Renault Sport Formula One Team‘s Ciaron Pilbeam expects the Singapore Grand Prix be tough on the rear tyres, mainly at the final sector of the track.
Formula 1 exits the European stage of the season and will head to the Marina Bay Street Circuit, notorious for being one of the toughest circuits the drivers will face on the calendar.
The race is often a challenge for the drivers due to the intense heat and humid temperatures, as well as being one of the physical circuits the drivers will face.
The tyres around the track will also face a challenge on track, with Pirelli bringing the two softest compounds of their range to the weekend, with the Hypersoft being the preferred choice for the teams. Renault will bring three sets of the Softs, two sets of the Ultrasoft and eight sets of the Hypersoft tyres.
Renault’s Chief Race Engineer Ciaron Pilbeam says the circuit will be hard on the tyres due to the high braking and traction on the rear tyres, especially in the final sector due to the series of chicanes.
“The Marina Bay Street Circuit is a complete change from the previous race at the low downforce Monza circuit, and the drivers need to adjust to it,” said Pilbeam
“Singapore is a street course with almost entirely slow corners and close barriers; the cars will all run maximum downforce.
“The circuit layout is hard on tyres, with high braking and traction demands so rear tyre overheating is often a problem, especially in the last sector where there is a series of right-left and left-right chicanes.”
“This is the longest race of the year in terms of time and the heat and humidity make it a severe physical challenge for the drivers.”