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Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas confident Mercedes can fight rivals in Singapore

16 September, 2017, 01:19 | Author: Greg Wolfe
  • Formula One- F1- Italian Grand Prix 2017

"I still expect Ferrari to be better there in the slow and medium-speed corners but I'm going there with the attitude that we will be trying to win". "Whatever happens along the way happens".

"It was not ideal, I didn't mean to go off", he said.

Although the Italian crowd were wanting a Ferrari win, Hamilton stole the show with a near ideal drive and as comfortable a 6 grand prix win of the season, Mercedes could get from their British rider.

"We know in Q3 that Mercedes and also Ferrari, they have a little bit more to come [from engine modes], so we have to be cautious".

"And certainly Singapore is more of a track that suits the Ferrari and the Red Bull and less us".

Vettel is a four-time victor at the Singapore night race, which started in 2008 and will now run until at least 2021 after organisers announced a four-year contract extension.

Hamilton and Mercedes, meanwhile, have a chequered history at Singapore.

On that evening, Hamilton lost the championship lead to Nico Rosberg, and it was a deficit from which he would never recover.

'On the surface, Singapore is the kind of circuit that should favour both Ferrari and Red Bull.

With such onus being put on the red team to walk the weekend, there is the expectation for Vettel to regain the lead of the standings - if he is to be the victor for Ferrari.

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"We have worked as hard as we can to understand the auto and we come here with a full attack". They locked out the front row and then claimed a comfortable race-day one-two, with Mercedes also beaten by Red Bull into fourth.

The British team have run out of patience with the Japanese manufacturer following three years plagued by an under-performing and unreliable engine, and are poised to be powered by Renault next term.

After all, Mercedes won with Lewis Hamilton in 2014.

The same man who calls himself "the most stylish driver on the grid" at the private meet-and-greet session for Hugo Boss and Mercedes-Benz at The Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore yesterday must surely fancy becoming the greatest driver ever.

Ricciardo posted a 1m42.489s on the second flying lap on his second set of ultra-soft tyres to secure the fastest time with 26 minutes remaining of the one-and-a-half hour session.

McLaren and Honda stole the spotlight from the championship battle early in the weekend before finally confirming news of their divorce on Friday. Verstappen, Alonso and Carlos Sainz Jr, who has been confirmed as a Renault driver for 2018, also did the same.

"Do I want to win with them?"

"I should start sooner than later to finish ahead of them, as the season end is coming closer", he said.

"For sure the team always wants to have options open for the future, I understand 100 per cent".

In a weekend where the only thing hotter than the race for the drivers championship is the actual temperature, will we see the usual Mercedes and Ferrari show?

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