While we returned to the top step of the podium in Italy, I know the Marina Bay Street Circuit will be a much tougher challenge for the team. Here is my personal preview of the Singapore Grand Prix 2018.
The result in Italy was a great reward for everyone in the team who has been working tirelessly to improve our performance. We knew that the race in Monza would be another big challenge for us, after the defeat in Spa, but we managed to prevail through a combination of individual skill and fantastic teamwork.
However, we also know that we’ve been strong at Monza in recent years and the track characteristics make the Italian Grand Prix a bit of an outlier. Singapore, on the other hand, has features that we’ve struggled with in the past.
Singapore doesn’t favour the W09
The short straights, the slow, tight corners and the bumpy surface all make the Marina Bay Street Circuit one of the trickiest tracks of the season for us. In 2015, we endured one of our most painful experiences in recent years there. Last year, we started the race from the third row – and came home with a win and a third place.
On paper, the track should favour the Ferraris, but the Championship fight is so close that predictions are almost meaningless. One thing that’s guaranteed in Singapore is a great spectacle; the track under the lights looks stunning both for the TV audience and the fans in the grandstands.
In the middle of a monumental Championship fight
For the teams, the race is one of the most demanding ones as the high temperatures and humidity levels make life in the garage tough. We’re in the middle of a monumental Championship fight and I’m simply amazed by the energy in Brackley and Brixworth at the moment. Each team member knows that we’re facing the biggest challenge in our recent history. But every man and woman in the team is willing to push themselves to the limit; we will be fighting with everything we’ve got for these two Championships.