We are one week away from the 2022 Formula 1 schedule shifting to the final six “fly away” races, opening with the Singapore Grand Prix. The Singapore Grand Prix is a low-speed, tight, and twisty street track, the original home of the night race since 2008, and one of the most difficult races for the drivers.
With a few days to go before Max Verstappen likely captures back-to-back World Championships, we’ll give you a little history of the Marina Bay Circuit – featuring the Wiley ‘Ol Campaigner himself – and give you a potential prop bet to look for on a Williams. Yes, you read that right. No, this is not a joke, although I don’t fault you for thinking it is.
The Singapore Grand Prix, the Marina Bay Circuit, and an ‘Ol Campaigners Controversy
The Original Singapore Grande Prix was held between 1966 to 1973. The 2008 Singapore Grand Prix was the first Formula 1-night race and the 800th Grand Prix in F1 history. The return of the Singapore Grand Prix and the original night race was won by the hero of our F1 coverage (and the Greatest Racer of All-time, according to this writer), Fernando Alonso.
The Marina Bay Street Circuit winds beneath spectator grandstands at one point and has seen changes to the track in 2009, 2013, and 2015, including the elimination of the terrible “ Singapore Sling chicane” (turn 10) in 2013. The tight and technical Marina Bay circuit has 23 turns over 3.147 mi (5.065 km), with the Grand Prix taking place over 61 laps for a total of 3.147 (308.965 km). Unlike Monza or Silverstone, drivers will only be at full throttle for 49% of the lap.
The most infamous incident in the history of the Singapore Grand Prix features another chapter in the legend of the Wiley ‘Ol Campaigner. Renault engineered Fernando Alonso’s victory in the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix from 15th on the grid after ordering Nelson Piquet Jr. to intentionally crash on lap 14 after Alonso had already pitted. Alonso cruised into first and won the race, while the race leaders pit, including Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, who left the pit box with the fuelling hose still attached to the car.
Yes, among the most controversial in-race actions that determined a race’s outcome, Ferrari pit stop issues were to be had. Even in 2008, Ferrari had strategy and pitstop issues. Some things, like Ferrari’s Red color scheme, are ever-lasting.
Yes, the RB-18 Will Likely Be Faster
How has future two-time Driver’s World Champion and most wins in a season record holder Max Verstappen gotten faster throughout the 2022 Formula 1 season? Simple: Red Bull put the massively overweight RB-18 on a diet. The long-rumored light-weight chassis is set to make its debut at the Singapore Grand Prix.
Yes, Red Bull has developed the RB-18 in other ways, improving upon an already world-beating Adrian Newey-designed race car, which has benefitted Verstappen. At the same time, Perez continues to fall further behind the defending World Champion. Perez has struggled more with the RB-18 as the developments have arrived, while Verstappen has gotten faster. However, the new chassis should make Verstappen quicker and help him capture the World Championship with five races remaining.
Are You Suggesting Making a Wager on a Williams? Are You Mad?
I have an idea of what you could be thinking from the title, so please be patient. I promise it’s not as crazy as it seems.
As noted, the Singapore Grand Prix is extremely taxing on divers mentally (from the focus required) and physically (from the climate) when they are in mid-season fitness form. Alex Albon is recovering from an appendectomy and suffered serious post-surgery complications. As of publication, Albon’s status for the Singapore Grand Prix is unknown, although he aims to be ready for this weekend.
Williams is preparing the Italian Grand Prix stand-out and the hottest commodity on the driver’s market, Nick de Vries, to replace Albon for the Singapore Grand Prix weekend. We also know that Nicholas Latifi will not be returning to Williams (or the F1 grid) for 2023. This is the part where you’ll realize I’m not crazy for suggesting placing a wager on a Williams.
If you can find a prop bet for de Vries to out-qualify and out-finish Latifi, take that bet and the free money from your win. The only thing that will keep de Vries from beating Latifi this week is reliability issues or traffic in qualifying. Yes, we suggest placing a wager on a Williams to beat a Williams. Depending on how the Williams looks in practice, we might even take a chance on de Vries cracking the top 10 in qualifying or the Singapore Grand Prix itself.
The Singapore Grand Prix takes place from September 20 – October 2 from Marina Bay, Singapore.
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