Ferrari are expecting to have a difficult weekend at this weekend’s Grand Prix in Singapore, despite winning the last two races.
Charles Leclerc has been in impressive form of late, winning the Belgian Grand Prix and last time out at Monza, taking Ferrari’s first win on home soil since Fernando Alonso won there for the Scuderia in 2010.
But both of those tracks were suited to a low downforce set-up whereas the Singapore circuit requires a lot of downforce to maximise the lap time.
Although Ferrari have the strongest engine on the grid, they have struggled with a number of high downforce circuits so far this season and they don’t expect Singapore to be any different.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s Grand Prix, Charles Leclerc said: “After two positive weekends in Belgium and Italy, the race in Singapore doesn’t look as good on paper for us.
“[It is a] very different circuit layout, featuring lots of of slow corners and fewer straights.
“It might be a more difficult weekend for us, but we will give our all to have a good result.”
Red Bull are notoriously strong at high downforce circuits and are expected to challenge for the victory this weekend.
This is something Ferrari are wary of, and have tried to anticipate by bringing additional aerodynamic updates in their attempt to fend Red Bull off in the constructor’s championship.
“Coming from back to back victories is a good feeling for the team and for our tifosi, but in reality these victories are already behind us and we are well aware that Singapore will present new challenges and a layout in which our car is not as strong as at other circuits.” added Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto.
“We are bringing a few new parts there as part of our effort to close the gap to the competition, at a track that features predominantly slow speed corners.