Mercedes F1 team boss Toto Wolff wants his team to complete a first in this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton and his team-mate Nico Rosberg completed another one-two at Monza but no team has done that in Singapore.
Wolff said: “After a strong showing in Italy, we go to Singapore with a big challenge ahead of us. No team has ever scored a one-two finish there and with good reason.
“As we have seen before, it’s a race where a single problem can cascade into many more as the weekend progresses. We have to optimise everything to get a solid result.
“We didn’t manage it last year and, although we believe we now understand why, only performance on the racetrack can prove our conclusions right. We are curious and excited to see how it goes.
“Ferrari were mighty around this circuit last year and it will suit the high downforce design philosophy followed by Red Bull, so we must not make the mistake of thinking we are favourites this weekend.
“For the drivers, I think their battle will go to the end and our challenge is to ensure they both have the equal opportunity to fight in terms of equipment and operations. It’s going to be great to watch.”
Rosberg, who crashed out of FP1 following making an error at turn 18 and sustaining damage to his front wing, returned in the FP2 and to post a best lap of one minute and 44.152 seconds to finish the day fastest ahead of the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
Hamilton’s practice running at Marina Bay was cut short after a hydraulic problem in FP2, but the three-time world champion is confident the issue can be resolved.