German driver Sebastian Vettel has been the best driver in the Singapore Grand Prix until now, winning the race four times in the last five years. So the Ferrari driver will be in a confident mood as he prepares for the Singapore Grand Prix, with the main race on Sunday. Two practice sessions are scheduled for Friday, and Saturday will witness the third practice and qualifying.
Though Vettel might have been brilliant in the past, the German will face a massive challenge from the two Mercedes drivers. Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have been amazing this season, and are on course for a two-way race for the F1 drivers' title this season.
Hamilton, with six wins this season, has accumulated 250 points, just two ahead of his team mate Rosberg, who has won an incredible seven, including the last two races of the season. Hence, it is the duo that will be in extreme focus during the Singapore Grand Prix. Hamilton has won the Singapore GP twice, but Rosberg is gunning for his first win.
Last year, Mercedes did not have a great run in Singapore, and the team, as a whole, will be keen to put up a strong display in the top circuit. Mercedes have been troubled with engine failures this season, and if there are any hiccups, expect the pack behind them to take full advantage of the situation.
"When looking at last year's race, Mercedes was struggling quite a bit - but that was last year, so there's no guarantee it will happen again. Should they struggle again, everybody else will take advantage of it - hopefully us the most! But right now there are too many unknowns to stick my neck out and predict a result," Formula One's official website quoted Vettel as saying.
But this race is not only going to be about the three drivers mentioned above. Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, who lies in the third position, will be one of the drivers to watch out for in the Singapore Grand Prix. The Australian might not have won a single race this season, but he has been consistent with his performances.
Riccairdo does not want to put himself or his team under any pressure ahead of the race.
"I'm not going to put too much pressure on myself or them for this weekend but I think deep down we obviously want to win. I believe we are a group of winners, so if there is a bit of pressure on us to get it done then I think we will thrive off that. Let's see what happens. I'm definitely prepared and excited. I don't know what I'm paying for a top 10, but it's safe money," Ricciardo said.
Other drivers like Sergio Perez (Force India) and Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) will also be keen to accumulate points and move up the drivers championship standings.
Where to watch live
First Friday Practice Session: 6 p.m local time, 3:30 p.m. IST, 6 a.m. ET
Second Friday Practice Session: 9:30 p.m. local time, 7 pm IST, 9:30 a.m. ET
Final Practice Session (Saturday): 6 p.m local time, 3:30 p.m. IST, 6 a.m. ET
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