Lewis Hamilton is in a strong position heading into tomorrow’s Singapore Grand Prix as he is fuelled more heavily than the cars behind him.
Here are the drivers’ fuel weights in full and my thoughts on the start of the race:
|Grid||Qualifying||Name||Weight||Fuel (kg)||First stint (laps)|
Button is carrying almost 30kg more fuel than team mate Barrichello, but will be starting only two places behind him.
Estimated fuel use per lap: 2.533kg
Hamilton starts from pole position for the third time in the last four races. Once again, with KERS at his disposal, he looks likely to be unbeatable getting away from the line.
Several drivers have been complaining about how dusty the track is the weekend. As the racing line passes down the odd-numbered side of the grid, it seems likely those drivers in even-numbered grid slots will be at a disadvantage.
Last year we saw Alonso purposefully use the run-off area at the entrance to turn one to avoid other drivers. But as the kerbs have been changed at the first corner, that may no longer be possible.
Aside from Hamilton, the other KERS runners are starting in the pack and will be hoping to pass some of the cars in front of them. Kovalainen will challenge the BMW duo, and Kimi Raikkonen should be able to pass Button and possibly also Barrichello.
How well the Brawns get away at the start will have a significant bearing on how this races changes the complexion of the championship. Certainly Button cannot afford to get involved in the kind of first-lap incident that ruined his race at Spa.
How do you think the Singapore Grand Prix will unfold? And who’s your tip for the win?
Update: Nick Heidfeld was found to be running underweight in qualifying and was sent to the back of the grid.
Singapore Grand Prix