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Formula One returns to the road after the conclusion of the European leg of the championship, as the demanding streets of the Marina Bay welcome the drivers for another tough Singapore Grand Prix. Join The Roar for live updates and coverage from 10pm (AEST).
The 5km concrete jungle is a unique challenge on the calendar, not just for being a street circuit, but being one of the longest races in the season – with sweltering temperatures even in the night a test of the driver’s endurance.
61-laps often do run to the allotted two-hours, because multiple Safety Cars are always called into action during the chaos that ensues.
Only Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel from the current grid of drivers have won this race, both vying for the most outright victories – currently tied at four apiece. The last two have been won by Hamilton.
Though with the past two races this year having been won by Charles Leclerc and Ferrari, the question has been whether the Scuderia will be fast enough to fight Mercedes AMG and Red Bull in Singapore.
Leclerc claimed his third consecutive pole position by only a tenth of a second over Hamilton, who denied Ferrari a front-row lockout with Vettel having been relegated to third.
The midfield was led by McLaren during qualifying, with Carlos Sainz set to start ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg. Teammate Lando Norris rounded out in the top ten also.
Despite this being a street circuit, overtaking isn’t as difficult as say in Monaco and a third DRS zone this year will make present further opportunities for drivers to pass.
Even the run into Turn 1 is always a short, but exciting one given the limited chances for drivers to make any gains at the start. The chaotic start of 2017 which saw both Ferraris crash into each other and the Red Bull of Max Verstappen is a classic example.
So while this is a grand prix, it might as well be a proper endurance race given the multiple variables in deciding the outcome.
Will this year see Mercedes’ streak in Singapore beaten and possibly witness Leclerc make it an unprecedented hattrick of wins?
Can the out of form Vettel make a statement of intent and show that he is still the top dog at Ferrari?
There is much to be answered, so tune in on The Roar from 10pm (AEST0 for live blog coverage of another showdown on the streets of Marina Bay at the Singapore Grand Prix.