Singapore Grand Prix 2022: Drivers expect “toughest race of the year”

Singapore Grand Prix 2022: Drivers expect “toughest race of the year”



F1 drivers have an appointment at the beginning of October in Singapore to compete during the the seventeenth round of the season. And while they are happy to finally be back there after two years of this tragedy, they also fear the Singapore Grand Prix will be the toughest race of the season.

On October 2 and after two years of absence following the global Covid pandemic, Singapore will finally return to the F1 championship calendar. An event that pilots look forward to but also fear, Marina Bay being one of the toughest circuits this season. In fact, humidity in Singapore is around 80% and, although the contest takes place at night, the temperature often exceeds 30 ° C. More than that, its chaotic urban setting puts drivers and their single seats to the test. And since this year, single seats are equipped with a very rigid suspension and thus absorb a little, others are afraid to live a little painful race… “It will be important to sleep well right away, so that you are not bothered by jet lag and get back to physical form after every day of driving. We know that these are very bad conditions. Bumps can happen that hurt us in those difficult F1. But it is a track that I love, honestly. I love this place, I’ve missed it for the last few years and I can’t wait to get there,” said Pierre Gasly.

A real challenge!

Some even think so Singapore will be the toughest round of the seasonespecially Carlos Sainz, who expect to find poaching and gaming issues, like at the beginning of the season. “It will be a tough race mentally and physically with bumps, heat and backtracking. I think it will be the toughest race of the year. It will be worse than the Azerbaijan Grand Prix for the bumps, in words. of robbery and bouncing, which can be seen again. It will also be a big challenge to get a good qualifying round and keep a good race order and the level of flying that exists in these F1s on tracks of this type.”, he explained. A fear shared by Esteban Ocon who, although Marina Bay is not his favorite circuit, nevertheless considers itIt will be interesting to see what each team chooses as a setup. “It will be very bumpy with these F1, a big challenge for us I think, very difficult physically. I like Singapore, but the track itself I don’t like I have to say. These F1 are difficult as karts and on the curbs. It will be difficult. It will not always be fun but we are here for it. challenge It will also be interesting to see who chooses what according to the settings If you are looking for a car that is healthy and easy or if you go for a car that is more powerful but offers more performance, it is always a compromise on the road circuit,” he said.

Posted on 09/21/2022 Updated 09/21/2022