Verstappen’s bid to proceed distinctive F1 file in Singapore GP

In successful the final 5 Formulation 1 races on the trot and 11 of 16 in 2022, Max Verstappen enters the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend as overwhelming favorite to assert his thirty second victory.

The reigning World Champion can wrap up the title at Marina Bay, if his lead is 138 factors or extra on Sunday night.

It presently stands at 116 factors, with Charles Leclerc needing eighth place or higher if Verstappen does certainly win. If the Dutchman outscores the Monegasque by 22 or extra factors, it’s over.

Regardless of the inherent tempo benefit of the Crimson Bull, in Verstappen’s palms a minimum of, he can even take consolation from a statistical oddity within the Singapore Grand Prix – and the drivers that win it.

Singapore and the World Champions

The primary Singapore Grand Prix was held in 2008, with 12 races in complete within the World Championship earlier than the COVID-19-forced hiatus.

Each one among them has been gained by a Formulation 1 World Champion.

Break up between 4 drivers, Verstappen has the prospect to change into the fifth champion to overcome the streets of Marina Bay.

Rosberg the odd one out

Sebastian Vettel is essentially the most profitable driver within the historical past of the race with 5 wins, along with his 2019 success being his final in F1 thus far.

Vettel is retiring at season’s finish, however Aston Martin are assured that their automobile will in a position to carry out higher on the excessive downforce nature of the monitor, a circuit that Vettel has at all times gone effectively at.

His 2013 win was essentially the most crushing of his whole profession in his run of 9 successive wins.

Fernando Alonso’s first victory in 2008 was controversial, after teammate Nelson Piquet Jr was infamously ordered to crash by the Renault workforce with the intention to convey a Security Automotive out to help the short-fuelled Spaniard.

The ensuing rush to the pits allowed Alonso to leapfrog to the entrance of the practice and declare the win – and he was allowed to maintain it after the FIA investigated.

As for Hamilton, his 2018 title was maybe constructed on one of the crucial gorgeous qualifying laps within the historical past of Formulation 1. On a monitor which traditionally did not swimsuit the Mercedes, he pumped in a 1:36.015 on his first Q3 lap.

Verstappen bought shut, however Hamilton had set a blistering benchmark which helped propel him to the win.

Nico Rosberg is a statistical oddity in that he’s the one driver to win the race when not a World Champion.

The German’s sole victory in 2016 was one among 9 he collected on his option to the crown, warding off a late cost from Daniel Ricciardo. Hamilton might solely handle third on a subdued weekend for the British driver.

The Singapore GP’s winner’s circle is an unique membership – one which Verstappen is definitely favorite to hitch after 61 laps on Sunday.

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