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How strategy question marks could affect Ferrari/Red Bull battle

Pirelli have given an insight into possible strategy choices for the Singapore Grand Prix. However, the nature of the Marina Bay Street Circuit adds some uncertainty to proceedings.

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc will start Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix from pole position, with Red Bull's Sergio Perez lining up alongside him on the front row. With rain having affected the Marina Bay Street Circuit during Saturday, the changing track conditions during qualifying resulted in many drivers switching from Intermediates to slick tyres during the session. Leclerc put in a fastest time of 1:49.412 during a final run at the end of Q3, giving him his ninth pole of 2022 so far. But can the Monegasque maintain this to take victory, or could Max Verstappen – who will start from P8 after a fuel blunder in the final stages of qualifying – make his way through the field? Strategy will arguably play a key role here, and Pirelli have given an insight into what could be the most effective strategies for the race.

Pirelli outlines best strategy options in Singapore

According to Pirelli, the best strategy – should the event stay dry – could be a one-stopper. One way to do this would be to run Medium tyre until between Laps 22 and 28, before switching to the Hard compound until the finish of the 61-lap race. Alternatively, teams could opt to start on the Soft tyre, and go on to the Hard between Laps 18 and 24. However, the unpredictable nature of the Singapore Grand Prix means that there are question marks over strategy due to the influence of various external factors. The Safety Car has made an appearance in every F1 race held at the Marina Bay Street Circuit since it joined the calendar in 2008. Additionally, the weather can have an impact, as was the case during Saturday, with Free Practice 3 limited to half an hour of running due to heavy rainfall. The chance of showers during Sunday's race remains, meaning that there could be several issues for teams and drivers to consider when making their strategy calls in Singapore.

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