F1 Singapore Grand Prix 2019: Start Time, Drivers, TV Schedule and MoreFerrari’s Charles Leclerc will attempt to make it a hat-trick of consecutive victories when Formula One resumes with the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday.The 21-year-old has hit a purple patch, winning back-to-back races during visits to Belgium and Italy.
World champion Lewis Hamilton leads the title race ahead of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, but the British superstar has only topped the podium once in the past four outings.Singapore is a unique racing destination, with the event taking place at night at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.
After winning seven of the first 10 races this term, it appeared Hamilton might canter to a sixth world championship. However, the young guard on the grid have made it interesting by tapping into their undoubted winning potential.
Max Verstappen’s success in Germany preceded Hamilton’s win in Hungary, which was followed by two victories for Leclerc. As such, fans have seen two future world champions take their first steps towards expected domination.
However, Hamilton is nowhere near finished. He might now be 34, but he is still the best driver in the world. Hamilton leads the championship by 63 points, but this could be his final season at the top before the Formula One prodigies fight for the title in earnest.
Leclerc’s budding consistency could see him leapfrog Sebastian Vettel as his team’s primary driver. The four-time world champion has achieved six podiums this season but has yet to win a race.
The Prancing Horse’s straight-line speed has been utilised by the younger Scuderia driver, and Leclerc has emerged as the man of the moment.
Hamilton’s performances have remained strong, and the veteran has suggested he has no intention of turning his back on Formula One.
According to Stuart Ballard of the Daily Express, Hamilton has said he could soon negotiate a new Mercedes contract, with his deal set to expire at the end of next season: “There is a point at some stage where I’m going to have to negotiate with them again, and I hope they want to keep me. I just have to keep doing a good job.”
If the Silver Arrows racer tops the standings again this season, he will be just one world title behind Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world championships.
However, the paddock is filled with hungry drivers desperate to break his stranglehold on the sport.