Singapore GP F1 LIVE: On verge of retaining World title in Singapore, Max Verstappensays it’s ‘Long Shot’ in Marina Bay circuit: Check Why?

Singapore GP F1 LIVE – Formula 1 Singapore GP: The Singapore Night Grand Prix will take place on Sunday at 5:30PM IST.…

Singapore GP F1 LIVE: On verge of retaining World title in Singapore, Max Verstappensays it's 'Long Shot' in Marina Bay circuit: Check Why?
Singapore GP F1 LIVE: On verge of retaining World title in Singapore, Max Verstappensays it's 'Long Shot' in Marina Bay circuit: Check Why?

Singapore GP F1 LIVE – Formula 1 Singapore GP: The Singapore Night Grand Prix will take place on Sunday at 5:30PM IST. The season leader Max Verstappen has won 11 our 16 races this year but still is not ready to take favorite tag in Singapore. Verstappen thinks he is “quite a long shot” to retain his Formula One world championship at this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, even though it is mathematically possible: Follow Singapore GP LIVE updates with InsideSport.IN

“I don’t really think about the championship,” said the dominant Dutchman, who has won 11 of 16 races in 2022 and the last five in a row.

“It’s quite a long shot and I just want to enjoy the weekend and of course try to win it,” he told reporters.“I need a lot of luck for it to happen here so I don’t really count on it.”

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Formula 1 Singapore GP: Red Bull driver Verstappen, who will celebrate his 25th birthday on Friday, is running away with the title battle but must win Sunday’s race and then depend on his closest rivals faltering, or the fight will move on to Japan the following week.

Verstappen admitted he knew the scenario required for him to secure back-to-back championships.

“I need to win and Checo (Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez) needs to finish fourth or lower and (Ferrari’s) Charles (Leclerc) eighth or lower.

“So I mean it’s a bit unrealistic for it to happen, so I don’t really think about it,” he said.

Singapore GP F1 LIVE: On verge of retaining World title in Singapore, Max Verstappen says it’s ‘Long Shot’ in Marina Bay circuit, Check OUT

Verstappen said he was more concerned about the single-lap pace of the Red Bull at Singapore, where qualifying in pole position is crucial on a track where it is almost impossible to overtake.

“We really need to focus over one lap. This year we’ve never really been incredible over one lap,” he said.

“We’ve always been good in the race but around here we know that one-lap performance is very important.”

Verstappen has never won Singapore’s spectacular night race, which is returning to the calendar for the first time since 2019 because of Covid.

The nature of the city centre circuit and Singapore’s tropical heat and humidity means it is the most demanding venue on the calendar, both physically and mentally.

Every running of the Singapore Grand Prix has featured a safety car and the race requires huge powers of concentration. There are no long straights to give drivers a breather and concrete walls line the bumpy tarmac ready to punish the slightest error.

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Singapore GP F1 LIVE: On verge of retaining World title in Singapore, Max Verstappen says it’s ‘Long Shot’ in Marina Bay circuit, Check OUT

“We haven’t been to Singapore for a while so it will be interesting to see how the track has evolved,” said Verstappen, who has a 116-point lead over Leclerc following his victory at the Italian Grand Prix three weeks ago. He is 125 clear of third-placed Perez.

He needs to extend his lead to 138 points by Sunday’s chequered flag to secure the earliest championship win since Michael Schumacher won in 2002 with six GPs remaining.

Verstappen needs two more wins to equal the single-season mark of 13 jointly held by Schumacher (2004) and Sebastian Vettel (2013).

“It will be nice if we get it,” said Verstappen. “But for me personally it’s not something. It’s nice what we’ve done the last few races but I don’t think about it any more.

“I’m just focusing on what we have to do here.”

Here is all you need to know about the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix:

When is the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix?

30 September

  • Practice 1  – 15:30 to 16:30 IST
  • Practice 2 – 18:30 to 19:30 IST

1 October 

  • Practice 3 – 15:30 to 16:30 IST
  • Qualifying – 18:30 to 19:30 IST

2 October 

  • Race – 17:30 to 19:30 IST

Where to watch the live broadcast of the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix?

The races will be broadcast live on Star Sports Network.

Where to watch the live streaming of the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix?

The practise, qualifying and final race will also be streamed LIVE on Disney+ Hotstar.

What are the specifications of the track used for the 2022  Singapore Grand Prix?

The Marina Bay Street Circuit track in Singapore is 5.063 km long and features 23 corners with three DRS zones. Kevin Magnussen holds the record for the fastest lap time with a speed of 1:41.905 which he set in 2018.

What is the weather forecast for the 2022  Singapore Grand Prix?

The temperature for the three days will be ranging between 30 °C –  31°C. However, there are about 50% chance of rain with s cattered thunderstorms during the three-day Singapore Grand Prix.

How does the F1 Drivers’ Championship table stand?

  • Max Verstappen – 335 points
  • Charles Leclerc – 219 points
  • Sergio Perez – 210 points
  • George Russell   –  203 points
  • Carlos Sainz Jr. –  187 points

 

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