The 2022 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix ended much earlier than we would have liked, with both drivers failing to see the chequered flag around the Marina Bay Street Circuit. A torrential downpour 90 minutes before the race was scheduled to start led to a 65-minute delay, with proceedings underway on intermediate tyres.
It’s a bit frustrating and was tricky out there tonight. It’s confusing with nothing different from the previous lap. However, I just locked up on the front left with the wet making it difficult to predict the brakes. Whilst there wasn’t an issue, and ultimately it comes down to driver error, the brakes are very tricky in the wet, and it’s hard to get them in the right window. We knew coming into Singapore, we likely wouldn’t be fighting for points, so whilst it’s difficult, we can look to Japan and come back fighting.
I looked in the mirrors from the previous corner to see where Zhou Guanyu was. I didn’t see he was there, so I took my usual approach to the racing line on the following corner. I don’t know if he was in a blind spot in the car where the mirror couldn’t pick up. Unfortunately, he was there and in hindsight, I needed to leave more room, but I could only go off what I could see in the mirrors. The aim was to see the chequered flag and learn from the experience, with it being my first race here. However, the incident caused suspension damage, forcing us to retire the car.
Dave Robson, Head of Vehicle Performance:
Once the race started, conditions were like those we had yesterday, with intermediate tyres the correct choice for the race start as the track was taking a long time to dry,” he explained. Pace depended on whether the intermediates’ wear rate matched the track drying rate. Even when the track dried, it remained very slippery, and racing was challenging. Alex’s spin on the opening lap cost him some places but also damaged the car, which harmed the aero for the rest of the weekend. When he hit the wall again, the damage was too significant to continue, and so we retired his car. Nicholas was fighting to hold off Zhou Guanyu early in the race, which ended in contact and suspension damage on Nicholas’s car. It has been a tough couple of days, and we have some work to do to get the cars ready for the race next weekend. However, we look forward to returning to Suzuka and taking on the challenge of one of the drivers’ favourite tracks on the Formula One calendar.
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