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The unfortunate lizard fell victim to Alonso and Red Bull is in trouble. Singapore GP Friday

Date: July 24, 2024 Time: 05:57:37

Friday’s free practice took place on the Singapore street circuit ahead of the 16th stage of the 2023 Formula 1 season. Ferrari was again the fastest (and now this is a surprise!), Red Bull had problems with the balance of the car, but the main thing that day was the lizards that crawled on the track.

All the details are in the traditional “Championship” review.

McLaren has updated almost everything. But only on a machine

McLaren can boast the most extensive updates at the Singapore Grand Prix. The MCL60 received new sidepods and a redesigned cooling system, a modified rear underbody, updated front and rear wing end plates and engine casing, different rear brake ducts and suspension arm fairings, as well as a new aerodynamic tail on the “halo”.

Norris on the updated McLaren in Singapore

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Engineers, according to Lando Norris, expect the increase to be even greater than the previous update. Let us remember that it made the Woking team almost the second fastest. For now, however, the new package is only available in a single copy: Oscar Piastri will have to wait until the Japanese stage.

In addition, Alpin and Alpha Tauri came to the Singapore Grand Prix with new sidepods: in Enstone they made a more aggressive air duct profile, and in the Faenza car huge swells appeared on the sides of the cockpit. But Alfa Romeo brought to street racing a car with a redesigned diffuser and a different design of the DRS bar on the rear wing.

Alfa Romeo car updated in Singapore

Photo: Mark Thompson/Getty Images

If we talk about the leaders, Red Bull and Ferrari focused on the front wings: the Austrians redesigned the side plates and Maranello modified the working plane. Mercedes also talked about enlarged front brake air ducts for better cooling in the hot Singapore race.

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Williams has a special livery.

In the next three races, in Singapore, Japan and Qatar, Williams will compete in a special turquoise and orange livery in honor of one of the sponsors. This particular decoration beat out three other options and earned over 50 percent in the fan vote.

Williams will retain the special livery for two more races.

Photo: Mark Thompson/Getty Images

By the way, this is not the first time that Formula 1 teams have used a special livery in honor of Gulf: in 2021, McLaren celebrated the Monaco Grand Prix with a similar color scheme. The coloring brought good luck: Lando Norris finished third and was on the podium for the third time in his career.

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The first training was interrupted by lizards

During the first free practice session, a lizard entered the track; Red Bull even joked that it was a descendant of Godzilla, which Max drove in 2016. This time, three reptiles took to the track at once and the judges had to interrupt the race twice with yellow flags. Unfortunately, Fernando Alonso knocked down one of the lizards.

Verstappen drives around Godzilla’s descendant

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Ferrari is the fastest. Again!

Two weeks ago, Ferrari was the fastest in free practice at Monza, and then many expected a good performance from the Scuderia. The Singapore track is much less suitable for the SF-23, but Carlos Sainz again claimed first place and his teammate Charles Leclerc was second at the end of the day. It is too early to judge Maranello’s prospects in qualifying and the race, but the results of the tests are very encouraging.

Following the pair of Ferraris was George Russell. At first, the Briton was not satisfied with the car’s handling, but the mechanics rebuilt the suspension and George set his best lap more than two tenths faster than Lewis Hamilton. The former champion finished fifth, also losing to Fernando Alonso; There are hopes that Aston Martin will return to the fight for the podium this weekend.

Fernando Alonso training in Singapore

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Where is Red Bull? Max Verstappen, who had complained to the team all day about the behavior of the car, set only the eighth time, losing 0.04 seconds to Sergio Pérez (Checo is in seventh place). Marina Bay is one of the most difficult tracks for the RB19, but the fact that both drivers were slower than Lando Norris (sixth time) is really surprising. However, the team’s engineers are certainly capable of solving the problems.

The Haas drivers showed excellent pace on Friday, with Kevin Magnussen finishing ninth and Nico Hulkenberg finishing 11th. Among them was Valtteri Bottas in an Alfa Romeo; The updates to the car supposedly gave engineers more freedom to tune it. Also noteworthy is Liam Lawson’s twelfth time (Tsunoda is only 16th, almost 0.2 seconds slower), but Alex Albon was unable to shine: due to engine problems, the Thai completed only five laps in the second practice .

Singapore Grand Prix schedule:

Saturday, September 16: 12:30 – third training session. 16:00 – classification.

Sunday, September 17: 15:00 – Singapore Grand Prix.

Moscow time.

Ricciardo is back. I still don’t drive

On the Singapore stage, Daniel Ricciardo appeared in the paddock for the first time after the Zandvoort accident. The Australian continues to recover from a complex fracture in his arm and has not yet gotten behind the wheel, but he spent the entire weekend with engineers and drivers to be aware of what is happening.

Ricciardo in the Alpha Tauri pits at the Singapore Grand Prix

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It should be noted that Ricciardo does not have a place in the team for next season. Liam Lawson appears to have impressed Helmut Marko and has every chance of becoming a prize-winning Alpha Tauri driver. If Liam makes it to the main lineup, someone else should be on the bench: Dan or YukiTsunoda.

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