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Singapore ‘due diligence’ rests on Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton is taking upon himself to do “all the due diligence” before the Singapore GP. Marina Bay is one track that does not favour Mercedes cars and the three time world champion wants to leave no stone unturned in his prep work.

Although The Silver Arrows team has won two out of the last three races in Singapore, they have a tremendous competition from Ferrari and Red Bull teams.

The heat, the night race and the street circuit of Marina Bay give a big advantage to the other two major contenders to put up a very strong fight against Mercedes every year. Last year Hamilton came in third while Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo came in first and second, respectively.

To keep his lead over Vettel, it is important for Hamilton to do well in the race, prompting him to do all the “due diligence it’s possible” before the race.

So is Hamilton overtly worried about the Singapore race? Hamilton replied: “Currently that’s not my mind-state, no, and I will do all the due diligence it’s possible to make sure that we arrive there best prepared.

“We have no idea until we get there what the picture’s going to look like but I think we learned a lot from the past but on a hot track, Ferrari is often better in hot places.

“I think we’ll be able to give them a good race.

“I think the car is continuing to improve and our understanding of the car is beginning to… it’s constantly improving.

“Perhaps if we went back to Hungary for example, maybe we would be in a better position today with the knowledge of being there already.

“I go and approach it with a real positive mind-set that we are going to be fighting for a win but if that’s not the case when we get there we’ll just take it at face value and try to get damage limitation, I guess.”

After their lack of pace in Monza, Ferrari and Vettel would look forward to a track that plays to their advantage. Since Singapore is not really a high-speed track, it remains to be seen if Mercedes has improved the low-speed tight corners skills to succeed on the streets of Lion city or not.

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