Talking points ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix

Jolyon Palmer

Jolyon Palmer

It is nearly time for the fourteenth round of the Formula 1 World Championship to get underway and the Scuderia Ferrari duo of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen are already fully focused on the tenth running of the Singapore Grand Prix. On paper, it looks like it's been a particularly good day, but the two Ferraris didn't appear to have an ideal session and ended FP2 behind us. The balance wasn't quite there.

"I think it could be pivotal this year".

Despite stating that they learned from the outcome of 2015, having scraped together a win in 2016 with Nico Rosberg, team boss Toto Wolff remains sceptical of their chances in 2017. The only thing that matters is how the race goes for us.”.

"I recharged the batteries and they are fully charged", claimed Hamilton as he stormed back into the campaign with consecutive wins following the summer break. But, other than a brief virtual safety vehicle deployed to clear away an advertising hoarding that had fallen onto the track, the session was uneventful. Vettel's vehicle needed to be checked over in the pits, costing him valuable time.

"For my part I know I have to perform but it's always been like that in my career". "I was very lucky I could continue".

The Telegraph quoted the French star saying: "Fitness has evolved, but there is a high probability that we could get a heat shock and be in a pretty bad situation". Now we'll see what we can do for tomorrow. Today we were here to practice and, being Friday, everything we did was for free. Saturdays they're very strong, which obviously has its contribution to Sundays, it's not a big secret but I think we are strong, we don't need to hide and there's plenty of positives. The Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon, split by Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, completed the top ten.

The news shouldn't come as a major shock as only last month Ricciardo, tongue planted firmly in cheek, joked to Red Bull co-owner Dietrich Mateschitz: "Unless you pay me $10 million, I'm leaving".

"It wasn't ideal in the afternoon but overall not a lot of things made sense", he said.

"When you stop after the race and the adrenaline decreases you feel it even more", he said.

"It is not exactly where we expected to start", he admitted.

Hamilton jumped ahead of the German in the Driver's Championship for the first time this season with a dominant victory at Monza last time out. Damage was limited in all encounters, with each culprit able to make it back to the pits to face the ire of their respective teams, but no-one appeared to need significant repairs that might put grid slots at risk. "Understanding this will be key to getting a good handle on wear and degradation rates, and so implementing an effective tyre strategy".

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