The Mercedes team hopes that its last year’s problems in Singapore are solved for the 2016 race.
“After a strong showing in Italy, we go to Singapore with a big challenge ahead of us”, Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, said. “No team has ever scored a 1-2 finish there – and with good reason. As we have seen before, it’s a race where a single problem can cascade into many more as the weekend progresses.
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“We didn’t manage it last year and, although we believe we now understand why, only performance on the racetrack can prove our conclusions right. We are curious and excited to see how it goes. Ferrari were mighty around this circuit last year and it will suit the high downforce design philosophy followed by Red Bull, so we must not make the mistake of thinking we are favourites this weekend. It’s an exciting time for the sport and the future is looking bright. For us, we now have to get the ball over the line in both Championships while remaining conscious that next year is a very different challenge. For the drivers, I think their battle will go to the end and our challenge is to ensure they both have the equal opportunity to fight in terms of equipment and operations.”
Lewis Hamilton admitted the Italian Grand prix did not go exactly to plan for him
“But when you look at how far we’ve come as a team this season, from the position we were in, then I realise I’m in a phenomenal position. Next up it’s Singapore, which is always a great event. The race is a challenge with the heat and humidity – but it’s a street circuit, which I love. We didn’t have the greatest weekend there last year, so hopefully we’re on top of that now. I guess we’ll find out! Either way, it’s not going to be an easy breezy drive. Even when we won there back in 2014, it wasn’t straightforward. Ferrari and Red Bull will be on it I’m sure, so we’ve got a big fight on our hands if we are up at the front. I love a battle, so I’ m excited to see how it plays out”, Hamilton added.
Nico Rosberg: “Standing on top of that Monza podium was an awesome experience”
“I’ll definitely remember that one for a long time! But now my focus is on Singapore”, the German driver continued. “I got my second ever podium there way back in 2008 but haven’t been up there again since. So the target is to change that on Sunday. This is a Red Bull track and we weren’t so strong there last year. But I have faith in the team and my belief in myself is as high as ever. I approach each weekend aiming to win the race. The points gap has gone up and down but I’ve taken it one race at a time – and that’s the best way for me, as you can see by how the gap is now. Singapore is a cool city and a great place for Formula One. The track looks spectacular under the lights and it’s always buzzing in town around the race weekend.”