Singapore is known for its illuminated evening atmosphere but also for the complex tactical choices which often prevail at the Marina Bay track.
As a non-permanent venue, specific challenges are taken into consideration such as variable levels of low grip, street furniture such as manholes and white lines, as well as a high probability of safety cars - 100% so far in the track’s nine-year history.
Like last year, Pirelli brings its three softest tyres to Singapore: the soft, supersoft and ultrasoft compounds.
Pirelli's Mario Isola on Singapore:
"Singapore is always one of the most exciting and unpredictable races of the year, in which pit stop strategy often plays a crucial role in the outcome: also because of the near certainty of a safety car at some point during the arduous two hours.
"Having said that, pole position has historically had a strong influence on the race win at Marina Bay, so qualifying will be crucial as well.
"In order to prepare, teams will have to pay particularly close attention to the free practice data as track temperature at night will evolve in quite a different way than it does at a conventional daytime race.
"Understanding this will be key to getting a good handle on wear and degradation rates, and so implementing an effective tyre strategy."