Formula 1 will resume with its night racing ways at the fifteenth round of the World Championship, a thrilling and challenging experience according to Ricciardo who has performed well in Singapore in the last two years.
“Singapore is great, a real night race,” say the Red Bull Racing stalwart.
“Being able to drive through a massive city at night with all the lights flashing between buildings as you go past is an awesome feeling. It’s weird, I think it actually feels like you are going faster at night.”
The specifics of the circuit and its environment hold many difficulties, but Ricciardo admits to enjoying the challenges imposed on the drivers, which are also well balanced with the pleasures provided by a vibrant city which isn’t too far away from his native Australia.
“It’s really hot and humid out there, I would say it is probably the most physical race of the year but I enjoy the challenge.
“One main highlight for me is the food, It’s amazing in Singapore. You can get everything and anything but Chili mud crabs are pretty mega so I love having them a lot.
“It seems like a really fun city and I’m really fortunate to get a lot of people coming over from Australia and especially Perth, this means I get a lot of love in Singapore.”
In 2015, both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg qualified outside of the top 4 at the Asian venue while only the latter finished the race following a blend of improper car set-up and tyre management which drastically affected the Silver Arrows’ performance.
While Mercedes believe its thorough investigation of its mishap last year led to a proper understanding of the issues which affected its performance, it remains guarded until progress is validated at the race track.
“We made some conclusions which helped us in the following races and throughout the season,” Wolff said.
“So in Singapore we are going to check whether our assumptions were right. There is not one thing that went wrong. Many things went together, which is why I am excited and curious to see how Singapore is going to work.”
Wolff, whose team discussed the upcoming Singapore race over the Monza weekend, admitted that an entire season of racing necessarily implied some compromise while the odd race out could not be discarded.
“You can see that where we got it right is that our car is the best compromise. We have 21 races throughout the season and we have to have a chassis-engine combination that works well on average [everywhere].
“But you have teams that have outliers. You have a team that is doing extremely well on circuits like Singapore, with high downforce, but they are not competitive on a circuit like Monza.
“Then you can play the blame game and say the engine is not good enough. But if your car is draggy and has a rake like you are doing a handstand, then you cannot expect to go fast on the straights. It is about finding the best compromise and let’s see what happens in Singapore.”