The Singapore Grand Prix night race is a spectacle to behold and also one of the most demanding on the drivers. Roughly 4800 gear changes are required in order to complete the race (Silverstone takes about 2000) and the circuit boasts 23 corners (six more than the seasons average).
1600 light projectors are set up around the Marina Bay circuit each carrying a 2000-watt bulb that makes the circuit 4 times lighter than a football stadium.
Once again it will be the likeable Aussie Daniel Ricciardo who will be aiming to light up Singapore in his Red Bull after storming to second place in last year’s race just trailing home eventual champion Nico Rosberg.
Ricciardo proved the importance of qualifying at the circuit after putting his car on the front row of the grid he managed to hold off a fast charging Lewis Hamilton to the chequered flag.
The Red Bull may not be the fastest on the straights but the plethora of corners at the Marina Bay somewhat levels the playing field and the Red Bull has a proven track record at the circuit with three wins at the circuit since its inception onto the calendar in 2008.
Although victory may be a step too far for Ricciardo, a podium position is not. Back the Aussie at a healthy 11/10 with us to finish in the top three come Sunday evening.
Ferrari were pretty dismal on the fast straights of Monza, however, the multitude of corners at Singapore’s street circuit should suit the Italian manufacturer down to the ground meaning they will be more than a match for the Silver Arrows.
Lewis Hamilton may have dominated the midseason but expect Sebastian Vettel to reassert some authority in the championship with a strong performance during the race.
Vettel to win is a very backable 6/4 with us to resist the Brits onslaught as the season begins to enter the business end of the campaign.
During last year’s Singapore Grand Prix weekend, it was the Toro Rosso pair of Carlos Sainz Jr and Daniil Kvyat who lit up qualifying with an impressive sixth and seventh starting position.
Despite a less than impressive race (Kvyat top scored for the team in ninth) this season the Renault engine Red Bull team can be expected to repeat that points scoring finish only this time with the high flying Sainz Jr.
The son of rallying legend Carlos Sainz, Sainz Jr is impressing many in his so far short F1 career and currently sits ninth in the standings with 36 points, the Spaniard is 1/1 to snatch another top ten and that looks too good to pass up.
Finally, another Spaniard Fernando Alonso drove his McLaren to one of its strongest finishes last year with an impressive seventh place finish.
Expect the former two-time world champion to repeat a top ten finish in a McLaren which is finally starting to show slight signs of improvement at 20/31 with us in an enticing Singapore Grand Prix.