The Singapore Grand Prix 2016 will take place on Sunday, Sept. 18. Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel was victorious last year, and teammate Kimi Raikkonen sealed third. The Scuderia drivers are ready to replicate their 2015 success, but Raikkonen knows that there’s no guarantee.
“That doesn’t give us any guarantee that it’s going to be the same story this year. We hope it is but time will tell. We’ll start it as any other race weekend – we do our program, and on Friday, we get some ideas of where we are,” said Raikkonen. Sport 360 got in touch with the Finnish driver ahead of the weekend’s activities.
Raikkonen has a good reason to remain realistic considering how Mercedes has been dominating the season so far. Ferrari has not won a single Grand Prix since Singapore last year. Meanwhile, Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have practically divided the race victories between them. This season, only teenage sensation Max Verstappen has managed to claim a victory outside the Mercedes team.
Raikkonen claims that the Ferrari team is better than last year. However, he knows that the teams around them on the grid have also been improving. Last year’s winner, Sebastian Vettel, is also optimistic but cautious.
“I think it would be foolish to make a prediction on Thursday,” he said during a press conference. “It is a track that I personally like very much and it was a good fit for us last year, so if we get up on the right side of the bed on Sunday, we should have a good race,” Vettel continued.
While taking the title in both the Drivers’ and the Constructors’ Championships has become impossible for Ferrari, Vettel says that finishing in second place as a team is the next goal. Ferrari is now only 11 points behind Red Bull Racing in the battle for second place. Mercedes, meanwhile, is already more than 200 points ahead.