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F1 Singapore GP: Hamilton wary of Singapore struggles for Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes is focused on solving its Singapore mistakes but any struggles could be used as a weapon in the F1 title battle.
Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes is focused on learning from its mistakes at last year's Singapore Grand Prix but feels any struggles could be used as an added weapon in the F1 world title battle.

While completely dominating in 2015 Mercedes hit a stumbling block on the unique challenges Singapore poses and both Hamilton and team-mate Nico Rosberg found themselves considerably off the pace of their Ferrari and Red Bull rivals.

READ: How Vettel kept his cool while Hamilton burnt out in 2015

The pair were comfortably out-qualified with Hamilton fifth and Rosberg sixth as both Ferraris and Red Bulls started ahead of them. The race proved equalling tricky with the British driver being forced to retire with a power unit breakdown while his team-mate could only manage fourth to mark the only podium in 2015 without a Mercedes driver on it.

Having enjoyed similar control in F1 this year, Mercedes is plotting against a repeat of last year with Hamilton confident the necessary adaptations will be made at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

Despite this, Hamilton does see the race as a potential benefit in the F1 world championship if he can profit from the heightened competition by putting additional cars between himself and sole title rival Rosberg.

“Last year was difficult and we hope it won't be the same,” Hamilton said. “If Ferrari are closer and more competitive then that is not such a bad thing if there are opportunities to put space between us [him and Rosberg]. Nico would say the same thing. We also want to win every race as a team 1-2 so we are hoping or a good weekend.”

After Rosberg's victory in Italy Hamilton saw his F1 lead trimmed to just two points with seven races remaining.

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mrfill

September 12, 2016 5:55 PM

"...with Hamilton confident the necessary adaptations will be made at the Marina Bay Street Circuit." I trust this does not mean the circuit is being adapted to suit Mercedes, but I would not put it past them.



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