Having recovered from their lack of speed, Ferrari contend with tensions between their two drivers —Vettel and Leclerc
The Finn has been on the podium three out of the four times he has finished the race in Russia.
The Marina Bay track plays well to Mercedes’ strengths but Red Bull could pose a threat.
The FMSCI itself only regained recognition as a national sports federation in 2015, two years after India held its last Formula One race at Greater Noida’s Buddh International Circuit.
The Ferrari driver was on course to take a comfortable pole-to-flag win at the German race in 2018, when a mistake on a track made slippery by a sudden rain shower sent him sliding into the barriers.
His chances of victory, too, look brighter despite a difficult race in Austria two weeks ago, where he finished fifth and Mercedes were dealt their first defeat of the season.
Red Bull will want to chalk up a repeat of last year’s result, especially Max Verstappen whose orange-attired Dutch fans had an entire grandstand to themselves last year.
Sunday’s race wasn’t the first processional Grand Prix nor will it be the last. But that’s not to say every race is or will be as devoid of action.
The Italian team last won in October at the US Grand Prix.
The German marque have won every race so far this year, all but one of them were one-two finishes.
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