Mercedes will bring in more upgrades to its cars after the Singapore Grand Prix. Some of the developments are focused on improving the car’s high- downforce performance. But the upgrade will miss the Singapore GP deadline, where it could make a significant impact says, Valtteri Bottas.
After winning three of the last four races, Hamilton many not be able to hold off Sebastian Vettel from taking a victory in Singapore, given that Ferrari has excellent records at similar tracks like Monaco and Hungary.
“We are going to Singapore knowing that it could be tricky for us,” said Bottas.
“We’ve seen on circuits that require a lot of downforce, Ferrari has been really strong, also in hot races they seem to be really strong. Even Red Bull can be really good.
“So we do have a lot of work to do with the high-downforce package we have.
“We have some upgrades on the way, but not really yet for Singapore.
“It’s going to be a challenge, and we don’t think we are favourites going to Singapore.”
Bottas was happy with the breakthrough Mercedes had achieved at Monza where he came in second. According to him, the car has got “different kind of stability” which differed from what they had in the past races.
But the new found stability may not help as much in Marina Bay.
“We got a good balance, and we did a really good job setting up the car,” he said.
“But [Monza] is so different to any other track, so we can’t rely on that – ‘OK, now we found something that’s going to help towards the end of the year’. We don’t think that way.”
Team boss Toto Wolff says while the team can overcome a few of the problems in navigating tight corners, their W08 is not as well suited for the Singapore circuit as it was to Silverstone, Spa and Monza.
“I still believe there are certain characteristics of the tracks that suit the car or not, and you can see this year the slow, twisty circuits have rather suited Red Bull and Ferrari,” he said.
“Lots of high-speed downforce was good for our car.
“Now, I don’t think that’s a pattern you can’t break. It’s about understanding the car and the more we clock mileage the more we learn about it.
“You can see we didn’t have any issues in the slow speed [corners] at Monza.
“Nevertheless I still expect [Singapore] to be a more difficult weekend for us than Monza, Spa or Silverstone because of those characteristics.”