Despite winning four consecutive drivers’ and constructors’ championships in tandem, Formula One team Red Bull and engine suppliers Renault are set to part ways in acrimonious fashion at the end of the season.
That is the biggest news facing the sport ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix where the drivers are put through their paces under the lights in one of F1’s most spectacular and popular races on the calendar.
Ironically enough, the Marina Bay Street Circuit is also the scene of Red Bull/Renault dominance when Sebastian Vettel was at the wheel, with the quadruple world champion taking three straight Singapore titles between 2011 and 2013.
Those halcyon days are now over however, with Red Bull languishing some 338 points behind leading constructors Mercedes in the constructors championship and laying much of the blame at Renault’s door.
With either Red Bull car taking the chequered flag in this weekend’s race now labelled a 28/1 chance, the fall from grace for Christian Horner’s team is obvious.
At the other end of the spectrum where Red Bull hope to return to at some point, and most probably powered by a Ferrari engine, are Mercedes and more specifically championship leader Lewis Hamilton.
The Brit enjoys a 53-point lead over his Silver Arrows rival Nico Rosberg, and the 1/20 favourite to retain his world title is also hunting down not one, but two of his hero Ayrton Senna’s records in Singapore.
At a circuit where he secured the holy grail of pole, fastest lap and the chequered flag only last year, Hamilton has the chance to equal the great Brazilian driver’s record of 41 victories from 161 starts in F1.
That outcome is rated at 1/2 by Ladbrokes ahead of first practice, while Senna’s record of eight successive poles in a season is also up for equalling should Hamilton deliver on odds of 4/11 at Marina Bay to top the Q3 timesheets.
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