The Singapore Grand Prix saw some overwhelming action at the front, back, and in the middle of the grid. With a yellow flag moment as a cherry on the cake, the race at the Marina Bay street circuit was the exact spectacle an F1 fan could wish for. And it is also the only race of 2023 where the superiority dominant Red Bulls did not have anything going for them. Thus, Max Verstappen was far away from the podium as Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz captured the lead of the grid. And thus, the Singapore GP became the first Grand Prix since 2018 which did not have a Red Bull racer in the top 3.
But another thing that turned out to be quite striking about the Singapore GP is the team dynamics at Ferrari. Till now, Charles Leclerc has been known to be their lead racer with Carlos Sainz as the second driver. But it was obvious that Sainz had better pace than his teammate in the SF-23. This has already led to several discussions about Charles Leclerc not possessing the same potential that Carlos Sainz does. And Dutch commentator Allard Kalff emphasized on this point while speaking of the Singapore GP recently.
While most of the Tifosis were convinced that Charles Leclerc is the future F1 World Champion for Ferrari, Carlos Sainz has come out as a surprise. Speaking on this, Kalff said to Motorsport.com, “I think Carlos Sainz can be more of a team leader than Charles Leclerc. The way Sainz talks on the radio, the way he takes matters into his own hands. I think the fact that he’s winning now is fantastic and that he’s doing it this way is equally fantastic.”
Charles Leclerc has promised to bounce back after missing out on podium win in Singapore
Ferrari’s pride Charles Leclerc seemed awfully off pace at the Singapore GP when he ended the race in the fourth place. What seemed strange is that the Monegasque was 21.177s behind his teammate who was driving the same SF-23 as him. But Leclerc has vowed to strive for a better result in the upcoming Japanese GP. But he refused to comment on whether he believes Ferrari are back to their winning ways after the results of the Singapore GP.
Speaking on why it is too early to predict if Ferrari are back in form, Charles Leclerc said, “Singapore has been a very good track for us so we need to wait one more race in order to see whether we have done a really good step forward consistently or whether it’s a one off.”
While the Tifosis will be hoping for a repeat of the Singapore GP weekend to see their Ferrari boys win another race soon, the other teams have their strategies in place. Toto Wolff has already said it might be difficult to have another race where Red Bull will not be in form like what happened in Singapore. But he also vowed that if such a thing does take place, Mercedes will be fully equipped to chase a Grand Prix victory.
Riddhi Mondal is an F1 author at FirstSportz. Having previously worked as a student reporter at The Statesman, she is an ardent follower of all things F1. A nerd through and through, the complicated physics that goes into the cars is what drew Riddhi to the sport. She is a proud McLaren fan who eagerly awaits the paddock's visit to Spa Francorchamps and hopes to attend the Monaco GP one day. A student of medicine, whenever she's not fawning over Daniel Ricciardo or rooting for Max Verstappen to become the next World Champion, Riddhi's either busy reading thrillers, debating, or playing with her six feline friends.
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