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Formula One is shifting gears for an exciting title race. Lewis Hamilton has captured the lead with a splendid win in the Italian Grand Prix. The night race in the street circuit of Singapore, to be held on this Sunday, will give an opportunity for both the protagonists. Hamilton can consolidate his position, while Sebastian Vettel can regain his lead. Plus, it is a great opportunity for you to get involved in some exciting online betting options. The latest news is that the Red Bull team is likely to offer stiff competition to both Mercedes and Ferrari.
The Marina Bay Street Circuit is the first of its kind in Asia. It is a difficult track to perform overtaking. But it is equally difficult to hold on to a lead. Expect the unexpected. The circuit is 5.065 km long. The drivers have to cover a distance of 308.828 km in 61 laps under floodlights and moonlight. Vettel has won here four times – thrice with Red Bull and once with Ferrari. Hamilton has won here twice. Among the current drivers, only Fernando Alonso has tasted victory in Singapore.
This is a difficult track to race on, with sharp corners and sudden curves. Opportunities for overtaking are rather limited. Gaining pole position becomes vitally important here.
Red Bull has a great record on this circuit. Both their drivers fared well in the first day of practice. If they can manage a one-two in pole position, it will be difficult to dislodge them. Vettel know how to win in this track, provided he gets the right kind of support. Another advantageous aspect for him is that the power of Mercedes will not be a too significant factor Singapore, unlike say in Italy.
Our Prediction : Red Bull drivers will be offering a stiff contest for Hamilton and Vettel. But still it is going to be a contest between Hamilton and Vettel in the end. It is a close call to make. Vettel, if he starts from the pole, will have a slight edge.