The next stage of the 2022 world championship will be Singapore, which after the Covid problems will make its return to the Formula 1 calendar and will welcome the series in just over a week. The last time F1 raced at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, Scuderia Ferrari produced a surprising performance, which the Maranello team will be hoping to happen again this time.
Arriving as underdogs, the work in the factory was incredible, both in terms of simulation and updates. In 2019 we saw a spectacular fight for the Pole Position between Charles Leclerc (who took pole), Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. In the race, Scuderia Ferrari was able to secure a one-two finish, was the German driver took his last victory for the Maranello team and in his career, at least for now.
If Mattia Binotto’s team could repeat what they did a few years ago, it would be another big surprise. Many will wonder why this would be a surprise, given the competitiveness of F1-75. Singapore would have been the ideal circuit for the F1-75 that we saw all the way to Hungary: low speed corners, important traction qualities required and straights not too long to enhance the efficiency of the Red Bull RB18. As many as 16 corners will be covered at low speed given that in 2019 we saw four corners under 100km / h and twelve below 150km / h. In addition to this, there are no less than six large traction zones.
However, this major chance in terms of race pace seen at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, where Ferrari lost a lot of ground in traction, slow and medium speed corners, leads to considering Max Verstappen as the favorite for the Singapore Grand Prix and even Mercedes to battle with the current Ferrari F1-75 cars. We only have think about the pre-Monte Carlo predictions and how strong the F1-75 cars really went in the Monaco Grand Prix, only for the Italian side to throw away a possible victory for Charles Leclerc due to a wrong strategic choice. But in Maranello they don’t give up and are ready to react.
In total silence and behind closed doors at the Prancing Horse factory, in Fiorano, Carlos Sainz was on track on Tuesday with the F1-75 for the second ‘filming day’ of 15km. According to a recent report from Formu1a.uno, the Spaniard was involved in a session for data collection, despite the short run allowed by the regulation. Those km were useful for deliberating some of the updates that will appear on the F1-75 cars on the very slow Marina Bay track and also the ‘basic’ setting for the car that will be presented in the first free practice session.
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In addition, importance was also given to work on the starting procedure. Away from prying eyes, therefore, Ferrari is putting its maximum effort into getting back to winning ways again before the end of the 2022 Formula 1 season. In Singapore we will certainly see Ferrari again in a high-downforce set-up and in fact the F1-75 that took to the track at Fiorano used the very high-load rear wing introduced in Spain and then also used in Monte Carlo.
The work therefore proceeds quickly to react already in this final part of the season, but mainly to be ready above all to face a 2023 Formula 1 campaign in which Ferrari wants to truly fight for the championships titles against Red Bull, after ending the duel much too early this year.