weekend as Max Verstappen soars towards his second success in a row.

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Mercedes are a second off their rivals in Singapore, says Hamilton | 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

F1Fanatic - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 12:12
Lewis Hamilton is remaining cautious about Mercedes' prospects for the Singapore Grand Prix despite topping a practice session for the first time this year.
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No concerns over AlphaTauri pit lane fire despite “barbecue feeling” – Gasly | 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

F1Fanatic - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 11:50
Pierre Gasly says AlphaTauri will be able to address the cause of the brief fire he experienced in the pits during practice.
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Capito: F1 cost cap breach more serious than cheating on track

Motorsport.com - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 11:33
Other team bosses have agreed that any such breaches should trigger appropriate punishments from the FIA.
Although it has yet to be confirmed both Red Bull Racing and Aston Martin are understood to have overspent last season, with the former believed to be a potentially more serious case of a “material breach”.
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Mercedes still one second off the pace in Singapore, says Hamilton

Motorsport.com - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 11:21
The tight Marina Bay circuit offered Mercedes the chance for one of its stronger weekends, with its W13 car appearing better in low and medium-speed corners.
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One Formula 1 team was “massively over” the budget cap in 2021 – Wolff | 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

F1Fanatic - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 11:10
One Formula 1 team was "massively over" the budget cap when it was introduced last year, according to Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff.
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F1 results: Sainz fastest in Singapore GP practice on Friday

Motorsport.com - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 10:36
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton was fastest in FP1, while Sainz set the quickest time of the day under the floodlights in FP2.
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