Ferrari seek to cut down Mercedes lead

Singapore: Error-prone Ferrari will have to execute a perfect race in the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend to narrow the widening gap between Sebastian Vettel and championship leader Lewis Hamilton. The latter currently leads the former by 30 points while Mercedes are 25 points ahead of Ferrari in team standings.

Ferrari have had the faster car than the Mercedes of late but they have failed to come up with the consistency required to win titles. What should give Ferrari additional confidence going into the night race here Sunday is that they have been faster than Mercedes on the slow and twisty Marina Bay Street Circuit in recent times. Last year, however, it was Hamilton who took the title here after a freak accident took Vettel out.

Hamilton, on the other hand, will be gunning for his fourth win in the last five races, bringing him a step closer to a fifth World Championship crown.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff knows that Singapore will be a stiff test for their power-friendly cars but is not ruling out a hat-trick of victories here after Hamilton and Nico Rosberg won in 2017 and 2016 respectively.

“Singapore has features that we’ve struggled with in the past. On paper, the track should favour the Ferraris, but the championship fight is so close that predictions are almost meaningless,” said Wolff.