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10:16  16 september  2019
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Lewis Hamilton "down for hard racing" ahead of Singapore Grand Prix

  Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton has warned he is "down for hard racing" following an incident with Charles Leclerc in Monza two weeks ago. Leclerc almost collided with Hamilton as the current world champion tried to overtake and Hamilton has said he is ready to battle for victory in Singapore. The Brit explained: “I look forward. There’s nothing I can do about the past. I’m down for hard racing.” Ferrari driver Leclerc received a warning for the incident at the Italian Grand Prix and, following the conclusion of the race, Hamilton admitted he would be willing to change his style of driving as long as there are clear rules and punishments.

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Mercedes are ready for a fierce battle with Red Bull at the Singapore GP but are also not counting out Ferrari, even though the Scuderia believe they will "struggle" under the dazzling Marina Bay lights.

Formula 1 is heading to Singapore for its marquee night race this weekend, with every session live on Sky Sports F1, and Mercedes, following Ferrari's back-to-back victories at the power-friendly Spa and Monza, expect to be better suited to the iconic street circuit - having won at similar low-speed, high-downforce tracks this season.

But Red Bull are also perennial contenders at Singapore - finishing with at least one car in the top-two in every race there since 2009 - while they pushed Lewis Hamilton all the way in Monaco and Hungary 2019, with Max Verstappen on pole in Budapest.

Leclerc sets surprise Ferrari pace

  Leclerc sets surprise Ferrari pace Charles Leclerc unexpectedly set the pace for Ferrari in the final practice session at the Singapore GP ahead of Lewis Hamilton.Although Leclerc has won the past two races, the slow-speed nature of the Marina Bay street circuit has not been expected to suit their car and Friday's timesheet - when they finished 0.8s off Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen's pace - appeared to underline such theories.

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But with Red Bull also looking good on the soft tyre over long runs, Rosberg is not expecting an easy race. "Fortunately the supersoft won't be used in the "But nevertheless even on the soft it's Red Bull who've been the fastest in long run pace for now, very clearly on Friday. "So it will be a tough race

Hamilton, who holds a 63-point lead in the championship heading into F1 2019's final seven races, has had great battles with Verstappen, as well as Ferrari's Charles Leclerc, in recent months and is relishing more of the same.

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"I am not looking forward to the next race thinking it will swing our way," said Hamilton, who lost out in wheel-to-wheel combat when racing Leclerc at the Italian GP.

"I hope that it is competitive between us - I want this battle to continue."

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is braced for Red Bull to be the Silver Arrows' main threat in Singapore - but says Ferrari will also be a rival, despite the Italian outfit's previous lack of pace at circuits without long straights.

Charles Leclerc takes shock Ferrari pole in Singapore

  Charles Leclerc takes shock Ferrari pole in Singapore Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel were denied by Charles Leclerc in Singapore, with the Monegasque claiming his third consecutive pole.The Ferrari driver, who has won the last two races, took his fifth pole of 2019 and third in succession with a tremendous lap of one minute and 36.217 seconds in the final moments of qualifying.

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"We knew that Spa and Monza would be difficult for us," Wolff stated. "On paper, we should be strong in Singapore - as should Red Bull be. Let's see if we are really demolishing them there.

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"But I have no doubt that Ferrari will have learned and will have a good package there, better than Hungary."

Ferrari 'expect to struggle'Ferrari finished a minute off the pace in Budapest, which was the last race before the summer break. Since then, Leclerc has claimed epic wins in Belgium and Italy, the latter making him an instant hero to Scuderia fans.

But Singapore is a very different proposition - regardless of Mercedes' thoughts about Ferrari's chances.

"We need to stay realistic," insisted Leclerc."I think we expected that Spa and Monza would be very good races for our car but we also know that the next few races will be a lot more difficult for our car.

Hamilton shocked by Ferrari surge

  Hamilton shocked by Ferrari surge Lewis Hamilton admitted he did not know where Ferrari suddenly found their Singapore GP pace after being beaten to pole.F1's world champion will start between polesitter Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel at the head of the grid for Sunday's race after a thrilling qualifying session in which Ferrari belied pre-weekend expectations that the battle for honours on the street track would be between Mercedes and Red Bull.

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Max Verstappen won last year’s Mexican Grand Prix. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes Red Bull will pose a challenge when the Formula 1 championship reaches Mexico next month. Wolff’s comments come off the back of the Singapore Grand Prix where Max Verstappen came close to passing

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"It's not going to be easy. especially Singapore. I think it will be a nice surprise if we are better than what we expect - but what we expect - is to struggle there."

Ferrari chief Mattia Binotto agreed: "We knew [Spa and Monza] were tracks where we may have been competitive. Of course it was not a given but certainly they were more power-sensitive with long straights and it was important for us not to miss any opportunities as we did in the first part of the season. Our car was happy.

"Whenever we may go to circuits where there are a lot of corners and where grip-limited is important or maximum downforce will be required to be fast, we are certainly showing our main weakness."

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Merc wary of Red Bull in Singapore

Leclerc extends pole run, Hamilton second .
Charles Leclerc extended his breathtaking run of pole positions to four races, but Lewis Hamilton beat Sebastian Vettel to second.Leclerc has become the first Ferrari driver since Michael Schumacher in 2001 to claim four poles in succession and the 21-year-old now has six overall in 2019.

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